On Wednesday night, the Green Bay Packers addressed one of their most glaring needs. They signed free agent wide receiver, Ryan Grant, to help fix the team’s depleted receiving core. Ryan Grant isn’t A.J. Green or Emmanuel Sanders who many Packers wanted, but he’s a big, veteran target who’s a legit deep threat.
For his career, Ryan Grant has caught 123 passes for 1,333 yards and 7 touchdowns. He has a respectable career average of 10.8 yards per reception. His breakout season came in 2017 when he caught 45 passes for 573 yards and 4 touchdowns with the Washington Redskins. That season made many experts believe Ryan Grant was on track to becoming the Redskins number one wide receiver. However, when it came time to pay him, the Redskins didn’t want to fork up the cash but fortunately for Grant, the Colts signed him for the 2018 season. In 2018, Grant took a step back and caught 35 passes for 334 yards and a touchdown. This season, Grant only played in 2 games for the Oakland Raiders and caught 4 passes before he was released on September 25th.
For the Packers, Grant can immediately step into the offense and make a difference. Green Bay’s receiving core is extremely thin and even before catching a pass for the Packers, Ryan Grant should already be ahead of guys like Allen Lazard, Jake Kumerow, and Darius Shepherd on the depth chart. At 6’0, Grant uses his size and excellent leaping ability to make up for his lack of speed which helps him make the tough catches not every receiver can make. His best trait is his ability to use his hands and catch the ball. He doesn’t drop many passes which is something Aaron Rodgers will love right away.
I’m not expecting Ryan Grant to be the “end all be all” reason the Packers win or lose games, but he’s a receiver who can be a low risk high reward signing. If Grant can produce like he did just 2 years ago in Washington, the Packers will have found themselves a steal in free agency.