Packers Have Best Running Backs, Says DuJuan Harris
Alright, alright. The Green Bay Packers have some good running backs for the first time since Ryan Grant was in his prime. One of those backs — DuJuan Harris — says they have the best backs in the NFL.
Of course, that back is on injured reserve and out for the season, but maybe he has a point.
Harris was slated to come into the season as a starter after finishing last season like a bull. Then the Packers went out and drafted Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin.
Lacy hasn’t gotten a lot of work — he left the Packers’ week two game after one carry with a concussion and didn’t play in week three.
Nonetheless, James Starks, who was once the forgotten man, stepped in and ran for 132 yards in week two. Franklin, who it was rumored didn’t get the Packers’ zone blocking scheme, came in after Starks got injured in week three and ran for 103 yards on just 13 carries.
Not too shabby.
Two straight 100-yard rushers. When was the last time that happened?
So that has Harris calling the Packers’ backfield the best in the NFL.
“I feel like we have the best backfield in this league by the numbers,” said Harris, who finished the 2012 season as the Packers’ starter. “We have a lot of guys that can take over the starting job and get out there and make some runs. The guys who y’all didn’t even think were going to play were the guys who got 100 yard games.
“All of us are capable of having big games and to have all that in the backfield, that’s a hell of a thing to have.”
Perhaps Harris has a point.
There’s definitely a lot of talent there for the first time in a while. Maybe more talent than at any time since Jim Taylor, Paul Hornung and Elijah Pitts. Or at least since John Brockington and MacArthur Lane, with respect to Edgar Bennett and Dorsey Levens.
If they’re all healthy, we’re talking four guys who can potentially be a boss.
The Packers are currently 10th in the NFL in rushing offense, ahead of the vaunted Minnesota Vikings, who are 12th.
They’re averaging 128 yards per game, which is a vast improvement over the 78.3 yards per game they averaged last season.
Are they the best in the NFL? Well, statistically, no.
That honor goes to the Philadelphia Eagles right now, who are averaging 209 yards per game behind Shady McCoy, Mike Vick and whoever the hell else.
In any case, the future looks bright.
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