Per beat writer Bob McGinn, Franklin “can’t get out of neutral” as his 2.56 YPC average in the preseason suggests. “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. … If you didn’t know he was a draft pick, you’d think he was a free agent.” Franklin has been “only adequate” in pass protection, and struggled on kick returns. He may open his rookie year without a role on offense.
Many people thought Franklin was one of the top backs of this year’s draft class. Of course it’s way too early write him off, but he’s certainly off a slow start.