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Packers have a decision to make on Ryan Grant

Posted on: March 16, 2011 11:40 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit

There’s an interesting decision to be made in Green Bay soon (or hopefully soon – depends when the 2011 league year actually starts). Ryan Grant is due $5.25 million in 2011. According to Fox Sports’ Adam Caplan, $1 million of that money is a rosteR. Grant (US Presswire)r bonus, due on the 15th day of the new league year.

This is hefty cash for a 28-year-old running back coming off a season-ending ankle injury. Even if Grant is 100 percent healthy (which will likely be the case), the Packers obviously had success without him in 2010. And they appear to be fond of last year’s sixth-round rookie running back James Starks.

“You could see the talent the first day he arrived,” head coach Mike McCarthy said at the scouting combine. “It was a very unusual situation with his medical history coming out of college, not being able to play because he was on PUP (physically-unable-to-perform list). I think everybody got a clean look at what he’s able to do in the playoffs. The opportunity to go through training camp and have a full year of training under his belt, he definitely has big days ahead of him.”

What’s more, the Packers tendered an RFA offer to third down back Brandon Jackson. And fullback John Kuhn has been effective as the short-yardage ballcarrier.

When right, Grant has shown he’s good for 1,200 yards a season. But the reality is he’s probably the most replaceable 1,200-yard back in football. His mechanical downhill style of running is heavily dependent on the run-blocking of the offensive line. Unlike an Adrian Peterson or a Chris Johnson, Grant doesn’t have the lateral agility or quickness to create his own space. That’s why he was undrafted coming out of Notre Dame.

It’s possible, perhaps even probable, that the Packers will keep Grant around. They may want to find out if Starks is actually the real deal. (Remember, it wasn’t long ago that Samkon Gado put up some impressive numbers late in the season for the Packers; what did Gado amount to?). But it’s also possible that Grant could go the way of Nick Barnett, which is to say he loses his starting job to injury.

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