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Offline MintBaconDrivel  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, May 8, 2013 5:22:01 AM(UTC)
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JerseyAl wrote:
It was only a month before the NFL draft that Mike McCarthy was singing the praises of DuJuan Harris:

“Oh he’s going to play for us next season. That’s his responsibility if he wants to be the starter… Once he got ready, I felt great about the way DuJuan finished the season. Looking forward to having him for an offseason and look for good things for him.”

March was a good month for Harris. You couldn’t go two clicks of the mouse without finding a feature on Harris. JSOnline did a feature piece on him and what he was doing to prepare this offseason. Our own Adam Czech posed the question, “Real Deal or Flavor of the Month?”
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#2 Posted : Wednesday, May 8, 2013 7:20:27 AM(UTC)
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don't like the dude for our team - sorry guy ...
IMO we are better off with a bigger powerback ... unless our Oline guys suddenly get really good at run blocking etc ...
besides we need someone to pass block too; and Id rather have someone with some muscle there that can run and block.

but we will see ...
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#3 Posted : Wednesday, May 8, 2013 9:16:59 AM(UTC)
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Going to be quite a battle at the RB position in pre-season.

IMHO there will be room for Harris and he will have a role.

I agree with the writer, Starks and maybe Green could be in trouble.

A team can never have enough good solid RB's.

Harris proved last year he could contribute. Let's see how he reacts to the competition of a TC.
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#4 Posted : Wednesday, May 8, 2013 9:22:59 AM(UTC)
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Color me as a guy that still believes that Harris might be a large contributor to the Packers. One thing the Packers don't do, is feel the need to play a guy just because of his draft position.

If a guy can play and earns it.. he plays.

Fans may be overlooking Harris, but that certainly doesn't mean that the coaching staff has.

It will be fun to watch this battle be waged.. and I for one enjoyed watching DuJuan hit the running lanes at full tilt.
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#5 Posted : Wednesday, May 8, 2013 10:02:15 AM(UTC)
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i like harris he is fast and small a lot like ray rice. i hope its the last year for starks and we keep lacy, franklin, harris and green
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#6 Posted : Wednesday, May 8, 2013 11:59:36 AM(UTC)
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I like the different talents each of the RBs bring. The competition should be very good.
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#7 Posted : Wednesday, May 8, 2013 1:35:48 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: brandland Go to Quoted Post
i like harris he is fast and small a lot like ray rice. i hope its the last year for starks and we keep lacy, franklin, harris and green


He's a Rice/Stokes kind of dude.

I think he can play. Speed AND power. He's small, so he can be hard to find. Also runs low, so it's hard to get under his pads. I'd take him over Green, and I like Green.
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#8 Posted : Wednesday, May 8, 2013 1:56:44 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: brandland Go to Quoted Post
i like harris he is fast and small a lot like ray rice. i hope its the last year for starks and we keep lacy, franklin, harris and green


I like this, and then replace Kuhn with a pancaking fullback. It's too early to dump Green, but he is not a between the tackles runner - he needs to be used in space like sweeps and screens.
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#9 Posted : Wednesday, May 8, 2013 1:57:31 PM(UTC)
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Csonka and Kiick had Mercury Morris; Taylor and Hornung had Travis Williams; Lacy and Franklin have Harris ...... but wait, this is the damn I formation. Oh well.

Green/Starks/whoever better be an asset on special teams, because that probably will determine which if either make the roster. I read Starks already is on the trading block.
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#10 Posted : Wednesday, May 8, 2013 2:30:41 PM(UTC)
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If they can get anything for Starks I believe they would take it. From what I've read they were not happy with his practice habits. That coupled with his problems staying on the field don't bode well for him. If they don't make a trade it sounds as though the odds are he won't stick. I also like Green but I think it will be Lacy, Franklin and Harris, barring injury, as I don't think they will keep 4 RBs.
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#11 Posted : Wednesday, May 8, 2013 6:05:41 PM(UTC)
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Unless Harris really craps the bed in TC I don't see Starks beating him for a spot. The real question is if they keep 4 RBs and if so is it going to be Green or Starks? I could see 4 RB+Kuhn for the season if they want some insurance for Lacy by creating roster spots by trimming the TE count down to 3 (JM, Quarless and DJ/Mulligan/Taylor).
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#12 Posted : Wednesday, May 8, 2013 6:28:21 PM(UTC)
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Harris will be a returner.


