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Grant's Tomb

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

As mentioned above, Ryan Grant is out for the year. It's time for everyone to meet Brandon Jackson.

Jackson was a former second-round pick that struggled with a ton of nagging injuries but recently seemed to turn the corner. He is a natural third-down back and the Packers felt confident enough in him to dump third-stringer Kregg Lumpkin on cutdown day. The Packers brought in Dimitri Nance off the Falcons' practice squad Tuesday, but make no mistake: Jackson is the feature back in an explosive offense.

He has good burst and is elusive. He excels as a pass-catcher which will be key. The Packers are set to go even more pass happy than they were already (hello, Aaron Rodgers and Greg Jennings). Jackson will lose goal-line work to John Kuhn, but he's a strong RB2 play in all formats -- especially PPR. I'd blow almost all of my waiver acquisition budget on him if I needed running back help. Jackson is unproven but is set up to succeed in that offense.

Laurence Maroney was traded to the Broncos in exchange for a swap of 2011 draft picks. It sounds like a big move for the Broncos, but keep in mind that Maroney was looking like the fourth-string runner in New England even when healthy.

Consider Maroney a threat to Correll Buckhalter's workload while merely supporting Knowshon Moreno. Meanwhile, Fred Taylor remains the clear starter in New England, but I'll never trust a running back in a Bill Belichick offense. I still consider Taylor more of a bye-week fill in than every-week starter.

Matt Moore (concussion) is tentatively expected to start this weekend. ... Anthony Gonzalez (high ankle sprain) is already out for Week 2 and probably beyond. Drop him. ... Demaryius Thomas (foot) says he's still at least a couple weeks away from being able to play. ... Ted Ginn (knee) is expected to miss at least two weeks. ... Jake Delhomme (ankle) is suddenly questionable for Week 2. Seneca Wallace is his backup. ... Kevin Kolb won't be evaluated until later in the week, but it's still looking like Michael Vick will start.

Rex Ryan suggested that Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson will split carries equally going forward. For now, we suspect he'll be trusting Tomlinson more no matter what he says. ... Darrelle Revis will be used to shadow Randy Moss this week. ... Tim Tebow isn't expect to get much more than the three snaps he saw in Week 1. ... Patrick Crayton dressed on Monday night but didn't get on the field. He's off the radar. ... The Dolphins are reportedly frustrated with Brian Hartline's consistency. He's also off the radar for now.

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