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2020 Training Camp Preview: Wide Receivers

The receiver who moonlights as a return man is more than just a straight-line burner, he’s appointment viewing in the Dolphins one-on-one drills at practice. With plenty of shake, few players can create immediate separation off the line like Grant.

During his four-year career, Grant has scored eight touchdowns. And those house calls usually come from long distance. With touchdowns of 102, 101, 74, 71, 65 and 52 yards, Grant can provide an instant spark to the Dolphins offense and special teams.

The team showed its belief in Grant last summer with a contract extension. Flores spoke to the reasons he felt it important to get that deal done at his next media availability.

“You know I’m a big proponent of the kicking game, so his value as a kick returner, punt returner and his ability to make big plays in those areas, I think it’s very important,” Flores said. “As a receiver, I think there’s – obviously, he can be dynamic. This guy’s fast. This guy’s elusive. He’s strong for a little guy, and he works hard. Football’s very important to him, and being part of this team is very important to him, so congratulations to him. I think it was well-deserved, and we’re happy to have him.”

The receiver who moonlights as a return man is more than just a straight-line burner, he’s appointment viewing in the Dolphins one-on-one drills at practice. With plenty of shake, few players can create immediate separation off the line like Grant.

Matt Cole – Rookie
Jersey: 82
College: McKendree
Opening Day Age: 23

Every year, Sports Illustrated’s Kalyn Kahler chooses a draft-eligible sleeper for her ‘Prospect X’ feature. This year, that distinction went to McKendree University’s Matt Cole. Cole caught 43 passes for 939 yards and 12 touchdowns in his senior season. He also averaged 27.2 yards on kick returns, 26 yards on punt returns and scored from 100 and 74 yards on special teams.

Cole is listed at 5-foot-10, 197 pounds. He participated in Northwestern’s Pro Day in March where he clocked a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash and 37.5 inches in the vertical jump.

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