Jakeem Grant kept a promise to his three young children Monday night.
“I talked to before every game. I always tell them, ‘Daddy’s going to make a touchdown for you,'” Grant said.
Grant continued: “I promised my little ones right before the game that I would make a touchdown for them. And I had to.”
It was the first receiving touchdown of Grant’s two-year career, and a validation of what he has long argued: That he is more than a gadget player and kick returner.
The undersized Grant made an tough, leaping catch, and beat Patriots corner Malcolm Butler to the ball.
“I wanted to make a play for the team,” said Grant, who finished with two catches for 42 yards.
Instead, Grant let what would have been a game-clinching bomb from Cutler slip through his fingers.
Drops plagued his rookie year, but he had been better at catching the ball in Year 2.