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Alex Green shows up rookies for Packersí starting RB job, for now

6/17/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

Apart from potential injury scares, offseason workouts can be largely boring considering the main competition starts in training camp. But it held enough significance in Green Bay to catapult third-year veteran Alex Green to the top of the Packers’ running back depth chart after struggling at the position over the past two seasons while being limited by injuries.
 
The Green Bay Packer worked on improving at running backs this offseason, by adding two promising rookies – second-round pick Eddie Lacy and fourth-round pick Johnathan Franklin at the position through the 2013 NFL draft. Both rookies have been regarded as starting-caliber backs, as long as they can make the transition to the Pros. Especially Eddie Lacy, who was considered arguably the top running back in the 2013 NFL draft, before past injuries caused him to drop to the second-round.
 
But Alex Green isn’t prepared to give up his shot at the starting job this season so prematurely. The 24-year-old Alex Green tore an ACL as a rookie and remained unimpressive last season after he rushed for just 464 yards with no touchdowns and a per-carry average of 3.4 yards. However, Alex Green remained the leading rusher in Green Bay despite not having made a 100 percent return from his ACL tear while playing majority of the 2012 season through excruciating pain.
 
“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,” said Alex Green.  “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.”
 
 But now that Alex Green has recovered his full-strength, he’s shown a remarkable Improvement by distinguishing himself as the Green Bay Packers’ No.1 running back at the end of minicamp. He currently headlines the depth chart ahead of Eddie Lacy, Jonathan Franklin, DuJuan Harris and James Starks.
 
Alex Green still has a long way to go to establish himself as the undisputed Week 1 starter from among the Green Bay Packers’ stable of running backs. At this point, it is still being considered a five-way race for reps during training camp, but the Green Bay Packers believe in Alex Green and want provide him with an opportunity to shine this season.
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