Packers DuJuan Harris: 2012 Player Evaluation and Report Card

1) Introduction:  At the end of training camp, DuJuan Harris was cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Harris was picked up by the Pittsburgh Steelers but lasted only four days on the team. Out of opportunities in the NFL, Harris found a job selling cars at Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Arlington in Jacksonville, Fla. A few months later, he’d be starting for the Green Bay Packers.

2) Profile:

James Darell Starks

  • Age: 24
  • Born: 09/03/1988, in Brooksville, FL
  • Height: 5’9″
  • Weight: 208
  • College: Troy
  • Rookie Year: 2012
  • NFL Experience: 1 year

 Career stats and more:

3) Expectations coming into the season:  Considering he was a car salesman to start the 2012 season, not much was expected from Harris this year. Even when he was signed by the running back-needy Packers, Harris was afterthought, still trailing Alex Green and James Starks on the depth chart.

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights:  In his first game with the Packers, Harris found the endzone against the Detroit Lions. Including the playoffs, Harris scored four touchdowns in six appearances. It’s hard to consider any part of his 2012 as a “low-light” considering he gave the Packers’ running game a much-needed boost.

5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success:  It became evident fairly early that Harris was the team’s most effective running back. In the regular season, Harris racked up 157 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries. Although he certainly wasn’t the focal point of the Packers’ offense, Harris provided the team with some balance offensively.

6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs:  Harris started both of the Packers’ postseason games. Against the Vikings, Harris racked up 100 total yards and a touchdown on 22 touches. Against the 49ers, Harris was successful against a tough San Francisco run defense, racking up 53 yards and a touchdown on just 11 carries before the team abandoned the ground game.

Season Report Card:

(A+) Level of expectations met during the season

(C+) Contributions to team’s overall success.

(A) Contributions to team during the playoffs

Overall Grade: A-


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Marques is a Journalism student, serving as the Sports Editor of UW-Green Bay\'s campus newspaper The Fourth Estate and a Packers writer at Jersey Al\'s AllGBP.com. Follow Marques on Twitter @MJEversoll.