Jackson says he's ready to carry load in Green Bay

Brandon Jackson says he is ready to step into the role as the Green Bay Packers’ featured running back now that Ryan Grant has been lost for the season.

Jackson, who was in competition for the starting job when he was a rookie second-round draft pick in 2007, says that three years of preparing for this chance has prepared him, according to Greg Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

“We're going to run our offense, No. 1," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "This has not made our job any harder as far as planning, but it is important to utilize your players to their skill set. I think I am stating the obvious. We'll be smart with the way we use all of our players."

Jackson will carry the load and fullback John Kuhn will serve as the primary backup and play on third downs, per the report. Newly signed Dimitri Nance has to get up to speed as quickly as possible.

What has been exposed here is the decision by general manager Ted Thompson to go with only two running backs on the 53-man roster to begin the season. Grant went down and now the Packers are in scramble mode hoping Jackson can carry the load and stay healthy. If he can’t, Thompson is going to look awfully wrong.

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