As of right now, it appears that the top two running backs for Green Bay in 2008 are set. Ryan Grant and Brandon Jackson seem to have the top two spots locked up, but behind them, fourth-year veterans Vernand Morency and Noah Herron are in a tough battle for the third-string running back spot.
According to coaches, Jackson is supposed to be the third-down back, but has shown trouble picking up the blitz in practice and in Monday’s preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Herron and Morency have both shown they can pick up the blitz, but their overall skill set is not near Jackson’s. Herron missed all of 2007 with a knee injury while Morency was primarily a pass blocker in 2007. I did not expect Herron to be re-signed this offseason, but Ted Thompson sees something in him.
Also, it appears that 2007 sixth-round pick DeShawnn Wynn is running out of options, as he tweaked his ankle earlier in practice and took himself out of the Bengals game. He is not expected to play Saturday against the San Francisco 49ers. He was the Packers’ most successful running back in 2007 until a shoulder injury sidelined him for the season and gave Grant a shot.
My pick: Morency beats out Herron for the third running back spot.