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Is Ryan Grant Just Getting Warmed Up, or Was Last Year a Mistake?

Mike CraigCorrespondent INovember 21, 2016

First six starts in 2008:

Week One: ATT - 12 / YDS - 92 / TDS - 0 / LNG - 57
Week Two: ATT - 15 / YDS - 20 / TDS - 0 / LNG - 5
Week Three: ATT - 13 / YDS - 54 / TDS - 0 / LNG - 9
Week Four: ATT - 15 / YDS - 20 / TDS - 0 / LNG - 8
Week Five: ATT - 18 / YDS - 83 / TDS - 0 / LNG - 14
Week Six: ATT - 33 / YDS - 90 / TDS - 0 / LNG - 17

Total: ATT - 106 / YDS - 359 / TDS - 0 / LNG - 57 / YPA - 3.4

First six starts in 2007:

Week Nine: ATT - 19 / YDS - 55 / TDS - 0 / LNG - 12
Week 10: ATT - 25 / YDS - 119 / TDS - 1 / LNG - 30
Week 11: ATT - 20 / YDS - 88 / TDS - 0 / LNG - 23
Week 12: ATT - 15 / YDS - 101 / TDS - 1 / LNG - 31
Week 13: ATT - 14 / YDS - 94 / TDS - 2 / LNG - 62
Week 14: ATT - 29 / YDS - 156 / TDS - 1 / LNG - 26

Total: ATT - 122 / YDS - 613 / TDS - 5 / LNG - 62 / YPA - 5

 

Looking at this information, it makes people wonder: What has happened to Ryan Grant? He was projected to help the Packers be a contending team, while Aaron Rodgers got comfortable in his role as the starting quarterback.

However, judging by his performances, he has been anything but up to par. In the NFC Championship game, Ryan Grant also didn't help take pressure off former quarterback Brett Favre. People tossed it aside and put it up as a bad game, but there has only been two games this season where Grant has shown his past talent.

A question comes to mind when it comes to Ryan Grant in 2008. Is the Packers' management not utilizing their running game, the same running game that Mike McCarthy has been known to say he has been impressed with?

Has management gone crazy and just been trying to show that they made the right choice in sticking with Rodgers instead of future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre?

Look at the passing-attempts-to-rushing-attempts ratio in their first six games:

Week One: 22 - 20 W
Week Two: 38 - 24 W
Week Three: 39 - 16 L
Week Four: 32 - 16 L
Week Five: 37 - 21 L
Week Six: 30 - 33 W

I'm sorry, but in Week Five, Grant rushed for 83 yards on only 18 carries. The Packers lost that game by three points. You must rush more than 21 times in a game if you expect to win. McCarthy needs to do what he did in Week Six a lot more.

However, it isn't just management's fault. Something seems to be wrong with Grant. Could we possibly see him get better, or will he stay the way he is. For Grant's sake, he better hope that cold weather is his forte; otherwise, his NFL career might be short lived.

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