The Packers’ decision to take two running backs in the NFL draft is just fine with last year’s leading rusher, Alex Green.
Green told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he welcomes second-round pick Eddie Lacy and fourth-round pick Johnathan Franklin, and that he thinks their presence is “great” and “best for the team.” Green knows his 135 carries and 464 yards were nothing to write home about, and the Packers need to seek an upgrade.
“Last year, I didn’t do anything too good in the running game,” Green said, “so I think it was a great thing for us to get back out there, make a step in the draft and help the team win football games.”
Green will compete with Lacy, Franklin, DuJuan Harris and James Starks to be the starter, and if he doesn’t perform well in training camp and the preseason Green may not make the 53-man roster at all. But Green says he expects to be a lot better this year because he was never 100 percent healthy last year after a 2011 knee injury.
“I had a couple setbacks. I was never really quite where I wanted to be, but I made great strides in the off-season. I’m definitely getting ready for this year,” Green said.
Green will need to be ready, with more competition at the position than he’s had in his two previous years with the Packers.