According to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, rookie running back Johnathan Franklin has yet to show the Packers the “wow factor” during practice.
Franklin hasn’t shown any “wow” factor yet. He has been adequate, not special, as a pass blocker. He’s tough and quick, but has struggled making headway between the tackles partially due to size.
The assumption is that Franklin, as a fourth-round pick, has the team made. But Lacy figures to get most of the carries, Harris pass-protected almost as well as he rushed in 2012 and Starks has enjoyed an injury-free, competitive camp.
I don’t think the Packers will truly know what they have in Franklin until he gets more reps in games. Many players perform better in game situations than they do when they’re practice.