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Ryan Grant out for the season: Packers sign RB Nance. GM Thompson viewed available veterans such as Parker, Fargas, Smith and Arrington as poor fits for the Packers’ zone running game and liked physical running style of powerful Nance.
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“It’s definitely a big drop-off,” Williamson said, “but I also think this is such a running-back friendly offense because of the passing game they have. You don’t need a great player there, and I don’t even think Grant was a great player.” Can Jackson handle the punishment of being a feature back? “I would worry about him over the long term because we haven’t seen him do it,” Williamson said. “Over time, he’s really been productive at no level. But for the short term, I think they can be nearly as potent as an offense. I would worry about short-yardage situations where everyone knows the run is coming, but this is still a really good offense without Ryan Grant.” Nance, meanwhile, is a 219-pound, between-the-tackles bruiser.