First we will talk about what we started on the previous page, the depth chart. Behind Shonn Greene, they have Joe McKnight, Terrance Ganaway, Bilal Powell, and maybe John Griffin. Joe McKnight has seen the most time, and therefore has shown the most flashes of ability, especially in the return game. However, after a promising running performance in 2010, McKnight stepped back a bit in 2011, averaging a weak 3.1 yards per carry on 43 rushes. Not good, and not a major ground and pound factor.
The other guys, Ganaway, Powell and Griffin, are young. We don’t know what they are. They too have potential, but we just don’t know about these guys yet.
Shonn Greene has been at his best with a healthy veteran running back to help him out. In 2009, it was Thomas Jones, and in 2010, a quicker LaDainian Tomlinson fit the bill. Greene’s explosiveness was enhanced with a veteran backup on the chart with him.
Enter Ryan Grant.
He’s a proven back, who is only 29 years old. He can carry the load, as he had a year with Green Bay where he rushed the ball 312 times. In his years as the lead back with the Packers, he never rushed for less than 3.9 yards per carry, rushing the ball over 280 times both years.
We don’t need him to be the starter obviously, we need a supporting role back. Grant can fit that bill, as he showed in 2011. Coming off his major injury in 2010, Grant returned and shared time with James Starks last year, but still performed well. He ran the ball 134 times for 559 yards, a 4.2 yards per carry average(same as Greene). He also is a factor in the passing game whenever he is healthy, with never a healthy season with than 18 receptions.
Ryan Grant can get it done.