Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/29/13
There are plenty of caveats for judging this early in training camp whether the Green Bay Packers significantly upgraded their running game in this year’s NFL draft. The team has practiced only once in pads and even in that setting there’s no tackling which eliminates the crucial tackle-breaking element of running back play. Still it was hard not to notice Johnathan Franklin in the Packers’ first padded workout Sunday. The rookie stood out most at a position that general manager Ted Thompson augmented with two of his first five draft picks this year. “From what I’ve seen so far it looks like (Franklin) is going to be a pretty decent player” said Josh Sitton the Packers’ left guard. “Haven’t seen a whole lot yet but he’s a shifty little son of a gun.” Coach Mike McCarthy has vowed that the Packers will run the ball better this year than they have under his stewardship and Franklin and Eddie Lacy are a huge part of that plan. Lacy a second-round pick had an uneventful first day i...
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