An unnamed NFL executive called the Packers’ backfield the best it has ever looked.
The Green Bay Packers greatly upgraded their running game last season with Eddie Lacy having a fantastic rookie season that allowed him to win Offensive Rookie of the Year.
James Starks also had a solid season as Lacy’s primary backup. However, Johnathan Franklin was forced to retire after suffering a career-ending neck injury.
This did not stop an anonymous NFL executive from praising the Packers’ backfield. “It’s the best it’s ever looked. They’re good to go. As long as Eddie Lacy’s healthy, I think they’re as comfortable as they’ve ever been,” the executive told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Lacy rushed for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns in 14 games, and Starks led the NFL in yards per carry with 5.54. They will be joined by DuJuan Harris, who gained starting experience at the end of the 2012 season before sitting 2013 out with a torn patellar tendon.
The former car salesman was expected to be on the bubble, but Franklin’s injury gives him a golden opportunity to prove himself.
The backs will also benefit from having quarterback Aaron Rodgers returning, assuming he can stay healthy for a full season again.