With Jakeem Grant gone, Patrick Mahomes identifies two who could fill void

Jakeem Grant made The Associated Press All-America team last year as the third-team all-purpose player, and his departure leaves a void in the Texas Tech attack. Grant caught 90 passes for 1,268 yards and 10 touchdowns his senior year, threw a touchdown pass in a win at Arkansas, ran for the final TD in a victory at Texas and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.

Now quarterback Patrick Mahomes has to find a new security blanket.

“So far, Cameron Batson’s been a great, great replacement,” Mahomes said after Tuesday’s practice. “He’s kind of the same type of guy. He’s gotten a lot of the little shorter routes down. And outside-wise, Dylan Cantrell, I played with him in high school, so I have the comfort of being able to have great timing with him on any route.”

The praise for Batson wasn’t the first lately for the junior from Oklahoma City Millwood. Offensive coordinator Eric Morris touted him last week.

“Cam’s the guy who I thought came on at the end of the year last year,” Morris said. “He’s had an incredible offseason. It’s Cam’s job to lose right now.”

Batson caught 29 passes for 327 yards and a touchdown last season. The competition at his spot, “H” inside receiver, comes from mid-term junior-college transfer DaQuan Bowman and sophomore Keke Coutee.

 

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