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Week 1 vs. CHI
Rushing: 16 / 61 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 6 / 0 on 1 targets
Ryan Grant said he was working on his top gear this past off-season, and it showed. During the contest with the Bears in Week 1, Grant was explosive through the hole and around the corner, picking up good yardage in chunks when he was able to hit the hole at full speed. His speed was not on display every time he touched the ball due to the Chicago defensive penetration, but when he was in open spaces he displayed great speed and top notch talent. Grant also ran with power between the tackles, moving the line and scoring a key touchdown in the second half.
Week 2 vs. CIN
Rushing: 14 / 46 / 1
Receiving: 3 / 22 / 0 on 5 targets
Other than a gaping hole on a cutback touchdown run inside the ten, Grant had no running room inside or outside against Cincinnati. On the rare occasion he did have a crease, Grant looked decisive and got to the second level easily. He was also targeted on a variety of screen and wheel routes, which were mostly successful.
Week 3 vs. STL
Rushing: 26 / 99 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 5 / 0 on 1 targets
Grant had a pedestrian first half, and fared a little better in the second, but not by much. He showed a good initial burst, but ultimately wasn't able to find the hole or shed the first tackler. A good chunk of his yardage came late in the game when the Packers were running down the clock. Grant had a couple of red zone carries, including one that went to the one yard line, which fullback John Kuhn then took in for a score on the next play. He was targeted as a receiver only once.
Week 4 vs. MIN
Rushing: 11 / 51 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 50 / 0 on 4 targets
Ryan Grant quietly racked up 101 yards on 15 touches, and had an impressive game despite a stingy defense and a hostile crowd. When the Vikings tried to blitz Rodgers, if he had time to throw, he would often look to dump it to Grant, who would break it for a medium or long gain. When he ran the ball, he was equally impressive, improving on his 3.7 YPC average coming into the game with 51 yards on 11 attempts. He was never able to establish much of a rhythm though as the Packers were playing catch up for most of the evening. Still, 101 yards against the Vikings is impressive on the road and might signal that Ryan Grant of two years ago might not be completely lost after all.
Week 6 vs. DET
Rushing: 24 / 90 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 17 / 0 on 4 targets
It was a tale of two halves for Grant in week 6 vs. the Lions. Grant was not leaned on very heavily in the 1st half and was he mostly ineffective when he did see the ball. Grant really turned it on during the 2nd half breaking off his largest gain of the season of 22 yards. He displayed his usual tough running style and finished strong on most of his carries. His final numbers will look good in the box score, putting up over 100 total yards, but it was a rather pedestrian effort for him. But so is life when you are Ryan Grant, solid but rarely spectacular.
Week 7 vs. CLE
Rushing: 27 / 148 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 3 / 0 on 1 targets
The Packers committed to the run early, running Grant six times in their opening drive, which featured ten rushes and only one pass. Grant was effective in the first half, stretching plays before cutting back as a hole opened. Most of his production came in the second half, as the Packers wore down the Browns' defense. Grant found it easier to get outside the tackles in the third quarter and showed a good burst of speed and broke tackles on a number of longer runs. He nearly broke a long touchdown run early in the fourth quarter but was pushed out of bounds at the five yard line.
Week 8 vs. MIN
Rushing: 10 / 30 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 21 / 0 on 3 targets
Grant found no room to run against a stout Vikings defense that he had success against in the past. A few checkdown receptions kept his day from being a total loss. Touchdown passes to Spencer Havner and Greg Jennings kept him from getting red zone opportunities, but the way the line was blocking, it is unlikely that he would have done much with them anyway. Grant is only a safe start against weak competition, and you have to wonder whether Ahman Green may start to steal a touch here and there.
Week 9 vs. TB
Rushing: 21 / 96 / 1
Grant had a great game that could have been even better if the Packers hadn't had so many lapses in all facets of the game. He ran hard behind great run blocking, often not meeting a tackler until he was four or five yards past the line of scrimamge. The line paved the way for his touchdown, lots of five-to-seven yard gains, and even a few runs that got Grant into the open field. He is running as well as he has all year, hitting the hole with great pace and shedding arm tackles with ease. If the rest of the team was coming together, Grant would be knocking on the door of RB1 status the way he is running right now.
