So far, he has spent a good chunk of OTAs cleaning up his footwork and trying to regain explosiveness, but has also found time to work on becoming more of a factor in the passing game. "I wanna be more involved," said Grant, who caught just 18 passes for 116 yards last year. "I'm letting [Packers quarterback] Aaron Rodgers know -- I'm open!"
When your starting tailback, in a West Coast Offense, catches just 18 passes during an entire season, that is cause for concern. Grant does indeed get open. It's what he does in space with the ball in his hand that's the problem. Too often he is guilty of outrunning his blocking, speeding past the likes of Wells and Colledge on screen passes or flying up the backs of outside receivers, reducing what could have been a big play into a mere 3 or 4 yard gain.
It's good to hear Grant address this deficiency in his game. Here's hoping we see some improvment in this area in '09, from not only Grant, but from the running back position as a whole.
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