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Ryan Grant Snags First Career NFL Touchdown

Posted Oct 27, 2015

Ryan Grant's third quarter touchdown -- his first career score -- was the first of three second-half scores for the Redskins Sunday in their victory over the Bucs.

Ryan Grant's third quarter touchdown -- his first career score -- was the first of three second-half scores for the Redskins Sunday in their victory over the Bucs.

Sometimes as a wide receiver, patience is the most important thing. When relying on another player to get you the ball, more times than not your number won’t be called.

For second-year Washington Redskins wide receiver Ryan Grant, it took 23 games before he got his first career touchdown, snagging a three-yard pass in the corner of the end zone Sunday during the team’s 31-30 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

For Grant, a pregame talk with veteran wide receiver DeSean Jackson made all the difference.

“He was telling me to stay in it,” Grant said. “Being a wide out sometimes can be frustrating not getting the ball. But that’s my big brother, and he was just telling me to stay in it and stay focused.”

Grant took advantage of some miscommunication by the Buccaneers’ defense, as he found himself wide-open for the score.

“It was a corner route,” Grant said. “I think they kind of messed up and left me wide open. …“Kirk [Cousins] put it on the run for me. I was able to catch the ball and put six on the board.”

While it was a moment he had been waiting his whole life for -- one that few will ever come close to achieving -- Grant’s celebration was similar to his workmanlike approach to the game.

Nothing flashy, just grabbing the ball then sprinting back to the Redskins’ sideline.

“If we were winning I probably would have did a little something, but we were down at the time, so I just wanted to get in and get out,” he said.

Drafted by the Redskins in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Tulane, Grant was used sparingly during his rookie season.

That doesn’t mean he lacked talent as he impressed teammates with his sharp route running and sure hands.

He was just simply on the both of a depth chart that included Jackson, Pierre Garçon and Santana Moss among others.

This season, though, has been different for Grant.

With Jackson battling a hamstring injury and out of the lineup for pretty much the entire season outside of a few minutes, Grant has appeared in all seven games with four starts.

He’s recorded 17 receptions for 194 yards including a career-high 54 yards against the Buccaneers.

As he continues to grow, Grant believe he’s only get better with a group of men around him that want to see him succeed.

“I wouldn’t consider us a team, man, it’s more so a family,” Grant said. “We’re all brothers, so we believe in each other. We have confidence in each other and I feel like if we play like we played today, we can shock the world.”

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