Green Bay Packers: Reunion with Ryan Grant May Produce More Than Nostalgia

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIDecember 7, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 25:  Ryan Grant #25 of the Green Bay Packers is pursued by  Brian Urlacher #54 and  Major Wright #27 of the Chicago Bears on December 25, 2011 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers made a bold decision by signing Ryan Grant this week.  The Packers signed Grant after the news had come out the James Starks had a significant knee injury.

With the injury earlier in the year to Cedric Benson, who will not return this season due to a Lisfranc injury, the injury to Starks makes the running back position even thinner.

The Packers have had a weak running game for the past few years, but it appeared that things were changing after a couple of successful weeks this season. The Packers are worried that they may be in trouble yet again with the injury to Starks.

They made the decision to bring Grant back on Wednesday. He was the last 1,000-yard rusher for Green Bay and hopes to be a productive piece of the running game Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

While fans are excited to see a former player return, many feel that he may not be able to do much after only rushing the ball once for the Washington Redskins.

However, fans should feel comfortable that Grant will be able to come back into the organization and run the ball effectively.

What people have seemed to forget is that Grant has only been gone for a few months, since he was only released before this season. With the signing of Benson, the Packers made the decision to let him go. Grant is more familiar with this system than Starks, Benson or Green are.

Grant was the most productive running back for the Packers since the days of Ahman Green, with two straight seasons over 1,200 yards rushing. His 2010 season was cut short after injuring his ankle in the very first game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He didn't get many carries the next season, but still averaged 4.1 yards per carry.

Grant is only 29 years old, making him experienced enough to know the offense but not too old to be ineffective. His running style fits well with the offense and his play should show that he is here to be a key piece of the Packers offense.