The Green Bay Packers may consider cutting running back [intlink id=”64″ type=”category”]Ryan Grant[/intlink], according to Tom Silverstein.
Grant, who missed all but one game last season with an ankle injury, appears to be in competition with [intlink id=”1280″ type=”category”]Dmitri Nance[/intlink] for one roster spot. That’s assuming [intlink id=”1038″ type=”category”]James Starks[/intlink] and [intlink id=”1618″ type=”category”]Alex Green[/intlink] are guaranteed to make the team.
“We’re trying to get Ryan and James – and, now Alex is back – we’re trying to get those guys a certain number of carries each game,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “I definitely would like to start off getting Ryan going this week.”
It’s impossible to read McCarthy’s mind, but the decision to see more of Grant means either he isn’t sure whether Grant still has it or he’s sure of it and just wants to get him back to form after a year layoff. Grant has missed some running opportunities this summer, including a poor decision on a draw play against the Cardinals, but he’s also the kind of player who gets better with carries.
None of the Packers running backs have gotten many carries this preseason. Grant has eight, Green six and Starks two.
Nance had four in the Packers win over Arizona last week, but he gained 28 yards against the Cardinals third-string defense. Impressive average against guys who aren’t very good.
The players’ salaries may also play a role in the decision. Grant is scheduled to make $3.5 million and Nance will make $525,000.
This week’s game will likely give us a better idea of how the team’s running back situation will play out.