During the off-season there was an expectation that the Green Bay Packers would re-sign RB Ryan Grant. The expectation was due to the Packers lack of a running game, and Grant having familiarity with the system. GM Ted Thompson went a different direction, signing embattled running back Cedric Benson to a one year deal.
Before the week 15 match up against the Detroit Lions, the Packers made the move to bring in Grant. Grant has looked re-energized, and looks like he’s in 2008 form. Last year Grant had a terrible year coming off an injury where he never seemed comfortable running the ball.
With RB Alex Green out with a concussion against the Tennessee Titans, Grant carried the load with 20 carries, 80 yards and two touchdowns. Although it was against the Titans 23rd ranked run defense, Grant showed an ability to see the hole and make his cuts when needed. He seems rejuvenated and ready for a playoff run. This is why I think the Packers should name Grant as the starting running back and mix in Green and DuJuan Harris as needed.
All this team really needs for a great playoff run is a solid running game. That lies with Grant, and the improving offensive line. Grant is also a reliable pass catcher, and he has proven that he can take screen passes the distance.
If the Packers are going to win a Super Bowl or even contend for one this season then it’s going to happen on the back, or rather the legs of Grant.
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