I could not agree more with this if I tried.
Ryan Grant can only gain significant yards when he has a well-defined hole in sight. Give him a nice big seam that he can run through and he’ll slash through the hole with aggression. Give him an offensive lineman or two that have been stood up in his path and he just can’t adjust. He doesn’t have the ability to make sharp cuts and change direction with speed.
Sadly, this is too, too true. As I noted back in September:
Time and again on Sunday we saw the backside cut open up. We even saw Grant see it. And that’s the problem.
For whatever reason, Grant is gathering himself before making the hard backside cut, and it’s giving the backside pursuit, usually the weakside linebacker or defensive end, the time necessary to close the crease and stop him for minimal gains. Again and again, Grant would cut at what seemed a glacial pace while the pursuit caught up to him. There is just no suddeness to Grant’s movement.
Hence my point yesterday about not taking the ball out of Aaron Rodgers' hand, even when it's cold. Rodgers is one of the best players in the league at his position. Grant, bless his soul, is just a guy. Why the Packers are married to him as the starter is a mystery that will forever haunt Packer fans...
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