The 3rd Man In

DuJuan Harris Will Not Be the Starter Week 1

Every year in Training Camp there are numerous position battles, and this year the Green Bay Packers starting running back position has been one of the competitive battles in camp. Veterans running backs Alex Green, James Starks and DuJuan Harris, along with rookies Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin are all vying for roster spots and most importantly, the starting job.

DuJuan Harris was recently taken of the PUP list, and it already appears that he is the starter, for now.

“I’m excited to see when DuJuan Harris come back, because I view him as our starter,” Mike McCathy told USA TODAY Sports last Thursday. “I want him to get back in there and earn it like he did all of last year. He made an impact in our offense.”

McCarthy is correct in saying that he made an impact last year in the Packers offense, with 157 yards and two touchdowns in the final four games of the regular season. He also recorded 100 yards rushing and receiving combined with one touchdown, but this season the Packers have a better option on the roster.

The Packers best option at running back is the Alabama product, Eddie Lacy. While Lacy is a big, physical back, who excels at running the ball down the defense’s throat, he also has excellent breakaway speed and pass blocking ability. He is exactly what the Packers need, and he can make a significant deference for the Packers offense.

DuJuan Harris is a solid running back, but the Packers drafted Eddie Lacy in the second round to be the starting running back this season. Lacy provides the Packers with the best opportunity to win at the running back position, and he will be the starter Week One.

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