RB Ryan Grant, Green Bay Packers
HT: 6-1, WT: 218, Born: 12-9-1982, College: Notre Dame, Drafted: ---
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|1||at San Francisco 49ers|
|3||at Cincinnati Bengals|
|6||at Baltimore Ravens|
|8||at Minnesota Vikings|
|11||at New York Giants|
|13||at Detroit Lions|
|15||at Dallas Cowboys|
|17||at Chicago Bears|
2012 Game Summaries
Week 14 - Grant didn't get a carry until the fourth quarter. But as soon as he touched the ball, he made as much noise as the fans who welcomed him. Grant cut through the offensive line for a big first down into the secondary.
Week 15 - Grantís first carry could well have been his last since it resulted in a fumble. Luckily for him, coach Mike McCarthy doesnít give up easy, so Grant had chances to atone for his error. On the fumble play, Grant had a huge hole to run through, and quickly got to the second level. He got wrapped up by the Bearsí Major Wright who knocked the ball from Grantís hands. The Bears recovered it. It didnít result in any Chicago points, but itís the sort of mistake that had Grant unemployed for most of the season.
Week 16 - Grant enjoyed his best game of the 2012 season and his first as a starting halfback. The Packers installed Grant as their workhorse following Alex Greenís concussion in Week Fifteen and the veteran paid out immediate dividends, carrying twenty times for eighty yards. Green Bayís offensive line provided Grant with serviceable lanes to run through, and Grant obliged with an efficient performance. Given the Packersí heavy reliance on the pass, the team simply needs a ball carrier that can cause the defense to anticipate a running play every so often. Grantís presence actually benefited Green Bayís air attack greatly, as the Tennessee defense routinely employed a single high safety in anticipation of the run and allowed Aaron Rodgers to pass to receivers in single coverage. Grantís skill set is nothing to fawn over. He does not plod or avoid contact, his vision is serviceable, but to borrow from baseball lexicon, he is more of a doubles hitter than a home run hitter. His second touchdown run of the afternoon was a quality east-to-west run inside the Tennessee red zone for a nine-yard score, though the Titans exhibited no interest in even touching him. Grantís first score featured, if one believes everything one reads, even less effort from the Tennessee defense in bringing him down. He nearly missed a third score on a thirty-four yard screen pass reception, but Titans linebacker Tim Shaw pushed him out of bounds short of the stripe. If players ever waltzed into the end zone on touchdown runs, then Ryan Grantís dance card was full for Week Sixteen
Week 17 - The veteran opened the game as the starter, but was stopped after a short gain with his first carry from the shotgun.
Week 18 - Grant's first carry came on the Packers' second drive when he couldn't gain two yards up the middle for a first down on third and two. An offsides penalty allowed the drive to continue. Grant came back in a few plays later on first and 10, but was again stopped at the line of scrimmage, but this time he had to break a tackle before being coralled from behind. Rodgers went straight back to Grant on a screen pass that sent the running back free with blockers out in front. Grant finished the play hard for a first down and 15 yard gain. With just six minutes left in the fourth quarter, Grant came in for Harris. His first carry went for seven yards, but he was stopped for a five yard loss when three defenders hit him in the backfeld on the following play. After a Michael Jenkins' touchdown, Grant opened the Packers' next drive with a run for two yards up the middle. Grant cutback with his next carry for a four yard gain. After a first down reception, Grant was stopped in the backfield with his next carry. Grant gained three yards on third and 11 to finish his day.