Thursday, January 31, 2013
Green Bay's RB situation
By Tim Kavanagh
As the Green Bay Packers reload for the 2013 season, there are two areas of big concern on offense: sorting out who is going to be starting at the OT slots, with two former first-rounders (Bryan Bulaga and Derek Sherrod) slated to be back from injury, and figuring out their situation at RB. Will they invest in one of the big-name free agents set to hit the market, use a high draft pick on a prospect at the position, or merely stand pat with who they've got already?
At the center of this debate is DuJuan Harris, an undrafted free agent who spent the 2011 season and 2012 preseason with Jacksonville, before trying his hand as a car salesman, then taking over as the Packers' lead RB over the final few weeks of the season and the playoffs. Over the course of six games in a Packers uniform, Harris managed 257 yards on 62 carries (4.2 YPA), and there's an argument to be made that the Packers should begin 2013 training camp with him as the lead back, and invest resources on other problem areas (there are some significant issues on defense).
ESPN NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert breaks down the debate:
Kevin SeifertThere are two equally compelling arguments here
"One would suggest it's time for the Packers to make a draft commitment at the running back position. The other would question why it's necessary. If you can find and develop a DuJuan Harris off the street, why spend a high draft choice to find another one?"