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Giants trade RB Grant to Packers

Posted by Mike Garafolo September 01, 2007 5:28PM

Categories: Breaking News

Joe Epstein/The Star-LedgerGrant's impressive preseason landed him in Green Bay with a chance to compete for carries.

The Giants have traded RB Ryan Grant, a Don Bosco grad, to the Packers for an undisclosed draft pick, according to someone familiar with the trade talks.

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Expect more moves by Packers


Though the Green Bay Packers traded for running back Ryan Grant on Saturday while also cutting their roster to the regular-season limit of 53 players, they still could add and release a player at that shaky position this weekend.


General Manager Ted Thompson and his scouting staff were busy Saturday night watching videotape of players released by other teams, most notably looking for running backs, tight ends fullbacks and linebackers. Thompson did not make himself available for comment Saturday and won’t meet with reporters to discuss his roster until 1:30 p.m. today.


Thompson traded a conditional draft pick for Grant, a first-year pro who played in college at Notre Dame, spent 2005 on the Giants’ practice squad and last year on their non-football injury list because of a hand injury. The conditions for the trade were undisclosed, but most such deals specify the player must remain on the new team’s roster for at least several games for the trading team to receive the pick. In this case, the pick probably is a seventh-rounder.


That contingency means the Packers could release Jones at no cost if they claim a running back on waivers today they like better. They no doubt looked hard at available running backs Saturday night – they have until 11 a.m. today to make any waiver claims – because of the uncertain status of their top three halfbacks: rookie Brandon Jackson, third-year pro Vernand Morency and No. 3 Noah Herron for this week’s regular-season opener against Philadelphia.


The Packers have expressed relative optimism that all will be available this week, but NFL teams are notoriously ambiguous with injury information to keep their upcoming opponent guessing. Jackson sustained a concussion in practice last Monday and hasn’t practiced since. Morency has been out since he strained his patellar tendon on the first day of training camp and had graduated to running sprints on the side during practice last week. But even if he’s cleared to play this week, which by no means is a given, he still will be rusty and not in football shape, which would limit his ability to contribute in the opener.


Herron sustained a sprained knee last week in the exhibition finale at Tennessee, and though the Packers suggested the injury wasn’t serious, his status for this week also is uncertain.


Because of those problems, seventh-round draft pick DeShawn Wynn made the roster even though he missed the first three exhibition games because of a thigh injury and played only OK in the exhibition finale at Tennessee last week. Grant for now is the fifth halfback on the roster after the Packers cut undrafted rookie Corey White.


However there’s a chance the Packers will find a halfback on waivers they like better than Grant. One potentially intriguing running back available was Antonio Pittman, a fourth-round pick out of Ohio State who was cut by running-back deep New Orleans on Saturday.


Another possibility is Mike Bell of Denver. The Broncos are considering moving the second-year pro to fullback and did not release him on final cuts, but if he balks at the move the team could end up trading or cutting him. As an undrafted rookie last year, the 6-foot and 220-pound Bell gained 677 yards, averaged 4.3 yards a carry and scored eight touchdowns. He has the added attractive quality of playing in the same zone-blocking run system in Denver that the Packers use.


Korey Hall is the only fullback the Packers kept on their roster – they cut Brandon Miree – and the Packers could add a player at that position as well.

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i read today that mike bell is someone the pack is interested in,m esp. since selvin young impressed in camp and might make bell expendable at #2rb...BB, what say you from broncs land? is selvin young the next great no-name broncs rb to cause a waiver wire feeding frenzy?

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