The Packers run game struggled majorly in the team’s 27-23 win over the Detroit Lions Thursday night, as quarterback Aaron Rodgers was the Packers leading rusher on the night with 4 carries for 27 yards and one touchdown.
If you take away Rodgers 27 yards, the Packers running game only mustard 40 yards, and 3rd string running back John Crockett provided the only minor spark, outplaying Eddie Lacy and James Starks.
It’s normal for NFL teams to bring in players weekly for workouts, but the Packers made headlines by bringing in Montee Ball, a second round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft just like Eddie Lacy out of Wisconsin.
Ball was cut prior to the start of the season by the Denver Broncos as he dipped down to the 4th string running back on the Broncos active roster.
The former Wisconsin standout has a total of 175 carries for his career, good enough for 731 yards and 5 rushing touchdowns. Injuries slowed him down in 2014, and C.J. Anderson’s emergence during Ball’s absence is part of the reason he isn’t in Denver right now.
If Ball does sign with the Packers sometime by the end of the week or next week, it’s likely that he will be featured only as a third string running back behind Starks and Lacy.
[twitter-follow screen_name='tony_montalto' show_count='yes']