McCarthy Closely Monitoring Rookie Running Backs
It’s only been a few days and already the rookies are making an impression on Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy. That’s what players are supposed to do and especially guys who are anything but guaranteed a roster spot. That, alone, isn’t earth-shattering news.
But as we have seen before, this team has had success finding some gems in the undrafted free agent pool. One such player is running back Angelo Pease. During the first day of drills, McCarthy was so caught off guard by one of Pease’s runs that he thought he was watching second round draft pick Eddie Lacy. It’s pretty safe to say that Lacy is a lock to stick on this year’s roster. For Pease, who rarely saw the field for a very good Kansas State team last season, that comparison is a good early sign.
Here is what McCarthy had to say after practice:
“That’s a big time cut. Frankly, I thought it was Eddie Lacy, the way he dropped his weight and hit the hole,” McCarthy gushed. “Those are things we’re looking for.”
Now again, it’s only one moment and one practice. There is a long way to go, but if he’s worth a mention in a post-practice recap, we may want to keep an eye on him.
Pease has said that he is used to competing and having to constantly prove himself. He plans to fight hard for a spot on this year’s team and is fully aware of the uphill battle that awaits him. Besides Lacy, there is Johnathan Franklin who is also expected to figure into the team’s immediate plans in the backfield.
And, oh yeah, there are the backs who are currently on the roster in that of Alex Green, James Starks and John Kuhn. Starks will likely face a long and hard road back on the team in 2013 due to constant health issues and inconsistency. Green would figure to stick, given that he was a third round pick back in 2011. But with the level of competition that he can now expect to see, it would seem that nothing is guaranteed for him. Kuhn is another who could become a question mark before all is said and done.
It has been quite some time since the running back position has had so much of the spotlight during the offseason. Is this the beginning of a new era in Green Bay? Stay tuned as the full team gathers soon for their spring practices.——————
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