“I love football. I can’t wait for practice today,” Franklin told reporters as members of the Packers rookie class introduced themselves to the media on Friday, prior to a scheduled 4 p.m. practice that would be their first in Green Bay.
“They brought us here for a reason. We have to work hard,” Franklin added.
That kind of energy seemed to infect each of the rookies, their individual press conferences resembling motivational speeches. Adjacent to Franklin was his UCLA teammate, Datone Jones, the Packers’ first-round pick and a key player in the team’s effort to rebuild its defensive line.
“This is definitely a dream come true. It starts today at practice,” Jones said. “They took a chance on me. I’m going to do my best so we can bring a championship back here.”
So ends the draft season, complete with its three-cone drills, pro days and combine interviews. In just a few hours, the rookies would graduate to the practice season.
Through three days of practice this weekend, all eyes will be on second-round pick
“I think I bring a little bit of balance to the offense,” he said.
What about the toe injury, he was asked?
“I’ve talked about it for months. It is what it is. I don’t have a problem with it,” he said.
Lacy and Franklin could team to give the Packers a kind of thunder and lightning running game that would stress opposing defenses and open the passing lanes for
“It made people think maybe I’m not an every-down back cause I’ve never had to be. I don’t have a lot of miles on me,” he said.
“All the work you put into getting drafted, you have to put twice as much into getting to the next level,” Tretter said.
The Packers’ final pick of the draft,
“The wise thing to do is be a little knowledgeable of the program you’re coming into. Look at the depth chart. If there’s an opportunity, take advantage of it,” he said.
“Playing in the SEC is a big challenge. That was a big thing in getting me to this point,” he said.
They all know, of course, what’s required to get them beyond this point.
“You’re just like him,” Tretter said of Rodgers. “You’re in an NFL locker room and you have to produce just like he does.”
“I feel like my game is just now beginning,” Jones said.
It is.Related story