The Green Bay Packers are determined to improve the running back position because everyone involved with the organization understands that is the only way the team will get back to the Super Bowl. Aaron Rodgers is a phenomenal quarterback who has proven he is more than capable of carrying the team on his back. However, the Packers desperately need to add balance to the offense with an improved rushing attack.
The most entertaining competition in Green Bay’s training camp will most certainly be running back, although there are several areas on the team where the competition will be fierce. If anything else, the six running backs on the current roster will provide fans plenty to talk about, as all eyes will be on them.
“It’s going to be very competitive,” third year running back Alex Green said, according to Packers.com. “Every back on the roster is capable of being a contributor to the offense, from the drafted to free agents. It’s going to be good for everybody. It’s going to push everybody in the backfield to get better.”
Look no further than Green’s comment for the reason why general manager Ted Thompson decided to stack the position. The Packers selected Eddie Lacy and Jonathan Franklin in the 2013 NFL Draft, while Angelo Pease will compete as an undrafted rookie. Meanwhile, James Starks, DuJuan Harris and Green, three backs that are still trying to develop into every down contributors, will also be fighting for reps.
Green was the most productive running back last season as he rushed for 464 yards on 135 carries. However, whoever gets the starting nod this year will have to do much better than that in order for Green Bay to be effective.
It is unknown exactly how many running backs the Packers plan on keeping on their roster. With that being said, most would say that it is safe to assume four of the six will be on the depth chart at the start of the 2013 season. That does not include fan favorite John Kuhn, who will most likely be listed as the team’s lone fullback.