Football is about to resume. Players will be rolling in to facilities in the next few days. I suspect there are right now, just as there has been in other years, players anxiously peering across the street at 1265 Lombardi Avenue, waiting to get the word the doors are open. It's about time, but if it ushers in ten years of uninterrupted football it will have been well worth it.
By now we all would have been posting for months about the otas and minicamps, this guy or that, who might make it, who's gonna bust. We have to make up for lost time. There's a cadre of insightful Packer fans here, so it might be fun to break down the various position groups and see who might end up making the very deep and talented roster of the World Champion Green Bay Packers.
I'll start it with the running backs, and maybe one of you would like to break down linebackers, receivers, etc.
First the Tailbacks;
Ryan Grant - coming off ankle surgery (microfracture, I believe) it remains to be seen if the year off benefited his body or will he lose his burst. Some have already written him off. Around 5 mil. in salary, maybe the only guy to hold TT over a barrel during his tenure. Does that come back to bite him? If Grant starts slow and somebody wins his spot, he'll get cut.
James Starks - the guy who might make Ryan Grant that guy who was great in '07. He's a lot the same kind of runner, and he showed he could protect and secure the ball in the playoffs as much as anything. But...can he ever play 16 games of football? The jury is out, and not Casey Anthony out either. Starks injury history is long.
Brandon Jackson - proved last year he's a good third down back, great in the screen game, pick up the blitz, but that's it. Nobody is giving Jackson every down money if they look at last year's tape. I think he stays, especially if Grant isn't around. That creates room under the cap to keep him happy. He's a veteran presence, excellent team guy. I think Green Bay would like to keep him.
Alex Green - the rookie from Hawaii. He's a different kind of back from all the others. He racked up huge numbers for June Jones in a wide open attack. Hard to say if it translates to the NFL. He's good at running through holes, but can he run through creases? The subtext is mention of great hands in the pass game. He will need to back that up or it may be Aloha. (Tell me anybody who passes that one up.)
A familiar trio here, the question being will the Packers keep three fullbacks for a third straight season? I think not.
John Kuhn - fan favorite, calls of "Ku-u-u-uhn" heard in stadiums all over America last year. Safe bet that his versatility keeps him around.
Korey Hall - the core special teams guy. On the bubble. Some injury history, but a valued guy. Just hard to say if the roster shapes up with enough room for him just as a special teams guy.
Quinn Johnson - a battering ram, once he get's going. And I think he is. Going, that is. He'll stick somewhere, but McCarthy uses a lot of formation, he can get some of that blocking from TE's. Quinn is a roster spot waiting to happen, for a kick returner from Kentucky who may take a while to learn enough to contribute elsewhere.
My take on the Packers backfield is I think Mike McCarthy is going to lean on it much more this season. Firstly, he likes to run the ball. And with everybody gearing up to stop Rodgers and the league's deepest receiver corps, the avid self-scouter in McCarthy will be anticipating that. I believe he is going to run the ball early and often, and if it doesn't get done, the depth chart will churn. He's liked continuity at tailback in the past, giving guys a few games to round it out, but this season that may change. When all is said and done, I think Grant will be back to form, and will spend the second half of the season grinding it out in the late going, protecting the lead.
Here's a link; http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...wo-back-attack
Opinions? How about we break it all down and then predict our rosters for the World Champs? (Man that feels good.)