Mike McCarthy: I view DuJuan Harris as our starting running back

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Outside of the hamstring injury that kept him out of practice earlier this week, there’s been nothing but positive news about rookie running back Eddie Lacy coming out of Packers camp this summer.

That would seem to make him the likeliest candidate to grab the starting job this season and coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday that he considers one of the team’s running backs to be the team’s starter. It’s not Lacy, though.

It’s DuJuan Harris, who has yet to practice in camp this summer after landing on the PUP list to start camp because of a knee injury. Harris also had a cyst removed from his lungs this offseason, which kept him out of offseason work. His absence has left McCarthy eager to see what Harris can do.

“I’m excited to see when DuJuan Harris comes back, because I view him as our starter,” McCarthy said, via Tom Pelissero of USA Today. “I want him to get back in there and earn it like he did all of last year. He made an impact in our offense.”

This may just be a case of a starter — Harris started both playoff games — not losing his job because of injury or one of McCarthy making sure that Lacy doesn’t let all the rave reviews go to his head, but we can’t know that until we see how he’s integrated into the offense once he’s healthy. That’s expected to be sometime in the next two weeks, a period that Lacy could use to make it even harder to go back to Harris.

50 responses to “Mike McCarthy: I view DuJuan Harris as our starting running back

  1. Someone who is on their PUP list is their starter? Its a sad state of affairs up in Green Bay.

  2. And out come the trolls. Sad state of affairs? Brainwashing? Please remember that it’s August. Also, your quarterback is Christian Ponder. REIGNING NFC NORTH CHAMPS

  3. Typical Packers brainwashing ploy. First they try to convince Bulaga he can play with a torn ACL, and now they tell everyone on the team they are starting. Even during the games, when the reserves and players on the PUP don’t even touch the field, they still think they are starting. Even the fans think everyone is starting. Injuries don’t matter, because behind them, there’s just another starter quality player. That’s what the Packer fans, media, and team will say.

  4. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says:
    Aug 8, 2013 2:55 PM
    the first 3 comments are from vikings fans? go read another article about how much ponder sucks, you trolls.

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    I would, but you’re already doing that for us, where the first 3 to 4 comments on Vikings stories is… *gasp* Packer fans.

  5. Thanks to my tin foil hat I didn’t become brainwashed by the Packer fans. You know, that Roly Poly Lacy was > AD…..McCupcake let the truth be known!

  6. We’ll see how good he is running behind this weak OL. Just not many offensive weapons on this team and nobody to block. The most dangerous weapon appears to be Finley and his fists, but you don’t score points by throwing jabs or hooks on the field.

  7. Our QB is Ponder, who for two separate stretches last year was ranked #1, and our RB is Peterson. Green Bay has Rodgers and…?
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    #1 in what? when?

  8. 7ransponder – you mean that Mini fans aren’t going to be telling us anymore that Sharif, Xavier, and Cordarrelle are going to be tri-ROYs and instant HoFers?
    Contra – Harris has been best described as “A rolling ball of butcher knives.” If he happens to be the guy who starts out the first series, it’s fine with me. He knows how life is outside of the NFL and is going to do all he can to keep his spot.
    Packer opponents aren’t going to be able to sit back in Cover 2 and Cover 3 as much this year imo. Going to be very interesting.

  9. No O-line, no RB. D-lines will pin their ears back and charge. When Rodgers gets nailed that will be it for Green Bay.

  10. arrowtoyourknee says: Aug 8, 2013 3:15 PM

    Our QB is Ponder, who for two separate stretches last year was ranked #1, and our RB is Peterson. Green Bay has Rodgers and…?
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    13 World Titles, and 4 Lombardi trophies including one in the past 5 years. We win.

  11. Dujan Harris may not even make the team. He is on the PUP list with a bad knee, who knows if he needs surgery. Mac is always playin that game ‘so and so will only miss a week’ and the guy is out six.

    Time Mac evaluate the players who are healthy and learn is any of them are better than the ones who aren’t and start getting rid of some people.

    Starks can trip over the chalk markers and get injured for 8 weeks. Green is always crying he ain’t 100%. The only thing 100% is his bitching about not being 100%.

    Kuhn is a big oaf who ins’t needed.

  12. Wow. It’s a been a “Days of Our Lives” pre-season for the Packers. There’s only one word that can now honestly be applied to the green and gold’s season.

    Bust.

    Packers=Last

  13. mp4pack says:
    Aug 8, 2013 3:39 PM
    arrowtoyourknee says: Aug 8, 2013 3:15 PM

    Our QB is Ponder, who for two separate stretches last year was ranked #1, and our RB is Peterson. Green Bay has Rodgers and…?
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    13 World Titles, and 4 Lombardi trophies including one in the past 5 years. We win.
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    Interesting how somehow you feel much better about yourself based on the accomplishments of your great grandfathers team. Its quite sad.

  14. If you ask me, this is a motivating tactic on McCarthy’s part.

    The Packers wouldn’t have drafted Lacy AND Franklin if he thought DuJuan was the clear-cut starter.

