Can rooks solve Pack's run woes?

Stats show reason to believe in RBs Eddie Lacy, Johnathan Franklin

Updated: June 18, 2013, 1:02 PM ET
By Rivers McCown | Football Outsiders

Eddie Lacy and Manti Te'oMatthew Emmons/USA TODAY SportsThe Packers hope rookie additions like second-round pick Eddie Lacy will ignite the Green Bay offense.

The Green Bay Packers have not had a 1,000-yard rusher since Ryan Grant broke the plateau in 2009. The yardage of their leading rusher has steadily declined since then, from the 703 yards that Brandon Jackson managed in 2010 to the scant 464 that Alex Green ran for last season. The Packers finally found that trend untenable and spent a pair of draft picks on running backs in 2013.

With the second-to-last pick of the second round, they added Alabama mauler Eddie Lacy, before trading up in the fourth round to snag UCLA's Johnathan Franklin. Will these additions finally give Green Bay a consistent running game?


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Rivers McCown

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Rivers McCown is an associate editor for Football Outsiders.