Welcome to left field, I know. But I have been watching this guy and he can play. (Yes, he’s on my fantasy football team). He is the Cowboys’ 3rd string RB behind Marion Barber and Felix Jones. The Cowboys love this guy because he’s the rare back-up who comes in and doesn’t miss a beat. Despite being 3rd on the depth chart, he does have experience as a starter because he was plugged into that role last year when Barber and Jones went down – and succeeded. He averages 5.1 ypc, has terrific hands for catching balls out of the backfield, is a very tough and aggressive runner (similar to Barber in this regard), has powerful legs, can block effectively on passing plays and he can make people miss. Yes the line in front of him in Dallas is competent/massive and yes Barber averages 5.1 ypc and Jones averages a gaudy 10.1 ypc. But I’m telling you – this guy is a great player who happens to have a great attitude (read here – I love his quote).
The Packers could use a good option besides Ryan Grant – especially if Grant continues to be sort of…non. Wynn isn’t cutting it (I particularly question his blocking on 3rd downs), Brandon Jackson is always hurt, and the team mistakenly cut Tyrell Sutton. So, going after a guy like this who has proven he can play as both a reserve and a starter would make sense. We could use him on 3rd downs or even bring him in for some different RB looks on 2nd downs. Ryan Grant is still the guy here but I have to admit, I’ve cooled on Grant this year and I don’t think getting a legit replacement for him in case he gets hurt or continues to seem average would be a bad idea. Yes, we have other areas of need to look at first (O-line especially) and we should be actively looking at options there. But the Packers also need better depth at RB and the time to go after this guy is now before his price goes up.