Packers’ Head Coach Mike McCarthy singled out one running back for praise today and it’s not who you would think. James Starks and Alex Green are probably bigger names, but Brandon Saine was the one that Mike McCarthy called the most consistent of the bunch today. Saine was an undrafted free agent in 2011, but not for lack of athleticism. He ran a 4.40 at 5-11 220 at Ohio State’s Pro Day in 2011, but only surpassed 70 carries in one of his 4 collegiate seasons, maxing out at 145 in 2009. He was decent last season, rushing for 69 yards on 18 carries and catching 10 passes.
Saine is currently 2nd on the depth chart with Alex Green still not practicing after tearing his ACL last season. Green, 2011 3rd round pick, managed just 3 carries last season before getting hurt. Even if he opens the season 3rd on the depth chart, he won’t be behind any proven or durable backs. James Starks is injury prone dating back to his college days and still has just 162 career carries, while Green is still noncommittal about his availability for Training Camp. Saine has some fantasy upside as a deep sleeper. I wouldn’t draft him, but he’s a name to know as he could end up with a good amount of carries this season. He’s the reason the Packers let Ryan Grant go and didn’t draft another running back this offseason.