How much is Ryan Grant really being counted on to come to the rescue of the Packers’ bruised and battered ground game?
Re-signed shortly after it was revealed that RB James Starks possibly could miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, 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.
Grant, who turns 30 this Sunday when the Packers take on the Lions in prime time, didn’t work out very well with the Redskins, who cut him this season after he spent one month with the team and carried the ball only one time. Tryouts with the Lions, Bears and Giants, the team that originally signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2005, also went nowhere.
But he’s a proven commodity with relatively fresh legs and far fewer career carries under his belt than Cedric Benson, who is out for the season after requiring foot surgery, and 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.
As for the injury-prone Starks, who was coming on strong before hurting his knee in Week 13, it was assumed by many close to the team that he would be placed on injured reserve. But that hasn’t happened yet, thereby triggering faint hopes Starks might still be able to make a contribution in the season’s final stages.