Johnathan Franklin | RB
Posted: 6/21/2014 12:52am et
Updating a previous report, the Green Bay Packers officially released RB Johnathan Franklin Friday, June 20.
Huddle Up: Franklin is dealing with a career-threatening neck injury. His departure leaves James Starks as the lone backup to Eddie Lacy; on the bright side, it clarifies the handcuff situation.
Posted: 6/19/2014 7:50pm et
RB Johnathan Franklin's career as a Packer is over due to a lingering neck injury. Head coach Mike McCarthy said his status will be further addressed Friday, June 20.
Huddle Up: Sad news on the 2013 fourth-round pick who only had 19 carries for 107 yards and a TD as a rookie -- with 13-103-1 coming in a Week 3 game vs. Cincy.
Posted: 6/19/2014 1:53am et
Green Bay Packers RB Johnathan Franklin (neck) has missed all offseason activities with a lingering neck injury. The team is reportedly concerned that the injury may be career-threatening. Franklin ended last season on Injured Reserve.
Huddle Up: Franklin was expected to team with Eddie Lacy to give the Packers a one-two punch in the running game, but Lacy took the gig and ran with it last year while Franklin struggled and wound up on IR. Even if his neck injury isn't career-ending, he's fallen far behind Lacy in the battle for backfield touches in Green Bay.
Posted: 3/25/2014 10:18pm et
Green Bay Packers RB Johnathan Franklin is still recovering from a neck injury which landed him on the season-ending Injured Reserve list late in the year. Head coach Mike McCarthy said Franklin did not undergo surgery, and he only knows a limited amount about his rehab because Franklin has not met with doctors lately.
Huddle Up: Franklin, a fourth-round pick last year, only saw carries in 4 games and rushed for 103 of his 107 yards in a Week 3 game at Cincy. With James Starks and DuJuan Harris still on the roster, Franklin faces an uphill battle for touches even when he returns to full health.
Posted: 10/7/2013 10:50am et
Green Bay Packers RB Johnathan Franklin didn't receive another carry in Week 5 after he fumbled in the second quarter Sunday, Oct. 6. He has fumbled twice in his last four carries.
Huddle Up: No quicker path to the bench than via the fumble, and with Eddie Lacy healthy and running well it'll be tough for Franklin to regain his share of the Packers' backfield workload.
Posted: 9/14/2013 12:25pm et
Green Bay Packers running backs Alex Van Pelt said the team expects RB Johnathan Franklin to contribute this season even though he did not get an offensive snap Week 1. 'I think he is ready. I think he will help us this year. He'll definitely contribute on the offensive side of the ball. He's got a unique talent and ability in space. Going into that [San Francisco] game, it was probably good for him to sit and kind of watch the other guys. As the season goes on, he'll probably ask more of him,' Van Pelt said.
Huddle Up: Franklin may have more fantasy value later in the season but right now he's a non-factor. He should only be owned in dynasty formats or really deep re-draft leagues.
Posted: 8/19/2013 9:52am et
Green Bay Packers RB Johnathan Franklin hasn't been impressive thus far in training camp. "He looks like his numbers," a personnel man said. "He's not a real impressive guy. He plays small, and he doesn't play fast. I kind of liked him in college because he was so productive. But if you didn't know he was a draft pick, you'd think he was a free agent."
Huddle Up: Meanwhile, Eddie Lacy looked good in his first preseason action. Franklin's opportunity to carve out playing time in the Packers backfield appears to be slipping away, and if Green Bay's personnel department shares the same opinion as the personnel man quoted above, he may have to hustle just to make the club.