We Need Football Players

As promised, here’s an early look at one of the lessons I learned from 2007. I’ll collect all of these and include it in my usual day-after-the-Super-Bowl “Lessons Learned” article.

As I was watching Packer RB Ryan Grant rush 22 times for 104 yards (4.7 yards per carry) back in Week Eight, something occurred to me.

I greatly respect NFL scouts and people who study and analyze players on film. In fact, I spent an afternoon last week at NFL Films watching coach’s tape with Ron Jaworski and Greg Cosell (will write thoughts on that soon), and I learned a ton just watching tape with those guys for 4-5 hours. For the most part, the tape clearly shows a player’s skill set. It’s an excellent way to determine whether or not a player has the skills and the talent to excel in the NFL, but it doesn’t tell the whole story.

Grant was undrafted out of Notre Dame in 2005. He spent 2005 on the Giants’ practice squad, and missed all of 2006 with a non-football injury. He was, incredibly, 5th on the depth chart in New York in the preseason this year (behind Brandon Jacobs, Reuben Droughns, Derrick Ward, and Ahmad Bradshaw). […]

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