Just like the inside linebacker position, Green Bay’s running back depth is a little thin right now. Just as newcomer Cedric Benson seemed to be getting comfortable in the offense, he went down with a foot injury and can’t return until December 16 when the Packers visit Chicago.
Brandon Saine was just put on IR and is done for the year. That leaves only Alex Green, James Starks, Johnny Winter and John Kuhn to run the football.
I’m confident in Alex Green after his performance against the Texans, but again, the depth worries me. Starks just got back from a turf toe injury and has always had trouble staying healthy, Winter was just picked up off of waivers and Kuhn is a fullback.
The Carolina Panthers, on the other hand, have a plethora of running backs. DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart are locked up for at least four years each, leaving Mike Tolbert the odd man out.
Although he was a solid runner in San Diego, the heavy competition in Carolina has allowed Tolbert to carry the ball only 11 times this season.
He’s a powerful runner that would be a great goal-line option, and he’s also a great pass-catcher—he snagged 54 passes last year.
Both of those attributes would go great with Green Bay’s offense.
Losing one draft pick would be well worth Tolbert’s services.