Everyone and their uncle has an opinion on how the depth chart behind Ryan Grant will shake out after Thursday night. Brian over at Railbird is adamant that the Packers will keep four running backs, saying there's simply no way the team lets go of camp surprise Tyrell Sutton, while Greg Bedard, responding to a readers question in our live blog of this morning's practice, sees the Packers keeping only Sutton due to Jackson's injury, but cutting him once Jackson returns to health.
I have to say, I am completely on the fence on this one.
I really like what I have seen from Sutton. The kid has excellent vision and has been great at seeing the cutback lane, making his cut and getting up-field quickly. And that's the thing, for all the talk of his lack of speed, he plays fast, unlike Wynn who is slow and plays slow. It's a hard thing to describe, but you can see it on tape. There's one play in particular against the Cardinals on Friday night where Sutton sees the backside open up BEFORE it happens. He makes his cut and is up the field for 5 yards before the backside end (the nemesis to the Packers' zone blocking scheme under McCarthy) has a chance to close. That's not a play Wynn makes.
On the other hand, Wynn is a good between-the-tackles runner and an absolute stud in pass protection. And that second part is the key. If Sutton makes this team, it's as the third down back, and if he's the third down back, he HAS to be a lead-pipe-lock in protection. There's simply no way he can be allowed in the game if there's a possibility he might blow an assignment, miss a block or get overpowered by a blitzing safety or linebacker. Does Sutton have the chops? We certainly haven't seen enough in the games, only the coaches can make that determination. But we HAVE seen Wynn do it, most notably last season against the Seahwaks when he had just about the finest game in pass protection I have ever seen out of a back, and this after only finding out he was playing the day before.
Like the coaches say, it's a good problem to have. I like Sutton, I like what he brings to the team and think he'd be a very valuable asset. And I would not be surprised in the least to see him let go.
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