On Now
Coming Up
  • Fri., Aug. 01, 2014 8:20 AM - 10:20 AM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations. All other practices listed are expected to be open unless listed otherwise. All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). All times indicated are Central.
  • Fri., Aug. 01, 2014 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM CDT Live McCarthy press conference Head Coach Mike McCarthy will be available to media in the Lambeau Field Media Auditorium.
  • Sat., Aug. 02, 2014 9:30 AM - 10:00 PM CDT Live McCarthy press conference Head Coach Mike McCarthy will be available to media in the Lambeau Field Media Auditorium.
  • Sat., Aug. 02, 2014 5:30 PM CDT Packers Family Night, presented by Bellin Health

    ‘Family Night’ will serve as the introduction of the 2014 Green Bay Packers, in-person to a capacity crowd in Lambeau Field and on television to a state-wide audience.

    The event, which begins with in-stadium activities at 5:30 p.m., will benefit the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids foster care adoption program, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

  • Sat., Aug. 02, 2014 7:45 PM CDT Live Packers Family Night - Live Chat

    Packers.com Editor Vic Ketchman invites fans to participate in an in-practice, “Family Night” chat, beginning at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2.

  • Mon., Aug. 04, 2014 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations. All other practices listed are expected to be open unless listed otherwise. All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). All times indicated are Central.

News

Print
RSS

DuJuan Harris challenged again; rookie tight end makes big-time catch

Posted Jun 10, 2014

Another safety steps up in competition

GREEN BAY—It was his job, and then came the knee injury that sentenced him to the injured reserve list, from where DuJuan Harris watched Eddie Lacy become the league’s hottest new running back and James Starks rush to contract security.

Now, Harris is back in action, but at least two notches beneath where he was a year ago at this time, and that begs the question, what is his role on this team?

“Whenever my number is called; that’s my role. I’m not looking at it as a battle. It takes a team to get to the Super Bowl,” Harris said on Tuesday, following one more OTA practice that brings the Packers one more day closer to training camp.

The knee injury doesn’t appear to have cost Harris any of his quickness. On Tuesday, he caught a pass in the left flat and darted down the sideline, his short, powerful legs a blur.

“I probably could’ve come back (last season), but it would’ve been risky,” he said.

It would’ve been an unnecessary risk. Lacy shouldered the load and when asked on Tuesday if he’s concerned that Lacy might take too much of a beating, Head Coach Mike McCarthy said, “I’d like to think Eddie puts the beating on.”

When Lacy needed a rest, Starks entered the game. He rushed for 493 yards and a 5.5 yards-per-carry average.

“His productivity last year was the best of his career,” McCarthy said.

So what about that depth chart at running back?

“My depth chart looks nothing like your depth chart,” McCarthy said.

Harris likely fits in a special place on a different type of depth chart. At 5-8, 203, he’s a different type of runner. He’s a change-of-pace, complementary back who’s compact where Starks is long and lean. Harris is a kind of mini-Lacy.

The challenge remains the same. The challenge has always been to succeed against great odds.

“That’s just what I’m used to. Growing up, I was always one of the smallest guys. They said I wouldn’t make the varsity. Did that. They said I wouldn’t play in a Division One program. Did that. They said I’d have to go to the CFL; wouldn’t be a starter in the NFL. Did that. I’m not fazed by this at all,” Harris said.

“I’m my challenge. I have to come in every day and get better. If I fail to do that, that’s my problem.”

Harris wasn’t the only player to catch a pass and race down the sideline on Tuesday. Rookie tight end Richard Rodgers made the catch of the day, one-handing a reception as he was working across the field. He made the catch in stride and flashed down the right sideline.

“Big-time catch today. I think he’s a natural in space. I’m excited to see him in the inline work when we get to camp,” McCarthy said of his third-round draft pick.

Rodgers dropped weight and moved to wide receiver last season at Cal, where he was forced to fit himself into a new spread offense. McCarthy believes the move advanced Rodgers’ career as a pass catcher.

“Anytime you play in displacement formation, it’s definitely a learning opportunity,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy also singled out safety Sean Richardson, who intercepted a pass early in practice. Richardson would seem to have joined the competition at a safety position that might not have been as great a need as it was thought to be.

“Sean’s looked great. He made a nice play out there today. He’ll show up in pads. That’s his world. He’s a big, physical guy,” McCarthy said.

Additional coverage - June 10 OTA

 
blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest News

You May Also Be Interested in...

Recent Videos

  • Combo drill builds Packers' physicality, intensity

    (2:09) Posted 5 hours ago

    Hear from Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Mike Daniels, Head Coach Mike McCarthy, and running back Eddie Lacy as they talk about running through the combo drill at practice.

  • Top 3 at TC: The refs are watching

    (2:20) Posted 5 hours ago

    Packers.com's Mike Spofford and Vic Ketchman discuss their observations from Thursday's practice, which featured another interception by S Sean Richardson, a great catch by young WR Alex Gillett, and a crew of NFL officials monitoring the workout.

  • Nick Perry aims to stay healthy

    (1:41) Posted 5 hours ago

    Hear from Green Bay Packers Linebacker Nick Perry and Head Coach Mike McCarthy as they talk about Perry's return to the practice field.