Packers should turn to Bills for help : Packers Insider

Packers should turn to Bills for help

September 16, 2010 by  
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Sept 16, 2010 ~ by Michael Silver, Yahoo! sports

~When Packers halfback Ryan Grant went to the sidelines after an 18-yard run in the second quarter of last Sunday’s season-opening victory over the Eagles in Philadelphia, it was clear that something was very wrong with the 28-year-old runner’s right ankle.

Within seconds, Grant was hopping on his good foot toward the locker room, moving faster on one leg than any man I’d ever seen. If Grant was in a hurry to get treatment, he needn’t have been: We learned on Tuesday that he’ll require season-ending ankle surgery, making the Packers’ “Super Bowl Or Die” push feel that much more in need of a 911 call.

In fact, I hope that Packers general manager Ted Thompson picked up the phone Tuesday and placed a call to Buddy Nix, his counterpart in Buffalo — and not just to talk about the Bills’ arrival in Wisconsin for Sunday’s game at Lambeau Field. 

"Bring him on," Rodgers said, without hesitation.Not even with his character knocks?"He's a great player," Rodgers said of Lynch. "And any character issues the team might see, I think in a situation like that, and I think you've seen that with other players across the league, when you give a guy a change of scenery and a guy like that who feels he might have something to prove, and surround him with two guys, (Desmond) Bishop and myself who played with him...I think that can only help him feel comfortable and see a lot of production."

Instead, Thompson should have been asking Nix precisely what it will take to get Marshawn Lynch to stay in Green Bay at weekend’s end.

Trading for Lynch, a versatile and physical running back ideal for head coach Mike McCarthy’s version of the West Coast offense, makes sense in so many ways. He’s a skilled inside runner who hits the hole quickly and specializes in gaining yards after contact. He has pass-catching skills and is exceptional in the red zone, where he has been known to enter “Beast Mode.”

For all of his off-the-field issues and feelings of displacement in Buffalo, the Oakland native might be a great fit in Green Bay. He’s a team-oriented player who played at Cal with Aaron Rodgers, the most important player in the Packers’ post-Favre universe, and who immensely enjoyed his predraft visit to Titletown in 2007, where by all indications he made a positive impression.

The Bills ended up taking Lynch 12th overall, four spots before the Packers’ selection. Now Thompson has a chance to get his man after all, at a time when he needs him even more.

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