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#13 Posted : Wednesday, May 8, 2013 6:38:21 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: DakotaT Go to Quoted Post
I like this, and then replace Kuhn with a pancaking fullback. It's too early to dump Green, but he is not a between the tackles runner - he needs to be used in space like sweeps and screens.


You really need to learn to let go, man. Alex Green is a never was and the train has left the station. Drop your nostalgic link to the fabulous #20...
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#14 Posted : Wednesday, May 8, 2013 7:12:09 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Zero2Cool Go to Quoted Post
You really need to learn to let go, man. Alex Green is a never was and the train has left the station. Drop your nostalgic link to the fabulous #20...


Does this mean you don't like Green or you have mad passionate man love for Kuhn?
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#15 Posted : Wednesday, May 8, 2013 8:38:55 PM(UTC)
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I think you have to wait and see how they play in training camp.

If Starks is 100%, I still think he's better than Harris and Green... but if he gets injured again he's good as gone. And if he gets banged up... then it goes to the judges (aka the coaches) and I'm thinking they're gonna say gone unless he clearly looked like one of the best they got.

Green has a lot of physical talent and was getting better at reading his blocks (which he really struggled to do coming out) ... but he got that knee injury and his burst was gone... the question is ... did he get his burst back or not? ... if not he's probably gone. If he got it back I think he could make it but it's going to be an uphill battle for him.

Harris might be little but he stacked at 5'7" 203lbs and he runs low which gives him more power than one would expect. He's small, which means he can get though smaller holes. Great burst and goes north/south which I LOVE.


I think Harris and the two rookies will make it if healthy. Maybe a 4th guy if Starks or Green can get 100% healthy and stay that way... but right now I'm doubting that.
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#16 Posted : Wednesday, May 8, 2013 9:05:15 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: beast Go to Quoted Post
I think you have to wait and see how they play in training camp.

If Starks is 100%, I still think he's better than Harris and Green... but if he gets injured again he's good as gone. And if he gets banged up... then it goes to the judges (aka the coaches) and I'm thinking they're gonna say gone unless he clearly looked like one of the best they got.

Green has a lot of physical talent and was getting better at reading his blocks (which he really struggled to do coming out) ... but he got that knee injury and his burst was gone... the question is ... did he get his burst back or not? ... if not he's probably gone. If he got it back I think he could make it but it's going to be an uphill battle for him.

Harris might be little but he stacked at 5'7" 203lbs and he runs low which gives him more power than one would expect. He's small, which means he can get though smaller holes. Great burst and goes north/south which I LOVE.


I think Harris and the two rookies will make it if healthy. Maybe a 4th guy if Starks or Green can get 100% healthy and stay that way... but right now I'm doubting that.


TC is going to be fun to watch.

That's about all we can say with certainty.
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#17 Posted : Wednesday, May 8, 2013 11:11:25 PM(UTC)
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I think Starks and Green are both in trouble with their injury history and inability to shoulder the load. The knock on Harris is that he can't block at all, but he's gifted enough to find a role for certain plays. Unless Green and Starks are 100% and look good in pre-season, I think both are gone and it will be Harris and the two tookies on the roster.
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#18 Posted : Thursday, May 9, 2013 5:19:54 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: DakotaT Go to Quoted Post
Does this mean you don't like Green or you have mad passionate man love for Kuhn?


I'll assume the first names, as you lazily omitted them, again. I thought we were talking half backs, not full backs. Anyhow.

I do not think Alex Green has what it takes from what I've seen of him. As for John Kuhn, I really have no opinion of him. Do the Packers need a fullback or could a tight end service those duties? If the latter is true, is that tight end on the roster already? John Kuhn 1.8 million + $450,000 for 2013 seems kinda high, although I think he's the punt protector too, right? I think the Packers keep Kuhn for his versatility. He can, at times, get third and short, he's a good dump off receiving threat and I believe he's a good pass protector.

