The return of Ryan Grant from an ankle injury was supposed to help improve the Packers ground attack in 2011. But according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, he’s not a lock to make the team. In fact, the report suggests that “the only certainties at the position for the 53-man roster are James Starks, Alex Green and John Kuhn.”
Personally, I’d be shocked if the Packers decided to keep someone like Dmitri Nance ahead of Grant. When you also consider that Grant has barely seen any work in the preseason, it’s hard to pass a final judgment. In fact, Grant has carried the football a mere eight times while Starks has toted the rock just twice.
“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.”
As it stands, I’d still draft Grant first out of the Packers backfield — somewhere in the middle rounds as a No. 2 or 3 running back. Just keep tabs on this situation, and remember that the role he held as a true featured back from 2008-2009 could be closer to a committee situation this season.