Ranking the Running Game, Part Five: Green Bay Packers

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Ranking the Running Game, Part Five: Green Bay Packers
Part 5 of a 32 part series, a running back position analysis of each franchise. The NFC North division winner was the Green Bay Packers with a 13-3 record. The Packers beat  the Seattle Seahawks in the Divisional Playoff game fueled by Ryan Grant overcoming 2 fumbles and then rushing for 201 yards & 3 TD’s at snowy Lambeau Field. In the Conference Championship the Packers hosted the NY Giants in an epic contest. However, Ryan Grant wasn’t a factor against his former team. The Giants controlled the clock & wore down Green Bay as the game went into the latter stages. The Giants held  the ball for over 40 minutes and exerted their will throughout the 2nd half and overtime. This gave Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes the chance to atone for his earlier two misses and kick the Giants into the Super Bowl on a 47 yard Field Goal. The Packers as a team rushed for 100 yards per game.


Green Bay Packers 

Ryan Grant           6” 1”  224 lbs. 188 Att.  956 Yards  5.1 YPC Avg.  8 TD’s

                              (Post-Season     40 Att.  230 Yards  5.8 YPC Avg.  3 TD’s)

Brandon Jackson   5’ 10” 212 lbs.  75 Att.  267 Yards  3.6  YPC Avg. 1 TD


Noah Herron          5’ 11” 218 lbs.  3rd year player 2007 placed on Injured Reserve


DeShawn Wynn     5’ 10” 232 lbs.  50Att.   203 Yards  4.1 YPC Avg.  4 TD’s


Taking a chance on Ryan Grant and signing him from the Giants practice squad was huge. Ryan Grant is 25 years old & a player that has gotten it early and has developed well within the Packers system and should be a factor in their running game for a while. Brandon Jackson, Noah Herron & DeShawn Wynn all provide depth at the position but capable of performing well when called upon. The Packers don’t have a need to draft a running back in this draft. The team has a need to draft a CB. The team also needs to stabilize the two Guard positions as they shuffled Jason Spitz, Daryn Colledge & Junius Coston the majority of 2007.


The question for the Packers: Can Aaron Rodgers deal with the pressure of trying to replace the legend Brett Favre?   


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