Running back DuJuan Harris was the forgotten man on the Green Bay Packers this season. He spent the entire season on injured reserve with a knee injury, after finishing strong down the stretch in 2012.
That late-season production got Harris anointed the No. 1 back by coach Mike McCarthy coming into training camp, even though the Packers selected Eddie Lacy in the second round and Johnathan Franklin in the fourth.
McCarthy spoke of the one-two punch he expected Harris and Lacy to form. Of course, we never got a glimpse of that and Lacy went on to have a Pro Bowl season.
There’s really no reason to take Lacy out of the lineup going forward, unless he’s injured. However, the Packers did spell him with James Starks during the 2013 season.
Starks responded with his best season as a pro, rushing for 493 yards and averaging 5.5 per carry.
Now Starks is an unrestricted free agent. Although he proved to be a valuable cog in the machine, everything points to him moving on.
The Packers have plenty of depth at running back with Harris returning, so they don’t have a need for Starks. They also have 19 other free agents to figure out.
Starks is likely to get a decent offer from another team. He might even get a shot to start elsewhere, which we know he would prefer.
The only way we see the Packers making Starks a priority is if Harris’ knee doesn’t check out. With a year off, it should.
That puts Harris in line to be next year’s version of Starks — the guy who comes off the bench to spell Lacy and pound the defense.
And let’s be honest, a tandem of Lacy and Harris is going to batter opposing defenses. They both love contact.
I’m having visions of the Christian Okoye and Barry Word tandem.
The Giants not only want James Starks, but our center Dietrich Smith. I can understand Starks wanting to leave, but FUCK NO we shouldn’t let them take our Center!
Can’t wait ’til this dude is ready to go, one of my favorite players from ’12-he and Lacy with Rodgers will be worse than lethal.
Yes, I know ball security is a MAJOR issue….but I’m not against Franklin getting some touches too. The kid has great vision, makes people miss, and is a nice change of pace RB capable of explosive plays. He adds a dimension the backfield doesnt have unless we hand it off to Cobb and I’m not so sure doing that is in our long term interests given how clutch he is in the passing game. Franklin lit up a damn good defense in Cincinnati then fumbled the game away. Still, you’d have to be blind to not see what he potentially brings to the table. As long as he keeps the ball off the turf, of course. lol
I’m down to see more Franklin as well, especially in the screen game, but he’s not the only explosive one-did you watch Harris run last year? The dude runs over, through, around, and by people; he’s a threat to take it the distance very time he touches it. Wouldn’t mind Cobb continuing to pop into the backfield (whether on a pass or run) a few times a game, watching LBs trying to deal with him is downright comical.
It makes sense but I hate to see Starks go. I feel like he’s the most underrated Packer on this lineup.