Eddie Lacy dropped a pass and tripped over a tight end. Johnathan Franklin didn't do anything out of the ordinary. Now, Angelo Pease, that's another story. If you had said ahead of time that Pease, an undrafted free agent from Kansas State, would be the running back who would stand out during the Green Bay Packers' rookie orientation this weekend, no one would have believed you. Lacy might be a BCS title game hero and Franklin is UCLA's all-time leading rusher, but the 5-foot-10, 215-pound Pease had the run of the day during the two-hour workout Friday inside the Don Hutson Center. Running up the middle, Pease made a hard cut right into a developing hole and burst up the field for a big gain. "That's a big time cut," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said after practice. "Frankly, I thought it was Eddie Lacy, the way he dropped his weight and hit the hole. Those are things we're looking for." It was just one run during one practice on a day when barely anyone knew what plays they were running, but little things like that stand out, and Pease definitely drew some attention with that run. He didn't carry the ball that much in Kansas State's spread offense, so it's possible he's more capable than some scouts thought. Nevertheless, the spotlight remains on Lacy and Franklin, who some media has speculated will lift the Packers offense to new heights. It's fitting that they are rooming together in the team hotel this weekend because their paths will be interwoven as the season moves forward. "It's great," Franklin said inside the Packers' locker room before practice. "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. "So I'm excited to compete with Eddie and learn from Eddie and get better with him as well." Lacy, the higher of the two draft picks, arrives with a lot of fanfare given his big year at Alabama. But he also faces questions about his durability and conditioning, two issues that might have resulted in him lasting until the 61st pick in the draft. At first sight, the 5-11, 229-pound Lacy looks like a fullback, but the Packers liked him because he's quick and agile and has showed he can be an effective receiver. It almost certainly isn't worth evaluating him until he puts the pads on and has a chance to run through some tackles. McCarthy wasn't concerned as much about the stumble and drop on a swing pass or the tumble to the ground on an off-tackle run as he was getting a live look at Lacy's talents. "He definitely is very smooth," McCarthy said. "You can see the things particularly in the run game that he did at Alabama. He was obviously very well coached there and his comfort in the inside-, outside-zone footwork, I think that was my first impression watching him in the team run and in the running back ball-handling drills. I'm glad he's here." As for Franklin, McCarthy wasn't making any spot evaluations other than to say the UCLA back looked to be the same guy he showed on film.
Free agent back Angelo Pease draws notice at Packers camp
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | May 11