Johnathan Franklin's game not translating to NFL

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Packer RB Johnathan Franklin's game, based on the off-season and first three weeks of training camp, hasn't fit as well in the NFL.

Franklin, 5 feet 10 inches and 205 pounds, can't get out of neutral. He rushed seven times for 17 yards in the intrasquad scrimmage and nine for 23 in the first two games.

It's just 16 carries, but Franklin's average of 2.5 yards is about on par with the way he has practiced, too.

"He looks like his numbers," a personnel man said. "He's not a real impressive guy. He plays small, and he doesn't play fast.

Fantasy Impact: 

This story certainly doesn't paint a great picture for Franklin, and further cements Eddie Lacy as the Packers starting RB. According to the story, the scouts said Franklin ran hard from scrimmage in college, but that hasn't been evident in the pros. Renowned for his pass protection, Franklin's been only adequate there. The article went on to say that with Randall Cobb injured and possibly being phased out of the return game, the Packers have been force-feeding Franklin into a role he never played in college. He has encountered some ball-security issues in practice and hasn't done anything returning in games.

Filed Under: 2013, Preseason