Ryan Grant: Just Getting Started in Green Bay

Trevor BentleyCorrespondent IJanuary 17, 2008

In 2006 the New York Giants told Ryan Grant they had no room for him.  I'm guessing they are now wishing they hadn't.

Grant, a Rookie out of Notre Dame from Suffern, New York, started his season with the New York Giants only to be traded for a 6th Round draft pick to Green Bay (who had suffered a major setback with the release of Ahman Green).

The Packers went after running backs, signing not only Grant but also Rookie Brandon Jackson, who they acquired in the 3rd Round of the 2007 Draft.

Grant got his first start in week nine after he helped lead the Packers to a 19-13 overtime win against the Denver Broncos in week eight.  In the divisional round against the Seahawks Grant fumbled the first two times he touched the ball, but then regained control.  He ran a Green Bay postseason record 201 yards with 3 touchdowns to help the Packers to a 42-20 on a Snowy Lambeu Field Day

In the other 12 games Grant has attempted to run the ball 188 times, scoring eight touchdowns,  averaging 5.1 yards a carry, and running for 956 yards only to fall short to Ladanian Tomlison who claimed the NFC rushing title.

Green Bay made a trade that many would not have considered.  But as it turns out, it was one of the best decisions they have ever made.  Give Grant a good offensive line (not that the Packers have a great line, it could be greater) and give Grant room to grow.

The NFL will have a new LT and his name is Ryan Grant.