When Ryan Grant was not brought back to the Green Bay Packers this past offseason, many Packers fans were upset and thought they could still use his services. Well, it turns out that they got their wish, as Grant has been re-signed by the Packers this week. This week the sports world discovered that running back James Starks injured his knee and will miss a couple of weeks, leaving the only healthy running backs as Alex Green and fullback John Kuhn. This prompted management to re-sign Grant, who ran for over 4000 yards during his tenure with the team. When he injured his ankle at the start of the season in 2010 and missed almost the whole year, the team began to like Starks’ skill set, which led to a timeshare situation last year between the two. After the end of the season, Green Bay opted to sign Cedric Benson and try to use him and Starks, leaving Grant without a spot on the roster.
While Grant certainly could not have been thrilled to lose his job, he stayed true to his belief in himself and that he would eventually find another shot. In September, he was signed by the Redskins and stayed with the team for a month before being released by them. After that, he stayed in good physical and mental football shape, and that is why he now finds himself on the Packers roster once again. This situation is a win-win for both sides, as Grant gets to play with the team he became well-known in, and the Packers know that he can fit into the offense with minimal preparation. His prior time in Green Bay means that he only needs to learn a few minor wrinkles in the offense, rather than learning a whole offense and protection scheme. If he can contribute a little bit to the run game and to pass protection, he will more than accomplish what he was brought back to do.