In FDS's return to the sports blogosphere, I'll be introducing a new weekly post that we'll be featuring every Monday entitled, "One Takeaway." Each week we'll outline what we see as the main takeaway from the previous day's Packer game. This week our takeaway is rookie running back Johnathan Franklin.
With Eddie Lacy sidelined with a concussion and John Kuhn out with a hamstring injury, Franklin was the only healthy back outside of injury-proned James Starks. And sure enough, Starks injured his knee late in the first half and Head Coach Mike McCarthy had nowhere to turn except to his rookie fourth round pick out of UCLA.
After not taking an offensive snap through the first two weeks, Franklin shined in the second half. He rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown, showing quickness, elusiveness and a burst that the other backs on the roster simply don't have. Granted, he fumbled on the fourth down play that probably cost the Packers the game, but he still looked every bit the part of a starting NFL running back.
The bottom line is that Franklin proved he deserves more carries in the Packers' offense. The team drafted Lacy in the second round and Franklin in the fourth with the hopes that both could share carries and turn into a solid one-two punch out of the backfield to supplement the team's high-powered passing attack. After Franklin's second half performance yesterday, it's beginning to look like those hopes could come to fruition sooner rather than later.