Treat just doesn't have the guts to choose a side.
I think there are reasons to be concerned about Grant, and the injury is only a small part of it. Here's a few:
- We've seen in the Preseason that Grant won't be afforded the 6 and 7man fronts he got when Favre was the QB. Until Aaron Rodger proves he can get rid of the ball (he's actually pretty accurate enough to beat 1on1 coverage but holds the ball too long in doing so), teams are going to send a ton of people to the line.
- Even before the injury, Brandon Jackson was a fairly high draft pick last year who was expected to do what Ryan Grant did. Injuries, rookie mistakes, and difficulty picking up the zone-blocking scheme basically put him on the shelf. He looks much improved. They also have Morency who is the best receiving back on the team - for unknown reasons, he finds himself in McCarthy's doghouse but I've been begging for him to be the third down back now for 2+ years. It looks like they'll also keep a fourth back on the roster, Noah Herron, who also is a good receiver and the only 'scat back' on the team. All of this to say there are plenty of other guys to go to if Ryan Grant struggles in a game or series of games.
- So far, the Oline interior has not shown any improvement over last year. Clifton and Tauscher at the Tackles are another year older and have clearly begun to lose some athleticism. This combined with a QB who holds the ball too long and defenses who are anxious to throw more people at you than you can block...not a recipe for success.
Now, nearly every back in the league has little things like these, so don't read this as a doomsday prophecy for Grant. But I do disagree with those that have him approaching top 10 RB status. I currently would recommend he be no higher than 15th among RBs, and I personally have him closer to 20. I predict the Packers will be more of a RBBC than people think, but Grant will still get enough to be a good option. It will be up and down, though, unlike last year where he was a pretty steady producer.