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Franklin Runs with Patience, Explosion

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His killer fumble notwithstanding, fourth-round pick Johnathan Franklin was as-advertised after a lackluster summer. He appears to be a good fit for the Packers' ascending running game with his knack for cutting back and exploding through a hole.

The Green Bay Packers were hoping to get a one-two backfield punch from Eddie Lacy and DuJuan Harris. Instead, they might get that counterpuncher in the form of Johnathan Franklin. It's what everyone expected when the Packers drafted the UCLA dynamo in the fourth round about five months ago. With the Bruins, Franklin was a dynamic open-field threat who played bigger than his size when running... Recommended Stories

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