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Is Ryan Grant a lock as a starter?


Who’s going to rule in the Green Bay Packers’ backfield as NFL teams (hopefully) begin training camp in the next couple of weeks?
Logic would say that Ryan Grant is still the top dog who must be dethroned from his starting job – an event that if it happens is something with which Grant will live.
Don’t get me wrong, he won’t be happy, but that’s the nature of competition and should James Starks or even John Kuhn step forward and seize the opportunity, Grant indicated this week that it is something he would accept as a coaching decision.
In a radio interview with WSSP in Milwaukee on Monday, Grant said all indications are that he is being penciled in as a starter, but anything is possible in the game of football.
In the interview, Grant said, “I would think so. 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 Packers’ new position coach) didn’t tell me that anything changed. Jerry told me that as of right now I’m still the leader of that backfield and the expectations won’t change. … I do believe there will be competition, which is fine. I’m all for that.”
But what if Grant simply gets beaten out by one of the other running backs on the team?
Well, he’s OK with it.
” …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,” Grant said.
But what if Coach Mike McCarthy decides to start one of other running backs in his place?
Grant provided the politically correct answer: “If it was in the best interest of the team, I’m all for it.”
Translate that statement into what he really meant, and it would probably sound something like this: “try to take my job, man, and there will be cleat marks up your backside.”
Let’s hope that’s the case because judging from what Starks and the others are capable of doing, there will be plenty of competition in camp … In fact, it might be one of the most highly scrutinized competitions of every camp in the league.

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  • Tarynfor 12

    There’s a belief in football that a player should never lose his job due to an injury.I don’t believe that statement was meant to cover all positions as some/many would think or want.

    The most apparent and likely position to hold true that adage would be the QB but,unless he is of a top ten status in the league,than attaching a rear view mirror to your helmet is encouraged.

    Does Grant honestly welcome competition for a job he got injured doing quite well for the Packers?I can’t say yes or no to either so I’m going to just fence sit at the 50/50 yard line.

    However,if we were to consider playing in the NFL as a starter or a back-up as to real life work places,then the flaw in honesty is revealed.In no way does a person willingly take a backseat for the good of the company unless you are guaranteed a nice severance or you can stay at your desk with less workload and same pay,which to my knowledge is/has/never be offered to a player in the NFL.Be assured that both business worlds will wield the axe,ASAP.

    I said at another site,that Grant may need to show proof of this gallant offering by having to swallow a smaller paycheck for the good of the team.I now offer him a glass of water to insure it can go down as easy as he seemingly
    spoke the words.

    Cheers and down the hatch,and best of luck in the competition and to not having to eat your words.

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