Harris believes Packers running backs have potential to be special
Jan 12, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) hands the ball off to running back DuJuan Harris (26) during the first quarter of the NFC divisional round playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. Image by Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sport
The Green Bay Packers have an intriguing NFL backfield for this upcoming season.
Even though the Packers lost Johnathan Franklin because of a career-ending neck injury, the team is still managing well so far with talent in the backfield consisting of Eddie Lacy, James Starks and DuJuan Harris. Harris, the two-year pro from Troy, is confident and excited for the group of backs this coming season.
“It’s real exciting. I’m ready to see what kind of damage we can do.” Harris said after practice Wednesday morning. “We all got good speed, we all got good power. I think we all complete each other. It’s going to be something the defense is going to have to be worried about.”
Each back in Green Bay’s rotation brings a different element to the table: Lacy brings his toughness and speed, Starks has shown good receiving skills and excels on screens, and Harris adds power and the ability to perform well on special teams. Yet, the diversity and multiple skill sets isn’t the reason why Harris believes this year’s unit is going to be successful in 2014.
“I’ve been around a lot of talented running backs throughout my career," Harris said. "I feel like this group … we’re a lot closer this year. I feel like that’s the biggest thing that’s going to make us successful.
"If we all can be every down backs, then that’s better for the team. That’s how we’re looking at it.”
Harris has taken reps in the return game throughout the summer as well. He previously returned kicks while playing in high school and during his first year as a pro with the Jacksonville Jaguars back in 2011.
In five games that year, he fielded 14 kicks for a total of 308 yards (22 Y/Rt), and now he’s taking his opportunity with the Packers’ unit one day at a time with the hopes of landing the starting job when the season kicks off in Seattle Week 1.
“I’m just back there working at it,” Harris said. “We’ll see, I’m just taking it one day at a time.”