Ryan Grant: A Few Thoughts on Mr. Grant

Jerimiah NicholsContributor IMarch 23, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 03:  Ryan Grant #25 of the Green Bay Packers looks on from the sideline against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images)
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Ryan Grant at his very best is a solid runningback. Meanwhile, many other's seem to think that Ryan Grant is a superstar. I disagree.

The last two season's it has taken Ryan Grant at least 6 to 8 week's for him to either get healthy, or get his leg's under him. In 2008 after he held out before signing his contract he ended up hurt with a hamstring injury that hindered his season and thus did not play very well until later on that year.

The following year, in 2009, he was healthy and it took him 8 week's to get going. His first good game of last year was in week 8. However the big problem I noticed this past year is that for whatever reason - it would seem like he could not see the field properly as if he was poked in the eye and needed a visor on his helmet.

In some game's it seemed like if someone touched him, even slightly, he would go down like a sack of potato's and he also was clearly lacking the speed to break it out into the open. It was not until late last year when he finally was able to get that burst in his leg's and break open some long run's.

In regards to his pass receiving skill's - let's not even get started there. I have seen him drop so many dump-off's it is not even funny.

These are the kind of performance's I would expect from a rookie runningback, or a really old runningback, but certainly not a runningback who should be in his prime. I understand that sometimes injurie's happen on your offensive line, and sometimes bad play's are called.

I see Ryan Grant as a second string RB with almost every other team in the NFL. I do not see him as a guy with great hand's, speed, power, vision, or sturdy balance. On top of all of that, I even saw Ryan Grant attempt to use his "forearm's" to block defensive lineman on passing play's on more than one occasion last season, and that is unacceptable!

My question is this: Are these the kind of performance's you would expect from a $30 Million runningback who should be in his prime?

What are the option's? You're thought's?

My thoughts are simple: Find another runningback in the draft a player who is a more complete runningback, or find one in free agency.