  15. “I’m excited to see when DuJuan Harris comes back, because I view him as our starter,” McCarthy said, via Tom Pelissero of USA Today. “I want him to get back in there and earn it like he did all of last year. He made an impact in our offense.”
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    Nice job, Coach. This will no doubt keep the rest of the running backs hungry and motivated… 😉

  16. mp4pack says: Aug 8, 2013 3:39 PM

    arrowtoyourknee says: Aug 8, 2013 3:15 PM

    Our QB is Ponder, who for two separate stretches last year was ranked #1, and our RB is Peterson. Green Bay has Rodgers and…?
    _________________________________
    13 World Titles, and 4 Lombardi trophies including one in the past 5 years. We win.

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    Odd… I didn’t know they gave out 13 different world titles in an offseason? Man, I must have missed something.

  17. McCarthy dont have a clue of what a RB does. and if someone told him he STILL wouldnt know that a RB cant run without a O-LINE that can open a hole. Pass the ball McCarthy like you been doing for 6 years oops!! I forgot you dont a WR worth talking about

  18. Please, another offseason of non-Packers fans getting overjoyed and counting the Packers out after some injuries. Haven’t they learned from the past that it hasn’t mattered as long as the injured player isn’t Aaron Rodgers. Give it up and go read a Vikings blog about AP wearing a camera on his helmet or something.

  19. Getting the Packers starting RB job is like being on the cover of Madden, playing drums for Spinal Tap, coaching the Cardinals/Bucs, or wearing the “red shirt” in a Star Trek landing party.

    Good luck, DuJuan!

  20. this is an example of gb’s inability to comprehend a running system. draft two backs, yet side w/the banged up vet that has yet to prove his worth right before the season.

  21. Funny to hear so many people who randomly shout “Skol!” and respond to a fake horn like Pavlov’s dogs accuse others of being brainwashed.

  22. Not to mention the same people argued that their KICKER should be ROY over Luck, Griffin, and Wilson.

  23. hatesycophants says: Aug 8, 2013 4:35 PM

    Just come right and admit you’re in a rebuilding year. No shame.

    “Well we’ve made the playoffs 4 years in a row now with a Super Bowl in there too. But after losing our old main WR who barely played last year and losing our LT who started at RT last year and had a subpar year on top of giving our 2 best players gigantic contracts, we are going to have a rebuilding year.”

    You’re an idiot, Sir.

  24. “I want him to get back in there and earn it like he did all of last year. He made an impact in our offense.”…………………..anyone who read this quote is all the dumber for having done so, including myself. GB had about the worst rushing game in the entire NFL last year…..the year before, the year before that, etc. etc. The definition of stupid is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. I have always thought McCarthy to be a pretty smart coach but this might be the dumbest thing to ever come out of his mouth.

  25. Every rookie gets this treatment in Green Bay. They don’t want any rookie to come in feeling entitled to anything, and I’m sure MM didn’t want Lacy to start getting a big head after he drew rave reviews at the scrimmage. Lacy will be the starter, but it won’t be announced until the last preseason game at the earliest.

  26. We are now incredibly deep in running backs and corner backs, the exact opposite of last year. Be afraid NFL, be very afraid. Go Packers Go!!!

  27. There sure is a lot of positive buzz around the Packers again this year. Superbowls are the expectation every year. And everybody is gunning for the big dog.

  28. filthymcnasty1 says:

    There sure is a lot of positive buzz around the Packers again this year. Superbowls are the expectation every year. And everybody is gunning for the big dog.
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    Actually, the buzz is mostly negative. It’s just that you’ve been brainwashed and can’t comprehend the truth of the matter.

    As to the Superbowl expectation every year – well – that’s another myth that has been brainwashed into your head.

    To make it to the Super Bowl you need to make the playoffs. When you make it to the playoffs you need to score TD’s to win the games in order to advance.

    Your team is the only team in NFL history (since the playoff system began) to go 25 full regulation seasons without scoring a single TD in a playoff game. 19 of those 25 seasons – the Packers didn’t even have a winning record.

  29. gtodriver says:
    Aug 8, 2013 8:25 PM
    Your team is the only team in NFL history (since the playoff system began) to go 25 full regulation seasons without scoring a single TD in a playoff game. 19 of those 25 seasons – the Packers didn’t even have a winning record.
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    so?

  30. stellarperformance says:

    so?
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    It’s self explanatory.

    If you can’t comprehend what I wrote – it just proves how Packer fans have been brainwashed to just disregard the facts.

  31. Does anyone know who the only team in NFL history to lose four of the first 11 Super Bowls by double digit margins and then never get back to one is?

    I can make up damning stats too.

  32. gtodriver says:
    Aug 8, 2013 9:18 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    so?
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    It’s self explanatory. If you can’t comprehend what I wrote – it just proves how Packer fans have been brainwashed to just disregard the facts.
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    I don’t need it explained and I comprehend your contention just fine. My question remains; “So what?.”

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