John Kuhn was the folk hero, the blue collar stud who came out of nowhere to enthrall Packers fans last season after Ryan Grant went down with an injury and Brandon Jackson failed to ignite the running game.
Beginning at 9 a.m. today Kuhn will be waiting by the phone hoping for a call. If it comes from the Packers he will be ecstatic, if it doesn’t – well, he’s OK with that, too.
He told the Miwaukee Journal Sentinel in a phone call Monday, “We’re going to let free agency play its course. Techhnically, I’m not allowed to talk to anybody until 9 o’clock tomorrow morning. Hopefully, I’ll get a phone call at 9 o’clock and hopefully it is the Packers. But we are going to let free agency take its course and see where it goes.”
Will the Packers still have an interest in the Shippensburg College grad with two Super Bowl rings and an attitude that helped lift the team to several important wins in an improbable season last year? Surely if the Packers don’t provide an offer, there will be other teams willing to take a chance.
It was when Grant was injured after just a few carries last year and Jackson couldn’t seem to get his game going that Kuhn moved from his usual fullback spot to halfback. Though he didn’t explode through the line, he did have enough in him to gain 281 yards on 84 carries, while catching 15 passes for 97 yards. He hit paydirt four times while carrying the ball and twice through the air.
Not spectacular, but hey, he is blue collar.
“I want people to see what I’ve done in the past and kind of make their own judgment of what I could do in the future,” Kuhn said. “I think my film has done justice and shown people what I can do when given the opportunity.”
But whether he still fits the Packers mold is the question. Grant is said to be coming back 100 percent, James Starks seems poised to perform through an entire season and recently-drafted Alex Green is ready to show what he can do. Is there still room for Kuhn? Do the Packers bring him back as a fullback?
If the Packers make the right offer, Kuhn would certainly be a good fit. He has the experience at both positions, knows the system and is a fan favorite. Most likely the Packers could let Korey Hall go and still have two fullbacks.
“I wouldn’t turn anything down because I really do like it here in Green Bay,” Kuhn said. “But like I said, we are definitely letting free agency play its course.”
By 9 a.m. today, Packers fans should have an answer.