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If you are a seriously-superstitious fantasy owner, the 2011-12 season is going to be a rough one for the Packers. The very first play of the Packers intrasquad scrimmage was an Aaron Rodgers pass for a pick-6. The next was Ryan Grant losing 2 yards.
I will not be a Ryan Grant owner this season
(1) whiffed badly in pass protection, (2) continues to run East-West, (3) James Starks
looks like an NFL RB and a blocker, (4) John Kuhn
is good for 3-5 TDs, (5) Jermichael Finley
will take several TDs in the Red Zone...and (6) I can see a Starks/Grant 60/40 split with each of them a bit light in the TD department.
There weren't many carries for Grant however, the second play of the night was Grant taking the hand-off, running laterally and being hit behind the line for a loss of 2 yards. He looked tentative. I'm not certain if it's just rust, not trusting his ankle yet or if he still wants to dance a bit. He looked like the old practice-squad player from the Giants
In contrast, James Starks hit the holes
with low pads and moved into the second level on each of his carries. Starks also handled his pass-blocking assignments, whereas Grant went 0-2 from what I recall.
I would keep an eye on the O-line in the preseason.
Big #95 (Howard Green, a 2nd-string NT behind Raji) got through, and stood next to Aaron Rodgers
for a good 1-1/2 seconds before Rodgers found a receiver and delivered the ball. The first-string O-line was playing the D2s. Not good for a first look.
Matt Flynn can play ball in the NFL
(just ask the Patriots: 24/37 for 251 yds, 3 TDs, 1 INT--at New England!) Don't be surprised if his name comes up in trade talk, especially if a competitive team loses a starting QB. The Packers
need bodies on BOTH lines.
I'm cheering for one particular OL this season--Caleb Schlauderaff; only because his name looks so appropriate on a Green Bay Packers