Ryan Grant Could Be Big Part of Packers Offense By Playoffs

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Ryan Grant

Ryan Grant

There’s been some questions about what Ryan Grant‘s role would be after the Green Bay Packers signed him earlier this week.

Does anyone expect Grant to come in and get 20 carries a game? No. At least, not for the time being.

If James Starks‘ knee injury doesn’t heal quickly, which looks probable, there’s word Grant could be splitting carries with Alex Green by playoff time.

Pro Football Weekly has word that the Packers will increase Grant’s load as the season goes on.

… we hear Grant will not be expected to come anywhere close to taking over the featured-back role he previously filled so ably. However, while Grant is likely expected to play second fiddle to second-year pro Alex Green more often than not, word is the team is planning on steadily increasing his usage as the season wears on.

… it would not be a shock if Grant is sharing close to an equal load come playoff time with Green, whose contrasting style could create an effective time-share situation.

It makes sense to start Grant off slowly since he’s spent only one month on an active roster this season (with Washington) and received only one carry during that time.

However, if Grant can get his legs back and show he has something left in the tank, there’s no reason he shouldn’t be getting carries. Does he have something left in the tank?

Our guess is he does. Grant will be 30 on Sunday, but he has considerably fewer carries than most guys his age. He’s only had more than 300 carries in a season once (312 in 2008) and only came close one other time (282 in 2009).

So Grant hasn’t taken the pounding of, say, a Cedric Benson. You also know he’s motivated after no one, including the Packers, wanted him in free agency this past offseason.

Are we going to see the Ryan Grant of 2009 again? Highly unlikely.

The Packers would be really happy with the 4.3 yards per carry guy Grant has been over the course of his career though.

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Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

9 Comments on "Ryan Grant Could Be Big Part of Packers Offense By Playoffs"

  1. TyKoSteamboat

    If he plays a big part in the offense then that means he’ll prolly fumble…

    Don’t fucken fumble

  2. Vijay

    He will be the boost we need to put us over the top and into the 2nd round of the playoffs, where we will be beaten by the Giants or 49ers, maybe.

  3. tequila

    Keep in mind he is really well liked in the locker room too, could be an emotional boost for an injured squad.

  4. 1,107 regular season touches in Grant’s career. Only 7 fumbles. Obviously there’s one in particular from post-season everyone is thinking of, but we had some bigger problems than that in that game anyway…. I think we’ll be alright with that.

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