Green Bay Packers Need to Re-Sign Running Back Ryan Grant

Chris PetersonAnalyst IMay 11, 2012

Grant is not flashy but he can be counted on.
Grant is not flashy but he can be counted on.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

If Green Bay Packer fans know one thing about Mike McCarthy, it is that he loves to pass the ball. And with Aaron Rodgers as his quarterback, who could blame him?

However, as good as Rodgers and his group of wide receivers are, the running game is still an essential part of winning games in the National Football League. 

Green Bay is a cold place and often forces the team to play in bad weather at the end of the season. The Packers should be built with cold-weather in mind. Right now, they are not. 

It is hard to argue with the talent Green Bay has at receiver. It is quite staggering when you look at it. Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, Jermichael Finley, James Jones, Randall Cobb and Donald Driver arguably form the most dangerous receiving corps in the league, which teamed with Rodgers forms a unstoppable passing attack.

Yet when the bad weather sets in, often times it is the running game that takes center stage. This should be a cause for concern amongst Packer fans.  

According to, Green Bay ranked 26th or worse in rushing yards, rushing attempts, yards per carry and yards per game. The only category where they finished ranked inside the top 20 was rushing touchdowns. 

The Packers could be even worse in 2012.

The only running back currently on the roster with any considerable NFL experience is James Starks, who has been injured the majority of his pro career, playing in just 16 games in his first two NFL seasons.  

Behind Starks, Green Bay boasts only a pair of second-year runners in Alex Green and Brandon Saine, fullback John Kuhn, and a pair of rookie free agents. Not an impressive depth chart for a championship caliber team.   

The Packers should turn their attention to the still unsigned, Ryan Grant. He declined offers from the Patriots and Lions, leaving the door open for a return to Green Bay. 

Last season, Grant saw his role in Green Bay decrease. When given the opportunity, he has proved his effectiveness. He carried the ball 134 times for 559 yards, an average of 4.2 yards per carry. Grant also ran for two touchdowns and added 19 receptions for 268 yards.

The former undrafted free agent from Notre Dame, may not be flashy or a superstar, but he is certainly good enough for Green Bay.

Make no mistake, they need him back. 

Green Bay may not need to run the ball well to win every game, but if a return trip to the Super Bowl is in the cards, a reliable running game is needed.

Which is precisely why the Packers should re-sign Ryan Grant.