I thought one comment from head coach Mike McCarthy on Tuesday was worthy of sharing and further inspection.
When asked about the depth of the running back position, McCarthy talked about James Starks and Alex Green, but one comment about Brandon Saine in particular stood out.
“Brandon (Saine) is so consistent, probably the most consistent guy we have back there,” said McCarthy.
It’s important to note that McCarthy’s praise for Saine was unsolicited. He wasn’t asked specifically about Saine but rather about the running backs as a whole.
The positive words regarding Saine can only be viewed as a positive. It’s always popular topic of conversation to speculate about which player is making the biggest strides from year one to year two.
To put Saine in that category is rather impressive seeing as he was not only did he go undrafted, he only played in eight games last season after being signed from the practice squad at midseason.
In limited opportunities, Saine flashed talent. He had only 18 carries for 69 yards last season but also added 10 receptions and returned two kickoffs.
The speed is there, as is Saine’s ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.
If he can continue to develop, Saine is a good candidate to see significant playing time in 2012 among a group of running backs that doesn’t have a ton of experience, especially since it doesn’t appear as if the Packers are going to re-sign free agent Ryan Grant.
Before lavishing too much admiration for Saine, however, I suppose it doesn’t take much to be the most consistent running back out a group where his only competition has been Starks and a pair of undrafted rookies. Green hasn’t practiced this offseason as he continues to recover from injury, same for John Kuhn.
Regardless, it’s good to see Saine is making strides. And that can only be a good thing for the Packers offense.