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Eddie Lacy, Johnathan Franklin competing for Packers

  • By Kevin Patra
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The Green Bay Packers filled their biggest offensive need when they selected running back Eddie Lacy in the second round, then doubled down and took Johnathan Franklin in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Much was made of the Franklin pick signifying that the Packers aren't completely sold on Lacy's durability. The two are expected to compete for carries -- and possibly -- the starting job.

At this weekend's rookie minicamp, the duo is mixing friendship with competition.

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"We're roommates in the hotel, we talk. But we're going to have to compete," Lacy said Saturday, via ESPN Milwaukee. "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."

Franklin echoed the former Alabama running back's sentiments.

Franklin said, "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."

The Packers haven't had a 100-yard rusher in 43 games and haven't had a single back break the 800-yard barrier since Ryan Grant went for more than 1,200 yards in 2009. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Sunday that he expects both players to make an impact.

"They're two different types of backs," McCarthy said. "Obviously, Lacy is a bigger back. They're young players who definitely look to contribute."

The young backs understand they were drafted to put an end to those droughts.

"They brought us here for a reason," Franklin said. "We have to contribute. Competition is going to bring out the best in you. We're definitely going to find out what kind of men we are and what kind of athletes we are."

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