Packers running game off to slow start since losing Grant : Packers Insider

Packers running game off to slow start since losing Grant

September 21, 2010 by  
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Sept 21, 2010 ~ by Tom Silverstein

~Until something better comes along, the Green Bay Packers may have to accept that their running game will consist of 3 yards and a chunk of sod in the facemask.

None of the three runners on their 53-man roster possesses the kind of breakaway ability that keeps jerseys clean or even the occasional breakaway ability that veteran Ryan Grant brought to the offense before suffering a season-ending ankle injury against Philadelphia in the opener.

FB Quinn Johnson leads the way for HB Brandon Jackson on Sunday, Sept 19 against the Buffalo Bills. The Packers running back's longest carry of the day was 12 yards, and if you take away quarterback Aaron Rodgers' 20 yards on five carries, the running game averaged just over 3.0 yards per carry.

So far, the Packers have scored 61 points in jumping out to a 2-0 record, but if the 34-7 victory Sunday over the lowly Buffalo Bills is any indication, back-breaking plays like tight end Jermichael Finley’s three long catches or James Jones’ 30-yard touchdown are going to be few and far between for the running game.

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