Alex Green vaults past Packers’ rookies, for now


Sure, offseason workouts are largely meaningless.  But they meant enough in Green Bay to prompt the team to put a third-year veteran who tore an ACL as a rookie and underperformed in 2012 at the top of the tailback depth chart.

Per Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, running back Alex Green currently owns the starting job, ahead of second-rounder Eddie Lacy, fourth-rounder Jonathan Franklin, DuJuan Harris, and James Starks.

Green struggled in 2012 to recover from his torn ACL, the other extreme of the Adrian Peterson spectrum.

“It’s like if you got a bruise or something and at first, you can’t really move your arm but over time it starts to loosen up and eventually you get back to where you were before,” Green said.  “I’d wake up and I was just in pain.  Taking pills and worrying how it can get better, but knowing it was getting weaker, it was frustrating.”

Green still has a long way to go to become the Week One starter; it’s a five-way race for reps.  But Green and the coaching staff feel good about his chances.

22 responses to “Alex Green vaults past Packers’ rookies, for now

  1. Might be more of a motivation tool more than anything or the rookies aren’t picking up the pass protections. I always sort of thought he might be the 3rd one kept.

  2. I don’t think it is a 5 way battle. Starks won’t be in it for long. He’ll get dinged up, miss reps and be cut. Green is battling Harris for a roster spot. They won’t cut either of the rooks. But all 4 of these guys can get some, or most, of the reps. But no matter what happens, the battle will continue right through the end of the season.

    BTW–The scientific term for Green’s “slow” recovery is the non-HGH enhanced methodology.

  3. Veterans generally hold these depth chart jobs at this time of the season. Also, Green will be two years from his knee injury which is when most humans (unlike Adrian Petersen) are back to full strength, so maybe he is showing the ability that made the Packers high on him in the first place.

  4. the starting RB in Green Bay is pretty much irrelevant considering we don’t run the ball but maybe 10-15 times a game. who ever can start making things happen behind our o-line will get the bulk of carries.

  5. A RB in cheesebay is waisting his
    career. he is nothing more than a blocker. Rodgers will pass the ball on every play. I cant wait for the season to start because the schedule this season will shut these cheese fans up

  6. I don’t care who the designated No 1 RB is. Just pick up the 3rd and short first down. Just do that. You’ll be a hero.

  7. Very meaningless, as even first round picks typically are at the bottom of the depth chart until training camp. I’d hope that Lacy shows enough in August to be the starter. Franklin obviously makes the team, and Starks is the odd man out. I’d think Harris has the edge over Green but they might keep four, depending if they keep a FB like Kuhn.

  8. Green is a pass catcher/3rd down back. Anyone who thought he would be a bruiser between the tackles was fooling themselves. Green was drafted when the mentality was fling the ball to everyone. His skills are great receiving hands and good vision in the open field.

    Jonathan Franklin is not only that but incredibly technically proficient in pass coverage with straight line ability at the line. Lacy is a pounder who actually isn’t horrible catching the ball either. DuJuan Harris showed some serious cut ability and enough to run through tackles. Green just doesn’t have bruiser ability.

  9. Green Bay , where insest is smiled apon and warm beer in a can is the drink of the town. Where the average weight of a person is 3 bills and where they have 1 dentist to clean each persons tooth.

  10. The starter in McCarthy’s offense will touch the ball 8-10 times a game, and 6-8 of those will be passes.

  11. Its spring, its OTA’s, its doesn’t matter till they put on the pads. Spring is only meaningful in Minnesota where its the annual “We’re going to win the Super Bowl” mantra begins like the sparrows returning to Capistrano.

  12. Green wont make the final cut,he will be playing in some other teams uniform this season or be out with injury.

  13. Green was not good last year. If you take away his one long run he was a 3.1 ypc guy.

    He had some chances to get more yards and he seemed to have a knack for either tripping over the yard maker, or getting arm tackled by the last man who could stop a big gain.

  14. Ahhh the packers are open to tradeing him after camp, now it makes sense why you plug him in as starter on depth chart. I do that in fantasy football too when I try to add imagined value!

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