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Dwayne Gratz | Defensive Back

Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/8/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 201
College: Connecticut
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Recent News's John Oehser said the Jaguars view second-year CB Dwayne Gratz as a "building block of the defense."
Gratz had a solid rookie campaign, earning positive marks from Pro Football Focus and holding opposing quarterbacks to a meager 75.7 quarterback rating when they threw his way. Will Blackmon will challenge him, but Gratz is the favorite to open the season opposite Alan Ball. Jul 10 - 12:41 PM

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Jaguars second-year CB Dwayne Gratz wants to improve his footwork and use his hands better in 2014.

Gratz is penciled in as a starter opposite Alan Ball, though Will Blackmon is also in the mix. Blackmon handles slot duties in sub-packages. Gratz played 494 defensive snaps as a rookie and missed time with two separate ankle injuries. Quarterbacks produced a meager 75.7 rating while throwing at Gratz. At 5-foot-11 and 201 pounds, he has the size coach Gus Bradley covets.
Apr 27 - 11:07 AM

Jaguars CB Dwayne Gratz left Sunday's Week 16 game against the Titans with an ankle injury.

He's been ruled out for the rest of the game. Will Blackmon has replaced Gratz in the starting lineup.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 02:08:00 PM

Jaguars CB Dwayne Gratz will start in Week 10 against the Titans.

Gratz was a starter before missing five games with an ankle injury, but had been playing behind Will Blackmon the last two weeks. He'll get the majority of snaps opposite Alan Ball in the Jaguars base defense, with Blackmon playing in sub-packages.
Sat, Nov 9, 2013 03:13:00 PM

Jaguars CB Dwayne Gratz (ankle) is not expected to play Week 5.

Gratz has a legit high-ankle sprain. The third-round rookie has been forced to sit and watch his teammates get humiliated in four straight games. The Jags secondary should be the antidote for what ails Sam Bradford and the Rams offense. St. Louis has been installed as a 13-point favorite.
Mon, Sep 30, 2013 12:53:00 PM

Jaguars CB Dwayne Gratz (high-ankle sprain) has shed his walking boot, but isn't expected to be ready for Week 4.

Perhaps he'll be ready for Week 5 in St. Louis. With both Gratz and Alan Ball banged up, the Jags have been mixing and matching at cornerback, with predictably poor results.
Mon, Sep 23, 2013 03:58:00 PM

Updating previous items, Jaguars rookie CB Dwayne Gratz has a high-ankle sprain.

Gratz's injury was initially classified as a shin issue. He's expected to be sidelined at least three weeks. Gratz never missed a game in college at Connecticut. Mike Harris or Will Blackmon will start in Gratz's place.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 06:48:00 PM

Jaguars rookie CB Dwayne Gratz's right shin injury will cost him at least three weeks.

He should be considered out indefinitely. The 64th overall pick in the draft, Gratz earned a starting job out of training camp across from Alan Ball. The Jags are in rough shape at cornerback entering Week 2 against the Raiders.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 03:48:00 PM

Jaguars rookie CB Dwayne Gratz (right shin) was spotted in a walking boot following Sunday's Week 1 loss to the Chiefs.

Gratz went down in the first half after getting hit in the leg by Anthony Fasano. "I don't think it's anything serious," he said. "[The boot] is basically a precaution." Mike Harris is Gratz's backup opposite Alan Ball.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 09:59:00 AM

Jaguars rookie CB Dwayne Gratz exited Sunday's opener against the Chiefs with a shin contusion and is questionable to return.

Gratz, who started opposite Alan Ball, limped off just before halftime. He's seen a good amount of Dwayne Bowe and has fared pretty well against the veteran receiver. Mike Harris entered the game in Gratz's place.
Sun, Sep 8, 2013 02:37:00 PM

Jaguars rookie Dwayne Gratz and journeyman Alan Ball are considered the favorites to start at cornerback.

A third-round pick out of UConn, Gratz has drawn internal comparisons to Carlos Rogers from Jags DBs coach DeWayne Walker. Ball is entering his seventh season, but has historically been a liability in pass coverage. He played only 85 snaps for the Texans last season, and was used primarily on special teams. It's a concerning situation for the Jags, magnified by the fact they'll also be starting a rookie in Johnathan Cyprien at safety.
Wed, Jul 10, 2013 08:59:00 AM

Jaguars signed third-round CB Dwayne Gratz to a four-year contract.

The Jags are desperate for the top part of their draft class to make an instant impact, and Gratz is no different. He'll step right in as a Week 1 starter and will be expected to deal with some of the game's No. 1 wideouts. The Jags' only other options are Alan Ball and Marcus Trufant. It's going to be a secondary worth attacking in fantasy matchups.
Tue, Jun 18, 2013 12:18:00 PM

The Florida Times Union confirms No. 64 overall pick CB Dwayne Gratz is expected to be a Week 1 starter.

And he might very well be Jacksonville's No. 1 corner in arguably the league's weakest secondary. A 5-foot-11, 201-pound press cornerback, Gratz has drawn internal comparisons to Carlos Rogers, whom new Jags DBs coach DeWayne Walker coached as a Redskin. Gratz could offer sneaky rookie IDP value.
Fri, Jun 7, 2013 10:19:00 PM

The Jaguars are internally comparing No. 64 pick Dwayne Gratz to Carlos Rogers, whom Jags DBs coach DeWayne Walker coached in Washington.

An almost certain Week 1 starter, Gratz has adequate size (5-foot-11, 201) and can play bump-and-run coverage, which is the style Jacksonville will use under Walker and rookie coach Gus Bradley. "He’s just a football player," said Walker. "He reminds me a little bit of Rogers when I had him as a rookie. He’s tough and just a smooth player. And you can see he has good football instincts."
Sun, May 5, 2013 09:34:00 AM

Jaguars selected UConn CB Dwayne Gratz with the No. 64 overall pick.

Gratz surprisingly comes off the board before his more heralded secondary mate Blidi Wreh-Wilson. He should see heavy snaps as a rookie as the Jags remake their secondary. Gratz (5-11, 201) started 41 games for the Huskies, tallying eight picks. Overshadowed by Wreh-Wilson, Gratz made a name for himself with a standout Combine, running 4.47 with a 38-inch vertical, 10-foot-5 broad jump and 22 reps on the bench. He plays with enough physicality to excel as a press corner.
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 08:44:00 PM

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