A common refrain you read from Packer fans on these here interwebs about Ryan Grant is that he often "runs into the backs of his linemen". He truly does run into the line quite a bit.
Unlike other runs, there is no predetermined gap through which the ballcarrier is looking to run in the stretch play. The running back has an "aiming point" where he will begin running, but is coached to survey the line quickly, then plant his playside foot and make one cut vertically up the field through the gap of his choice...
Grant has improved in this area, to be sure. But there are still times when he seems to run toward the "aiming point"... and just not stop.
That said, I was giving Grant some major props last night while I was watching some film from last season. I don't think people fully appreciate how good he was in that playoff game. If McCarthy had been able to be a bit more balanced from the start, I think Grant would have turned in a Dorsey Levens-in-his-prime type performance that day.
Here's hoping he doesn't take two or three months to hit his stride this year, because if he's the back we saw last January in Arizona, the offense will be even more unstoppable.
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