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“Ryan Grant remains the team's starting running back. "I'm coming here to be that guy like I've always been, but now kind of in a secondary role," Green said. "Which I have no problem with." But Green's arrival could solidify the Packers' third-down back position; he takes the roster spot of DeShawn Wynn, who was put on injured reserve with a knee injury, and fellow backups Brandon Jackson and practice squad player Kregg Lumpkin also have struggled to stay healthy. Green also could revive Green Bay's screen-pass game. It's an area that hasn't thrived under McCarthy, and could be an effective antidote to pass-protection problems in the first five games. "Ahman, he always had a great feel for the screen game," quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. "The screen game is often an underappreciated part of our offense. We call a lot of screens that you guys maybe wouldn't know about. A lot of times, I throw to the other side or I check out of it. That's something we'd like to incorporate a little bit more." But after two disappointing seasons in Houston that both ended on injured reserve with a knee injury -- he rushed for 554 yards in 14 games over two years -- what can Green give the Packers? McCarthy said his lack of production in Houston wasn't a concern. "We have a lot of history with Ahman so we really didn't go off of what happened with the Texans," McCarthy said. "I know our personnel department, they stay in tune with all the players on the particular teams and particular area that each scout has. They have a grade and a definite opinion on where each individual player is, no different with Ahman Green. It was probably more just to see where he was health-wise, and we felt obviously he'd be a good fit. He has history here, he understands the offense, so the learning curve is minimal." Production aside, the idea of adding Green and Tauscher to the NFL's youngest team was a plus to cornerback Charles Woodson, who said at the end of last season that the team needed more veterans. "They get it," Woodson said. "A lot of young guys come in, they don't understand what you have go through at times in this league. I understand, coming from Oakland. You bring guys in here that you know are going to be hungry, guys that are going to work tirelessly to make this team better."
Just something was missing after these past two years that I didn't want to quite finish that way. The way my career was in Houston, I didn't want that to basically become my legacy.” -- Ahman Green