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23 Johnathan Franklin RB
Height/Weight: 5-10/205 | Birthdate: 10/23/1989 | Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA, USA | Team: Green Bay | College: UCLA | NFL Experience: 2 | Salary: /images/football/nfl/players/170x170/1631945.png

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DuJuan Harris back at OTAs, Johnathan Franklin out


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/30/2014) Packers running backs DuJuan Harris and Johnathan Franklin were going in different directions on Thursday. Harris was practicing again according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel while Franklin was sidelined. 

Four Packers ruled out Week 13


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/27/2013) Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, RB Johnathan Franklin LB Jamari Lattimore and DE C.J. Wilson are out Week 13 against the Lions.

Rodgers was able to return to practice Tuesday for individual drills, but isn't ready to return. Franklin is still dealing with a concussion.


Small efforts help Packers earn Sunday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2013) A spate of injuries allowed several Packers skill position players to step up Sunday against Cleveland. Among them was wideout Myles White, who caught a pass for nine yards.

John Kuhn added one carry for four yards and an 8-yard reception. Johnathan Franklin had two attempts on the ground for six yards.


Johnathan Franklin, John Kuhn don't do much Week 6


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2013) Packers running back Johnathan Franklin and fullback John Kuhn didn't contribute much offensively during a 19-17 win Week 6 at Baltimore. Franklin had one rush for minus-3 yards and one catch for 7 yards, while Kuhn had one rush for 2 yards and two catches for 9 yards.

Kuhn also lost a fumble Sunday. The Packers are back in action Week 7 vs. Cleveland.


Two injured Packers RBs practice, one sits Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2013) The Packers returned to practice Monday following their Week 4 bye. Injured running backs Eddie Lacy (concussion) and Johnathan Franklin (foot) practiced, while James Starks (knee) sat out.

The Packers elevated running back Michael Hill to the active roster Monday, which could spell bad news for Starks heading into Week 5 vs. Detroit.


Packers need a kick returner


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(9/23/2013) The Packers can use their off week to find a new kick returner after they released Jeremy Ross on Monday. Would they consider re-installing Randall Cobb as the primary returner?

"We haven't discussed that," special teams coach Shawn Slocum told ESPN.com. “Our game plan will dictate that.” 

Rookie running back Johnathan Franklin is another possibility. “We’ll put someone out there that can function and do the job the right way,” Slocum said.


Packers have game plan for 'every single' RB


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2013) Packers running back James Starks broke out for 132 rushing yards Sunday against the Redskins following Eddie Lacy leaving the game with a concussion. However, coach Mike McCarthy said Monday Starks was going to be part of the game plan all along.

"Plan was to have Eddie and James play to a certain pattern of thiings we were trying to do," he said, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "We'll contiue that. Had things for Johnathan Franklin, too. Just didn't get to them. We have to make sure we have things up for every single back."

If Lacy doesn't play Week 3 at Cincinnati, McCarthy said Monday the team doesn't intend to bring in another running back.

"We're putting together a game plan based on who we have," McCarthy said.


Packers running backs have pecking order?


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/15/2013) The running backs used in order for Wednesday's "Team run" period for the Packers were DuJuan Harris, Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin, reports FOX Sports.

James Starks was missing from practice with an illness. It was his first missed practice of training camp.


Report: Eddie Lacy to get 'most of the carries'


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(8/14/2013) With Packers rookie running back Johnathan Franklin not showing any "wow" factor yet, fellow rookie runner Eddie Lacy "figures to get most of the carries," reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Franklin is "tough and quick, but has struggled making headway between the tackles partially due to size," the report said.

The paper said Lacy is a lock to make the team, and that Franklin and DuJuan Harris are good bets. James Starks, Alex Green and John Kuhn are fighting for two roster spots, according to the report.


Packers' backup running backs flop in preseason action


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2013) None of the Packers running backs did much to distinguish themselves in Friday's preseason opener against the Cardinals, but James Starks did see the bulk of the carries over Alex Greenand rookie Johnathan Franklin.

Franklin was the second running back to join the offense, as he replaced Starks at the end of the first quarter and rushing for 14 yards on six carries, with two catches for 12 yards. Green entered the game third, but was slightly more productive than Franklin, rushing for 16 yards on seven carries. 


Aaron Rodgers breaks down rookie runners' strengths


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(8/7/2013) Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Johnathan Franklin is a bit ahead of Eddie Lacy in the passing game, but that Lacy has the power running style coach Mike McCarthy wants.

"It's exciting to see both of those guys doing what they were brought in to do,'' Rodgers said, via SI.com. "I think Johnathan from the mental side has a slight edge right now, just because he understands [passing game] progressions well and he's done a little bit more of that at UCLA. But Eddie obviously has the physical stature and downhill running style that [coach] Mike [McCarthy] has always appreciated in this running game.

"I'm going to temper my feelings here until we see them in a game and see them with live bullets, but they're doing the right things and it's exciting."


Packers have competition at running back


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/26/2013) The Packers will have a good competition at running back during training camp, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Five running backs -- DuJuan Harris, Eddie Lacy, Johnathan Franklin, Alex Green and James Starks -- will battle for playing time.

The report says each will carry the ball a lot during camp, assuming all are healthy. Harris (chest) will open camp on the PUP list, but the report says once he's recovered from a cyst on his lung he could move to the top of the depth chart based on how last season finished.

But no matter who starts, we could see the Packers run the ball more than ever under coach Mike McCarthy.

"Running the football is a collective effort," McCarthy said. "There has to be commitment from the play-caller. It's something we need to do a better job of and I'm confident that we will."