Alex Green is somewhat of a mystery as we head into training camp. However, he has a definite upside. Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports

The other side of the Green coin


This morning I took a look at one side of the Alex Green story, but have also taken the opportunity to take another look at the other side – the breakout side – as presented by another writer, Shawn Siegele, from over at

He thinks that Green has a bigger upside than many believe.

Siegele says that Green, who is heading into his third season, is essentially a sophomore because of the injury he suffered his rookie year. With that being said, Green wasn’t completely healed last year when he was thrust into the Green Bay Packers starting backfield. He was a shell of himself.

That is true.

In addition, anyone who thinks that rookies Eddie Lacy and Jonathan Franklin are going to come out and take over the league is fooling themselves. They are rookies and rookies generally struggle their first couple of seasons with the transition to the faster, bigger and stronger NFL.

He’s got a point there.

So with Green one year removed from his rehabilitation and with a year of experience, he is poised to take the role of the Packers running back leader. Even though he was the team’s leading rusher last season, Seigele says that he could be one of those sleepers who come back to surprise not only his own coaching staff, but the entire league.

He also may have a point there.

Siegele says that Green is not sitting atop the Packers’ running back depth chart by accident nor by deference. He’s there because he’s got talent and fits the Packers scheme.

Again, he makes a valid point.

So, while the Packers may elect to go with the younger guys (as stated in my first post here this morning), they may also end up sitting behind Green who could emerge as the sleeper of the group – and eventually the most effective.

There is that possibility, but there is also the chance that the Packers dangle him in a possible trade scenario.

Only time will tell.

It’s important to recognize and talk about the upside that Green brings to the Packers’ backfield. Clearly, he will be one of the focal points in the competition for the starting running back position. I’m hoping he does enough to make Siegele’s arguments valid. He’s got too much potential not to take a serious look before a decision on his future is made. Clearly, the Packers will take that closer look and give him every opportunity to make it happen.

Stay tuned …

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