Even prior to Andre Brown breaking his leg and being placed in Injured Reserve (designated to return), the New York Giants held workouts for a number of running backs including Joseph Addai and Ryan Torian. On Tuesday, they had some of those same players return for another private workout, but added Cadillac Williams and Ryan Grant to the mix. However, when all was said and done, it would be Kregg Lumpkin whom the team decided to sign.
Grant, who originally signed with the Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Notre Dame in 2005, spent his first season in the NFL on their practice squad. He would miss the 2006 season after a fluke accident at a night club almost cost him his life. In 2007, he was traded to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for a future sixth-round pick.
In five seasons with the Packers, Grant would rush for more than 1,000 yards twice (2008 and 2009). He also spent a part of this season with the Washington Redskins (one carry for five yards), but was released in late October.
Williams, meanwhile, was a first-round pick (5th overall) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2005. In his rookie season, Williams would rush for 1,178 yards and six touchdowns. However, due to a variety of serious injuries and an abundance of talented running backs in Tampa, Williams never again approached the 1,000 yards mark and saw his carries dip each season (with the exception of 2009). He became an unrestricted free agent in 2011, and would go on to sign with the St. Louis Rams. He played in 11 games for the team, tallying 361 yards and a touchdown.
Finally, the man of the hour: Kregg Lumpkin.
The Packers signed Lumpkin as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Georgia in 2008, and he would remain with the team through 2009. He would also have stints with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks.
In 29 career games, Lumpkin has rushed for 124 yards on 33 carries (3.65 ypc). He's also hauled in 45 passes for 325 yards. He's never scored a touchdown.
Lumpkin will replace Andre Brown on the 53-man roster.
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