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Less Talk, More Play

Less Talk, More Play




Last year Ryan Grant sat out a lot of camp because he wanted a big contract. As we all know he got hurt because of it and sucked in 2008.





But this year the crybaby has his contract and is expected to participate in the offseason programs.

Will he be the 2007 Grant that bit off big run after big run? Or will he be the Ryan Grant who decided the best move wasn’t to go left or right but instead go right into the offensive lineman in front of him?

Jackson, Lumpkin, and Wynn are watching you. You aren’t so far ahead of them as you might think, Ryan. Go to camp. Work hard. Kick ass in 2009. If you struggle, you’ll likely be replaced and there won’t be any excuses.

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Toby Hump's picture

Aint much of a Grant fan huh?

Greg C.'s picture

I didn't think it was unreasonable for Grant to think he should earn more than $370,000 for being the #1 running back. And he was not even under contract, to it was not a holdout. Thompson screwed up by lowballing him, so the situation dragged out way longer than it should have. In the end, he got the incentive-laden contract that he should have gotten in the first place. He had a bad year and did not earn most of the incentives, so he was not overpaid. But the incentives will give him plenty of extra motivation to return to his 2007 form. If he's healthy, I think he will.

Asshalo's picture

"Thompson screwed up by lowballing him, so the situation dragged out way longer than it should have. In the end, he got the incentive-laden contract that he should have gotten in the first place."

I agree with Dale that he should be producing more, but you nailed it with how that deal was handled. It drug way to far into training camp. Frankly, it shouldn't have came close to training camp as he was wanting better than league minimum in early spring. He definitely deserved more.

PackersRS's picture

Greg C Nailed it.
Just to add: I think a lot of our players last year played with injuries more severe than we know. A lot of them looked below their normal.
BTW, I know we changed the Conditioning coach, but did we change the medical staff? Because we should have, IMHO.

Asshalo's picture
PackersRS's picture

Not good news. Let's hope they don't get hurt. If they do, Oh Boy...

Jersey Al's picture

I liked the little I saw from Lumpkin. I think he will surprise...

Asshalo's picture

"Jackson, Lumpkin, and Wynn are watching you. You aren’t so far ahead of them as you might think, Ryan."

Well said. Although he had a lot of yards his average per carry was strikingly low, as was his amount of 10+ and 20+ yard runs. If he puts up similiar numbers this year, you have to consider replacing him and see if someone can produce the same amount or better. If that's the case, he's definitely not worth the money.

Andyman's picture

I really hope Jackson gets more opportunities, because I think he can really shine, but I still think that Grant has the tools to be the #1 guy. He just has to pull his head out of his ass (and the lineman's asses) and prove it.

Aren's picture

Grant's contract issues and slow start really killed the love from the fans, but he still produced in the second half. The injury (and lack of training camp) seemed to really take a toll, but if you look at the last half of the season, Grant was actually alright.

He had a 4.2 YPC after the bye week, almost a full yard more than the games previously. The teams he went up against went no slouches either. Minnesota (1st in rushing defense), Chicago twice (5th), Tennessee (6th), Jacksonville (13th). Grant only fumbled one in those last nine games.

He will be okay coming into this season.

Asshalo's picture

"but he still produced in the second half." It still wasn't all that impressive or even much better in the second half. You have to ask yourself, could a back-up do better and I honestly think many around the league could have last year. He needs to prove he's worth what we're paying him.

wgbeethree's picture

i find it incredibly interesting how different the views of most packers and bears fans are regarding their starting runningbacks. grant misses training camp and plays through injuries all season and had 35 yards less and an identical ypc and most packer fans are really down on him while bears fans will sing the praises of forte at every chance they get.

it seems that a lot of packer fans have really begun to be very pessimistic and focused on negatives lately which is disheartening because one of the greatest things about being a packer fan has always been the support shown through thick AND thin. we were not an orginization with "fairweather" fans. that certainly seems to be dissapearing at an alarming rate.

grant had the SEVENTH most yards in packer history last year!

Greg C.'s picture

Good point. I noticed that all season long. Grant's and Forte's numbers were almost identical all the way to the end. I still think it was a disappointing season for Grant, but not a disastrous one.

Graham's picture

Lots of Ryan Grant haters out there. Are you kidding me? They guy did rush for 1200 yards right, 3.9 average and never complained about himself being hurt right? People might point to his 4td's as the problem, I'll refer you to Aaron Rodgers 4 rushing TDs and say perhaps AR took a few away from Ryan. Lets be honest people did not like the fact he did not rip off big runs okay fair enough. He only had 6 runs of 20+ the same amount as tomlinson, jackson, westbrook, lynch, barber, and thomas jones. But he was hurt right? Just like tomlinson and steven jackson, westbrook, lynch. See the trend??

Listen could Ryan have been better if he was in camp under contract? Absolutly but he still had a pretty good season getting 1203yards good for 10th in the NFL. Not bad for a guy playing pretty hurt in the first 6-8 games.

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