Ryan Grant still considers himself the starter in Green Bay
Ryan Grant still believes he’s the man in Green Bay.
If not, the Packers have at least one other solid option following the late-season emergence of rookie James Starks.
The veteran Grant was one of the many key players the Packers lost to injured reserve last season after the first week with an ankle injury. He’s been the team’s main rusher since 2008 and now there’s at least some doubt as to how the depth chart will look.
“I would think so,” Grant told the “Big Show” on WSSP in Milwaukee when asked if he was if his job is in jeopardy, according to sportsradiointerviews.com. “I don’t know. From what I’ve heard, that’s the conversation that was told to me.
“I was told that by (former running backs coach Edgar Bennett), initially. Jerry (Fontenot, the new position coach) didn’t tell me that anything changed. Jerry told me that as of right now I’m still the leader of the backfield and the expectations won’t change. I do believe there will be competition, which is fine. I’m all for that.”
Starks, a sixth-round draft pick from the University of Buffalo, had 73 yards in a Week 13 meeting vs. San Francisco and then was a key component of the team’s Super Bowl run, rushing for 123 yards in a wild-card victory at Philadelphia and gaining 74 yards with a touchdown in the NFC Championship Game victory over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
“Who doesn’t want that?” Grant said. “But I do want to win, more importantly. And I do feel like what I bring to the table and what I do on the field is very direct to me. I’m looking forward to whatever happens regarding all that and I’m just going to take care of what I can.”
He’s clearly taking a team-first approach because when he was asked about a reserve role, if the team selects that for him, Grant was diplomatic.
“If it was in the best interest of the team, I’m all for it,” he said.
A more consistent running game will allow quarterback Aaron Rodgers to be even more effective for the Packers, who were largely one-dimensional at times during 2010.
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