By Sam Gordon
It just gets deeper and deeper at wide receiver for the Massachusetts Pirates.
The team has officially announced the signing of wide receiver Antwane Grant.
If a Pirates fan happened to watch the Arena Football League last year, Antwane Grant should be very familiar. Like Pirates receiver Thomas Owens, he won Rookie of the Year last season as an Atlantic City Blackjack, sharing it with former Columbus Destroyer receiver Fabian Guerra.
The former Cincinnati Bengal and Saskatchewan Roughrider led the Blackjacks last season with 959 receiving yards. In the final six games of the season, Grant scored 14 out of his 15 touchdowns and recorded five 100-yard performances with 13.3 yards per reception.
To top that off, the 27-year-old showed off his versatility with two rushing touchdowns on eight carries.
Grant believes he brings more than just a one-trick pony to Worcester.
“I feel like I bring a lot of versatility to the team,” Grant told masspiratesfootball.com. “Whether it being a big red zone target or taking the top off a defense, I’m very versatile if they want me to run the ball as well. I just bring a lot of different elements to the game, I’m glad to be here.”
Pirates owner and general manager Jawad Yatim could not be happier to have another rookie of the year with experience on the roster.
“Antwane is coming off a very productive season last year, a season that resembles Thomas Owen’s season from a year ago,” Yatim said. “Both guys were rookies and once they started to catch their stride in the arena game they took off. Antwane is a very strong, sure handed receiver and he adds some more experience to our receiving core. This is the most competitive roster we’ve had coming into camp as an organization thus far and I’m looking forward to seeing all of our guys come in and compete.”
Grant is excited not only to make an impact on the field, but to pass on his knowledge to the rookie wide receivers taking the field this season.
“That’s definitely the goal to come in and be one of the guys that the inexperienced players lean on,” Grant said. “If the inexperienced guys want to lean on me and ask me questions, that’s a goal that I’m definitely looking to hone in on and embrace.”