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Lacy And Franklin Having A Good Time In Packers First Minicamp

Eddie Lacy

Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin are already friends, roommates, teammates and competitors, Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin reports. Whether the two rookie running backs will be the saviors of the Packers’ long-dormant running game remains to be seen.

With the team taking Alabama’s Lacy in the second round of last month’s NFL Draft, then trading up to take UCLA’s Franklin in the fourth round, both players understand their connection. And when they arrived in Green Bay for the team’s post-draft rookie orientation camp on Thursday, they learned they’d be bunking in together at a hotel near the airport, where the rookies are being housed until training camp kicks off in July or they find more permanent living arrangements.

“We’re roommates in the hotel, we talk. But we’re going to have to compete,” Lacy said. “It’s just like when you’re in college – you get there, you meet the other running backs, you’re all friends but you have to compete. It’s no different here.”

Added Franklin: “On the field, we’re competing definitely. But off the field we’re definitely buddies. But we’re here to help each other grow and push each other to get better.”

And the Packers clearly need to get better in the run game. Whether that improvement comes from Lacy, Franklin or the host of holdovers – DuJuan Harris, Alex Green and James Starks all held the job of lead back at times last season – doesn’t really matter. After watching his offense face a steady diet of Cover-2 defenses geared to slow down star quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the potent passing game, coach Mike McCarthy wants a more balanced attack.

“We’ve made some scheme adjustments. We have already started that process,” McCarthy said. “Lacy, frankly will fit into some of these changes we’ve made. We’ll see how it goes through the offseason and training camp. I’m excited about it.”

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