Bombers’ kick returner Janarion Grant opts out to pursue NFL opportunities

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have had another player opt out of their contract based on the agreement made between the CFL and CFL Players’ Association after the cancelled 2020 season.

According to Bombers’ writer Ed Tait, kick returner Janarion Grant has joined the list of players seeking employment south of the border.

Grant played 11 games for the Grey Cup champions in 2019, returning 41 punts for 591 yards and three touchdowns, two of which came during his improbable debut for the Bombers. He added 25 kick-off returns for 600 yards and one missed field goal return of 61 yards.

Grant spent five years returning kicks at Rutgers University prior to turning pro. In 46 games, he amassed 2,857 yards and five touchdowns on 115 kick returns. He also returned 52 punts for 588 yards and three scores.

After going undrafted in 2018, Grant made the Baltimore Ravens active roster as their primary returner but was waived to the practice squad after two fumbles in his first two games. Grant began the 2019 season with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats but was released after a short practice roster stint.

After establishing himself in Winnipeg, the electric return man now hopes the door is open for an NFL return.