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Sunday, September 1, 2013, 1:41pm
Green was a third-round pick in 2011, but tore his ACL that season and averaged just 3.4 yards per carry for Green Bay last season. With Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin joining the Packers in this year’s draft, Green wound up getting pushed off the depth chart.
With the Jets, he'll like be behind Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell, displacing Khalil Bell, according to the story. Mike Goodson is suspended for the first four games of the season and his return could spell the end of Green’s time with the Jets if he doesn’t make a strong early impression on the coaching staff.
DuJuan Harris goes to IR
Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 2:43pm
Harris told reporters that the injury was to his patellar tendon.
He had previously injured the knee in offseason workouts and missed the first half of training camp.
Harris ended last season as the starter and was expected to provide a 1-2 punch with rookie Eddie Lacy. Lacy now, potentially, becomes an every down back and will likely see his fantasy value and ADP rise as the final drafts of summer take place. On Johnathan Franklin, Alex Green and James Starks stand in Lacy's way for carries.
DuJuan Harris leaves game with a knee injury
Saturday, August 24, 2013, 3:10am
Although Harris made it to the Packers' sideline without assistance, trainers immediately turned their attention to the running back's right knee. He was seen sitting with ice on the knee, but he was able to get up and walk shortly thereafter, according to multiple reports. Harris didn't return to the game, which the Seahawks won 17-10.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that Harris' knee injury is not believed to be serious, according to someone who has spoken with the running back. Harris will undergo tests Saturday.
The injury would further clear the way for Eddie Lacy, who was not impressive against the Seahawks, rushing for -5 yards on eight carries. His momentum from camp should carry him through to the starting gig, though Alex Green and Johnathan Franklin also got work on Saturday night. Lacy looks to be a solid RB2/RB3 pick in the 4th round of 12-team drafts.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 10:30am
Benched on Saturday night, then buried in a crowded backfield Monday morning.
Alex Van Pelt, who made the decision to pull Starks after he fumbled against St. Louis, cautioned against attaching undue significance to the rotation this week.
"He started the first game," Van Pelt said, referring to Starks. "We're just trying to make sure guys have the right opportunities through rep count. DuJuan's been taking a lot of the reps this week just to catch him up."
Friday, August 2, 2013, 11:10am
Packers RB coach Alex Van Pelt called James Starks’ camp so far “outstanding” and said the 6-foot-2, 218-pound fourth-year pro is running “extremely hard, violent.” He noted that Starks is making better reads and has been more patient on the outside zone runs, where the back needs to stretch the defense before making a cut. It’s a play coach Mike McCarthy often calls.
Regarding Alex Green, Van Pelt said he looks “night and day” compared to last year and is cutting better and running faster.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 6:06pm
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.
McCarthy: Felt "great" about DuJuan Harris
Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 11:01am
Packers HC Mike McCarthy spoke with reporters about his plans for the backfield (as paraphrased by beat writer Tom Silverstein): "Changes will play to the strengths we have. Wish we had [DuJuan Harris] earlier. Couldn't just put him in there, lost of stress on backs...Felt great with DuJuan in the backfield. He's going to play for us next year...Would like to get into a 1-2 punch with the backs. It really helps if you can keep doing it with same guys. [James Starks], [Alex Green] weren't 100%."
Packers "not desperate" at RB
Friday, March 15, 2013, 12:26pm
Thompson can't be certain that Harris, Alex Green and James Starks are the answer to an improved running attack, but there's enough there that he's not desperate. There are a couple of other options for bettering the talent.
In free agency, there are a number of backs who have had success in the NFL but come with injury and consistency issues. The good news for Thompson is that he can wait most of them out and sign one for a very reasonable price if he wants.
Among those available are Ahmad Bradshaw, Beanie Wells, Peyton Hillis, Justin Forsett and Turner. Bradshaw is the most talented of the group, but he was released from the Giants in part because he has been injury prone and had off-season foot surgery.