A late addition, Dujuan Harris ended the 2012 season atop the depth chart at running back.. Then the injury bug hit. A team physical in June of 2013 revealed a cyst the size of a grapefruit sitting on Harris’ lung. After recovering from that surgery, it was announced late August that Harris would miss the entire season due to a knee injury.
“I still gotta get in football shape, but definitely I feel a lot better. I'm a firm believer things happen for a reason. God took me out of the game for a little bit. Everything bad happens, there's always going to be some good that follows,” said Harris.
While he was on the shelf, Harris watched Eddie Lacy burst onto the scene, earning NFL Offensive rookie of the year. And James Starks solidified himself in the backup role, averaging 5.5 yards per carry. Even with the release of Jonathan Franklin last week, Harris has his work cut out for him with so much talent in the backfield.
“Our depth at running back is something great I think, other teams really going to have a problem with us and we're just coming out every day just doing what we gotta do. Whenever our numbers called, we just do what we gotta do,” said harris.
It seems Harris has found a way to improve his stock. Last week during minicamp, he showed his skills while returning kickoffs. Something Harris has never done before during his tenure in Green Bay.
“I feel pretty comfortable with it, something I did in college and something I did my first year in the NFL, so this is just another way I can help out the team,” said Harris.
“This is something a little new to him, the return game, so he's been spending a lot of extra time catching balls after practice and so forth. He has that unique ability, his size and strength and explosiveness I think makes him unique as a potential returner,” Mike McCarthy weighed in.
“They trust me back there and they're putting the ball in my hands so just gotta take advantage of the opportunity,” said Harris.
Harris selling cars in Florida before he got picked up by the Pack, so he's been in survival mode since day one in Titletown... and it seems he still has a few tricks up his sleeve.
“I could be home on the coach right now but I'm not so I think God every day. I'm just pretty much doing what I gotta do out here,” said Harris.