McCarren: Packers RB Grant looks 'like he hadn't missed a beat'

CREATED Dec. 6, 2012

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GREEN BAY - If Ryan Grant's first practice since returning to the Green Bay Packers is an indication, the depth of the team's running back situation may have become much less of a worry.

Newsradio 620 WTMJ Packers color commentator and TODAY'S TMJ4/NBC26 reporter Larry McCarren says that in Grant's first time back in a Packers uniform, he showed much of the form that led him to rush for more than 1,000 yards twice in his first go-round in a Packers uniform. (2007-11).

"Ryan Grant didn't look like he'd been out all season," said McCarren. 

"He's been down since October.  It looked like he hadn't missed a beat.  He knew what he was doing, knew where to go, and moved around pretty good."

Grant had the job of running back until an injury in 2010 slowed him down.  It partially led to the Packers letting him go before the 2012 season.

"It was a football decision when the Packers didn't re-sign him, because he was 29 years old, and they go younger, and running backs get old faster," according to McCarren.

Could there have been hard feelings when the Packers' approached Grant?  McCarren said the Packers didn't have to fret about that issue.

"You really don't have to, because of the fact Ryan Grant was unemployed," explained McCarren. 

"He wants a job.  He wants to get back into the NFL.  The fact he knows the Packers, he knows the offensive system, and it's a good team makes it all more attractive.  I don't think getting a guy's feelings hurt enter the equation for much of an extent, because the team has needs, the best alternative is a former player, and the former player is on the street and doesn't have a football job.  That adds up to everybody saying, 'No hard feelings.' "