There’s been plenty of excitement over the draft selections of running backs Eddie
Lacy (Alabama) and Johnathan Franklin (UCLA). The reason? The Green Bay Packers haven’t had a 1,000 yard rusher since 2009 when Ryan Grant rushed for 1,253 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Last season, the Packers ground attack was so poor that Alex Green, who was still coming back from major knee surgery in 2011, finished as the teams leading ground gainer, picking up 464 yards on 135 carries. To make matters worse, the next top rusher in line was the team’s quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, who finished with 259 yards on 54 carries. [Read more…]