Packers HC Mike McCarthy was confident in proclaiming to the media in “big letters” as OTAs wrapped up that Green Bay’s ground game would improve in 2013.
Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin are the drafted RBs, with Angelo Pease an undrafted rookie RB. DuJuan Harris, Alex Green and James Starks are still developing. There aren’t enough handoffs, or roster spots to go around, and every player involved knows it.
“It’s going to be very competitive,” Green said of the upcoming training camp. “Every back on the roster is capable of being a contributor to the offense, from the drafted to free agents. It’s going to be good for everybody. It’s going to push everybody in the backfield to get better.”
Himself included, Green believes. Now that he’s another year removed from reconstructive knee surgery, the third-round pick in 2011 may be the biggest wildcard in this competition.
Green got his chance to be the feature back last season when Cedric Benson was lost for the year in Week 5, but Green’s rebuilt knee wasn’t ready for the workload. He finished with a team-high 464 yards but averaged just 3.4 yards per carry. Green doesn't make it on our RB list as we give the edge to Lacy as having the most value of the GB backs once the season starts. Lacy has and ADP of the seventh round and could present great value if he develops.