It was a year ago when Green Bay Packers running back DuJuan Harris went from being the front-runner as the team’s starting running back to the operating table and sitting out a season with a blown out knee.
But that was a year ago.
Last night, in front of more than 70,000 fans at Lambeau Field, Harris was a renewed man. He showed once again why the Packers were so high on him last year and how important of a member of this 2014 team he will be.
Not only did he lead the team in carries (12) and yards (56 for a 4.7-yard per-carry average), but he also did it with his usual burst and shiftiness. His speed and determination didn’t seem lost by an injury to his knee. He ran with confidence and power with his injury as an after thought.
On top of it all, he also showed that he will be the Packers’ number one kickoff returner.
That’s a lot to ask of a guy who has been sitting out for a year.
The Packers can only be ecstatic with what they have been seeing on tape from this guy. He will no doubt be an added dimension to the Packers run game that already includes the incomparable Eddie Lacy and solid backup and Super Bowl Champion James Starks.
After last night’s game, here is what Harris said:
“It’s something special. I kind of knew from the jump when we first started last year, even though I wasn’t playing last year, I already knew it was something special. The main thing is our relationship off the field. We all get along, we’re all close friends and everything, so I think that carries over to the field.”
Friendships aside, this is a player who, if he stays healthy for 16 games, is going to be an immense help this season for the Green Bay Packers.