Green Bay Packers' Roster Breakdown: Running Backs

M. S.Correspondent IMay 19, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 16:  Running back Ryan Grant #25 of the Green Bay Packers carried the ball as he rushed for 145 yards  against the Chicago Bears during NFL action at Lambeau Field on November 16, 2008 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Bears 37-3.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Last year, Ryan Grant missed a large portion of the offseason and still ran for over 1200 yards, despite a makeshift offensive line and one of the best passing offenses in the league.

He will come into the year as the starter and will look to build on last year’s success and hopefully find the endzone a few more times than he did last year (four).  Backup Brandon Jackson became much better and finally showed glimpses of the second round pick he is supposed to be.

He came into camp last year much faster, stronger, and had added a good amount of muscle to his frame.  He was an excellent third down running back for the Packers and will likely see an increase in carries this year despite head coach Mike McCarthy not being a fan of the two back system.

There is some question about who will win the third running back spot, but my gut tells me it will be Kregg Lumpkin. 

DeShawn Wynn and Tyrell Sutton are the other potential candidates for the spot, but Wynn’s time has run out and Sutton is an undrafted rookie that seems like more of a project.  Lumpkin is tremendously talented but has never seemed to stay healthy.

If he can make it through the preseason without any injuries, he will be on the team.  If he continues his streak of injuries, Wynn will get the nod as the third running back.

At the fullback position, everything I hear says that fifth round selection Quinn Johnson will get every chance to start.

Standing in his way will be current starter Korey Hall who did an above average job last year at the position.  The odd man out looks to be John Kuhn who produced well but is replaceable at the position.

2009 Projections

Ryan Grant: 310 rushes, 1251 yards, 3.9 ypc, 6 TD’s

Brandon Jackson: 80 rushes, 320 yards, 4.0 ypc, 2 TD’s

Kregg Lumpkin: 5 rushes, 19 yards, 3.9 ypc, 0 TD’s