Rookie Johnathan Franklin Missing the Mark in Green Bay

During the 2013 draft, the Green Bay Packers picked up two running backs, Eddie Lacy in the 2nd round, and Johnathan Franklin in the 4th. Both were impressive and diverse collegiate running backs, but not all running backs excel at the professional level.

So far, Franklin is tumbling down the Packers running back depth chart and could end up returning kicks. Reports out of Green Bay indicate that Lacy will get the majority of the carries and is a lock to make the roster, while Franklin has not been able to properly separate himself from the pack.

Franklin has fallen short in several areas including his inability to run in between tackles and his shortcomings as a pass blocker. On the other side of the coin, Lacy has exceeded expectations in Green Bay and has been terrific at protecting the quarterback.

Lacy missed the Packers first preseason game, opening the way for Franklin to make a real impression. But Franklin failed to impress recording recording 6 carries for 14 yards and 2 receptions for 12 yards. Barring a spectacular turnaround or injuries to multiple players in front of him, Franklin has no fantasy upside at all.


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