Week 10 vs. DAL
Rushing: 19 / 79 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 8 / 0 on 2 targets
Green Bay kept Grant consistently involved in week 10 and he turned in another blue-collar type of effort. In all it was a very typical game from Grant. He was unable to break off a long gainer but he was seldom stopped for a loss. The hard-charging, straight ahead approach Grant is good at served the Packers well as it gave Rodgers a break from the Dallas pressure. Grant finished the game with 21 total touches but was held out of the end zone for the second straight week. He appears to have settled into a groove where he beats up on poor defenses but looks average vs. stout run stopping teams.
Week 11 vs. SF
Rushing: 21 / 129 / 1
Receiving: 2 / 16 / 0 on 3 targets
Grant got a ton of touches early, and it got him and the offensive line in a good rhythm. The line was getting a great push, and Grant was making crisp, decisive cuts to hit the hole hard and make good gains on most of his touches. He also stayed involved in the passing game more than he has been in the past, and he even made a tackler miss in the backfield. Grant was able to score on a one-yard plunge, and he bounced off of the pile for a long gain late in the 4th quarter on the play that effectively killed the 49ers comeback chances. He is getting hot at the perfect time for his fantasy owners - heading into a matchup against the hapless Lions.
Week 12 vs. DET
Rushing: 20 / 61 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 42 / 0 on 4 targets
The Packers came out focused on establishing the run and Grant had some success early on. He ran with purpose and hit the holes very hard, breaking some tackles along the way. As the game progressed the Packers leaned more heavily on their passing game so Grant was not as much of a factor. Due to the strong straight-ahead running from Grant, he finished with just over 100 total yards on the game. One low-light for Grant, he was dropped in the end zone for a safety in the 4th quarter. Due to his consistent workload, Grant is really one of the safer RB2 options out there today.
Week 13 vs. BAL
Rushing: 18 / 41 / 0
Grant didn't show up well in the box score, but he ran north-south with decisive cuts upfield to force the Ravens to honor the run. There wasn't much room to run against the Ravens stout front seven, but Grant maximized what he did find. He ran with as good a burst as he has had all year, and should have nice RB2 value down the stretch.
Week 14 vs. CHI
Rushing: 20 / 137 / 2
Receiving: 2 / 7 / 0 on 2 targets
Grant had his best game of the season by breaking his longest run of the season on the Packers first play from scrimmage, and then following it with efficient, tough running. Grant ran downhill, consistently getting yards after first contact by winning collisions and keeping his legs churning. Grant flashed a very nice cutback to make a good gain one of his receptions, and he also got to the corner for a key run to get the Packers out of the shadows of their own goalposts in the fourth quarter. He looks as strong as he did at the beginning of the season.
Week 15 vs. PIT
Rushing: 8 / 37 / 1
Grant barely got a chance to get going in this one as the passing game carried the day. He did score on a fourth quarter delay run when Tyrone Carter took a bad angle to salvage a decent fantasy day, but the Packers really didn't even try to force the Steelers to honor the run because they were having great success passing all day.
Week 16 vs. SEA
Rushing: 16 / 97 / 2
Grant was not impressive early on. He looked average at best for most of the day, but a couple of memorable plays gave him a pretty nice stat line. A great effort to dive for the pylon got him his 3-yard touchdown in the first quarter; and he broke free for a 56 yard score in the 2nd quarter.
Week 17 vs. ARI
Rushing: 11 / 51 / 1
The Packers starting tailback looked explosive, as he has in his last few games, running with both power and determination. Grant capped off the Packers first scoring drive with a 1-yard plunge when he found a small crease for the score. He also had a nice 13 run where he found room on the left side of the line and hit the hole hard and fast. Grant's confidence is high right now and he seems to be playing with fresh legs and enthusiasm.
Week 18 vs. ARI
Rushing: 11 / 65 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 18 / 0 on 2 targets
Grant was very effective, ripping off long runs by finding cutback lanes and breaking weak tackles. Most of his runs went for 5-10 yards even though he was never able to get in a rhythm because the Packers trailed for the entire game. He finished the season strong and should be a good second round pick in fantasy drafts next season.