Back to half backs ... currently the Packers have these fellas on the roster.

This is my 'depth' order.
  1. Eddie Lacy
  2. Johnathan Franklin
  3. DuJuan Harris
  4. James Starks
  5. Alex Green



Starks will be cut because of a training camp hamstring or tampon string issue.
Green will be cut because he'll have lost a lot of speed from the ACL. Perhaps he'll be on the PUP if eligible, or IR?

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#19 Posted : Thursday, May 9, 2013 6:05:49 AM(UTC)
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Harris will be given a chance. (A side note to those who might be confused as to which Harris I am referring to- Since DuJuan's name is in the title of the thread I will assume most reasonable persons already know who I am talking about. I assume they realize I am not talking about Al Harris or Franco Harris. Future references to other rbs on the team may also deal with their last name only. Should you become confused as to who they are simply consult the roster.)

Back to the subject at hand. Even though he will get his chance in TC, I don't see Harris getting a lot of reps on the field but he will make the team. Uncle Teddy will not want to invest a lot of money in a seldom used #3 rb. Green will be kept as he has not really had a chance to show what he can do but may well be 4th on the depth chart. Kuhn and Starks are the bubble players who will be sent packing.

Yes I put Kuhn in this post because he is really a rb who has been playing fb for the past few years.
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#20 Posted : Thursday, May 9, 2013 6:16:19 AM(UTC)
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You suggest consulting the roster, yet do not provide a link? Lazy, pure lazy. Anyhow.

I struggle thinking of John Kuhn as half back, full back or tight end exclusively. He's like one of those knives that has many uses. I don't see him being cut/replaced this season.

I'm thinking the running backs will be

HB Eddie Lacy
HB Johnathan Franklin
HB DuJuan Harris
FB John Kuhn
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#21 Posted : Thursday, May 9, 2013 6:16:20 AM(UTC)
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DuJuan Harris is no forgotten man to me. That dude finishes his runs like few others. I thought he needed more opportunities last season. He may get them this year. Fast, small, powerful. Gets extra yards after the initial contact. I like this kid a lot.

I suspect we'll be seeing Harris and Franklin switching off in the backfield with Lacy being the constant. A lot.
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#22 Posted : Thursday, May 9, 2013 10:19:34 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: play2win Go to Quoted Post
DuJuan Harris is no forgotten man to me. That dude finishes his runs like few others. I thought he needed more opportunities last season. He may get them this year. Fast, small, powerful. Gets extra yards after the initial contact. I like this kid a lot.

I suspect we'll be seeing Harris and Franklin switching off in the backfield with Lacy being the constant. A lot.


Yes, just what I was thinking. I also agree, Green will probably be the 4th RB. I'd like to see Kuhn replaced by one of the TEs, but 50/50 about that whether he makes the final roster or not.

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#23 Posted : Thursday, May 9, 2013 11:57:16 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: texaspackerbacker Go to Quoted Post
Yes, just what I was thinking. I also agree, Green will probably be the 4th RB. I'd like to see Kuhn replaced by one of the TEs, but 50/50 about that whether he makes the final roster or not.



If one or two of the TEs are good enough to play FB, I wouldn't mind getting rid of the FB and using a TE/FB guy back there and saving the roster spot. But I don't see the Packers doing it...
Mike McCarthy loves FB tricks too much... so I think there will be a full time FB and it will probably be Kuhn.


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#24 Posted : Thursday, May 9, 2013 12:24:41 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Zero2Cool Go to Quoted Post
Starks will be cut because of a training camp hamstring or tampon string issue.


LOL! Classic.

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#25 Posted : Thursday, May 9, 2013 2:17:31 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: beast Go to Quoted Post
If one or two of the TEs are good enough to play FB, I wouldn't mind getting rid of the FB and using a TE/FB guy back there and saving the roster spot. But I don't see the Packers doing it...

Mike McCarthy loves FB tricks too much... so I think there will be a full time FB and it will probably be Kuhn.




Those short yardage plays are going to Lacy from now on. Dude gets to the LoS MUCH faster. And harder.
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