Packers Have a Surprise Contributor in DuJuan Harris & Other NFC North News

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistJanuary 9, 2013

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 05:  Running back DuJuan Harris #26 of the Green Bay Packers runs the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 5, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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There are more than a few eerie (or for Packers fans, heartening) similarities between this season and the 2010 Super Bowl run for the Green Bay Packers.

These similarities include lots of injuries, big years by the receivers and Aaron Rodgers, and a running back coming out of nowhere.

Second-year running back DuJuan Harris has been impressive this season since taking over a major role in the offense—well, major for the Packers, who never run the ball all that much over the course of a game.

Tyler Dunne of the Journal-Sentinel takes a look at the undrafted second-year player who was cut by two teams before coming to the Packers.

It's an article well worth any Cheesehead's time because Harris looks like he's here to stay.

While shorter than the prototypical back, Harris carries a thick frame (Dunne's piece has him at about 200 pounds), and he runs angry, having no qualms about delivering a hit to end a run.

He can catch the ball, has shown improving vision and can fight for the hard yards.

Now, Harris is still raw and he needs work. It's unlikely that he'll ever be considered a top running back in the league.

But that's not something the Packers need. They just need a reliable option who can run, catch the ball and block.

Harris has been doing well in all those areas.

Down the road, it could make a bigger impact than we'd ever have guessed in the playoffs.

Now, on to the rest of the NFC North.


Chicago Bear

Dave Haugh of the Tribune thinks interviewing Mike Singletary for the team's open head coaching position is a bad idea.

ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson says defensive end Corey Wooton's play has earned him a big raise for 2013.


Detroit Lions's Justin Rogers has some more grades up, this time for the special teams. Hide your kids, hide your wives, they ain't pretty.

Dave Birkett of the Free Press says that 2012 fourth-round pick Ronnell Lewis could see a huge uptick in work next season.


Green Bay Packers

There's more to San Francisco quarterback Collin Kaepernick—whom the Pack will face in a playoff matchup on Saturday—than athleticism, according to Tyler Dunne of the Journal-Sentinel.

Pete Dougherty of the Press-Gazette says that the first loss to the Niners this season changed the way the Packers offense did business.


Minnesota Vikings

1500 ESPN's Tom Pelissero reports that despite last week's playoff loss, Leslie Frazier has no regrets about the Vikings' gameplan.

Chris Gates of The Daily Norseman discusses the difference between playing hurt and playing injured.


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