Edward Gant doesn't have the eye-catching school on the résumé (he went to North Alabama) or any eye-popping stats – his senior season as a wide receiver, he had 27 receptions for 595 yards and 10 touchdowns, while being used at running back some and returning kickoffs and punts. Not only was Gant not drafted, but he wasn't even part of the immediate wave of undrafted rookies signed, coming to the Cardinals May 18.
What Gant does have is bloodlines. His cousin is Ron Gant, former Major League baseball player. His brother is [
cornerback Phillip Buchanon](http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3953165).
"In college, when you have someone who is a pro athlete in your family, a lot of coaches expect a lot from you," Edward Gant said. "I didn't say too much about Philip being my brother, because they'd be like, 'Oh, Phillip Buchanon's brother, he ought to be able to do this or that, he should be pretty good.' I try not to pay too much attention to it, and just play my game."
The advice Buchanon has given him is simple. Pay attention. "He told me coming from a small school, the playbook concept might be a little difficult, but I went against him one-on-one at the University of Miami, and he coached me pretty good," Gant said. "He said, 'Do your homework, and watch Larry (Fitzgerald), watch Steve (Breaston), and learn from them.' "
Of course, Gant's spot is tenuous. The Cardinals are carrying five extra players right now so as soon as the next draft pick signs, someone has to be cut. At some point, wide receiver will be an affected position; the main reason Gant was signed was because fellow undrafted rookie Shane Morales couldn't take part in OTAs because his school (Oregon State) was still in session and, of course, Anquan Boldin wasn't around. We'll have to see if Gant did enough for coaches to want to bring him to training camp, and whether his talent can match that of his relatives.