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The NFL is a show me NOW league, and Packers heralded rookie running back Johnathan Franklin didn’t impress anybody during training camp or the preseason. His poor performance prompted one scout to describe him in these less than glowing terms: “he’s not a real impressive guy. He plays small and he doesn’t play fast.” But what of his record breaking numbers at UCLA? What of his running back leading 4.49 40-yard dash (and 11.33 60-yard shuttle) at the combine? His statistical accumulations in an up-tempo spread based offense and prowess in athletic testing were no longer relevant. In the present, he was faltering.
Alas, fortunes can spin 180 degrees in short order. Following a knee injury suffered by starter James S...