Packers could be relying heavily on Alex Green


The Vikings may not be the only team in the NFC North counting on a tailback who’s recovering from a torn ACL.

In Green Bay, 2011 third-rounder Alex Green likely will enter the season at No. 2 on the depth chart, even though he suffered the ultimate ligament tear in November.  With Ryan Grant gone and no rookies arriving via the draft, Green should be getting a meaningful chance to contribute.

“Not drafting a running back showed they have some faith in me,” Green said, via Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.  “We’ll see how things turn out when training camp comes around.”

When training camp comes around, the Packers could, in theory, have another veteran running back, especially if Green starts things off on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

“I’m not sure,” Green said regarding whether he’ll be ready for camp.  “That’s something we’ll determine as we get closer to the regular season.  This is going to be an important month to really progress a lot and have no setbacks.”

The Packers currently have four other tailbacks:  starter James Starks, 2011 undrafted free agent Brandon Saine, and 2012 undrafted rookies Du’ane Bennett and Marc Tyler.  Fullback John Kuhn also handles the tailback duties from time to time, in one-back sets.

Plenty of veterans are available (like Cedric Benson), if that’s what the Packers choose to do.  If nothing else, an extra set of legs will help the Packers get through the reps of camp and the preseason while Green gets himself back to 100 percent.

13 responses to “Packers could be relying heavily on Alex Green

  1. Saine is a beast. If starks stays healthy we are set. Alex Green will have fresh legs when he finally is full go by about week 4. Green is the best back on the team and will be the starter when he’s ready to go. Look him up on youtube if you don’t beleive me. Go packers!

  2. Alex Green coming off a ligament tear is still probably better than a healthy Starks

  3. T. Thompson would not have resigned Lynch for $30 million + like SEA. Even if GB would have traded for Lynch, they would be in the same spot today.

  4. hutch119 says:
    Jun 10, 2012 10:59 AM
    Shoulda traded a 4th for Lynch when they had the chance


    I disagree. If the Pack had overreacted and traded for Lynch then he would still be an unhappy player. Lynch is a workhorse for Seattle. In GB he would be a part-time player because of how much the Packers pass the ball. Lynch had 28 receptions last year and 22 the year before that. He is not the type of running back that the Packers would make good use of and he would be unhappy with the contract because TT wouldn’t pay big money to a part-time running back.

  5. I totally disagree with the lynch comment, he’s not a huge pass catcher. Benson would fit nice , if you got him for cheap, which you won’t

  6. This is a passing team. Running back couldn’t be more irrelevant in this offense. All the running back in GB needs to do is protect for the best quarterback in the game. Because the 3rd or 4th best cornerback on any team can’t cover Randall Cobb or James Jones.

  7. “With Ryan Grant gone …”
    I didn’t realize that he had signed with another team yet.The Li0ns’ beat writer for MLive wrote that the Lions had the 3rd best backfield in the NFL (don’t remember who he thought #1 and #2 were). I still haven’t stopped laughing from that comment yet.

    The Lions should have signed Grant when they had the opportunity. LeShore will probably be suspended and is coming off a serious injury, and neither Javid Best or Kevin Smith can stay healthy. The Pack is in far better shape that the Lions.

  8. “Alex Green coming off a ligament tear is still probably better than a healthy Starks”

    And what evidence do you possibly have to support that statement. Starks is a beast, he was a big factor in the Packers playoff run and when he was healthy last season he played well except for 1 game.

    Brandon Saine was called the most consistant RB by Mike McCarthy this year so I expect him to have a big role early in the season while Green works himself back to 100%.

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