1) Introduction: A rags to riches story, DuJuan Harris was selling cars in Jacksonville, Fl and apparently out of NFL opportunities when the Packers came calling in 2012. Harris at times flashed enough to tease coaches and fans alike that they had a genuine NFL diamond-in-the-rough on their hands. He went on to beat out Michael Hill and become the Packers third down back. The 2013 season was to have been the breakout year when injuries shut down his season early. He came back healthy to compete in 2014.
DuJuan LaTroy Harris
- Age: 26
- Born: 09/03/1988, in Brooksville, FL
- Height: 5’8″
- Weight: 203
- College: Troy
- Rookie Year: 2012
- NFL Experience: 3 years
3) Expectations coming into the season: Head Coach Mike McCarthy was obviously distraught when Harris went down with a season-ending injury derailing his 2013 season. Fast forward to 2014 when a healthy Harris was poised to compete for playing time as an illusive change-of-pace back and kick returner for the Green Bay Packers.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Harris had few highlights this season after playing only 51 total snaps, mostly on special teams as the primary kick returner. His 8 carries for 52 yards rushing in week 10 vs. Chicago was by far his most notable contribution. His lowest point came during the final playoff run when he was inactive for the critical season finale vs. the Lions and both playoff games.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Harris was unable to make a meaningful contribution from scrimmage and was relegated to kick returns. He never seemed to catch his stride while frustrating fans and coaches alike who viewed his running style as more dancing east-to-west rather than becoming the true north – south runner that the Packers needed. His season kickoff average was a modest 20.7 yards with a long of only 41 yards and zero touchdowns.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Harris was a healthy inactive for both playoff games replaced by WR Randall Cobb.
7) Intangibles: Harris is unsigned for the upcoming season and is the Packers only Exclusive Rights Free Agent. Given his lack of playing time in the offense and late season benching it would be a major surprise for the Packers to bring him back this next season.
Season Report Card (Player Grades):
(D) Level of expectations met during the season
(D) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(F) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: D-
Jeff Albrecht grew up just north of Green Bay and was lucky enough to attend some of the Lombardi Era classic games, like the 1962 championship and the Ice Bowl. Jeff went on to play HS football in the Green Bay area and College ball at UW - Stevens Point. Jeff is retired but still does some writing for his local paper. Jeff is a writer with AllGreenBayPackers.com and you can follow him on twitter at @pointerjeff .