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2018 Steelers Training Camp Player Preview – Jarvion Franklin

July 9, 2018
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2018 Steelers Training Camp Player Preview – Jarvion Franklin

There have been few undrafted free agents in recent memory as accomplished as Western Michigan running back Jarvion Franklin. From his rookie year when he was awarded Freshman All-American, MAC Offensive Player of the Year, and MAC Rookie of year; till the time he ended his collegiate career as the fifth all-time rusher in MAC history, Franklin has always been among the best his position. Earning high praise from former teammate and Steelers draft pick Keion Adams, who compared him to All-pro rookie sensation Kareem Hunt, Franklin comes into training camp looking to translate his collegiate success into a spot on the Steelers running back rotation.

Chances of Making The Roster

Positionally speaking, the battle at the running back position is slated to be the most competitive, and Franklin from a pecking order standpoint has the greatest hill to climb. With All-Pro running back Le’veon Bell as the unquestioned starter and second year player James Conner slated to be his backup, Franklin’s hope of making the rotation is by outshining veteran Stevan Ridley, practice roster player Fitzgerald Toussaint, second-year player James Summers, and potentially fifth round pick Jaylen Samuels. For Franklin to standout, he will need to become a dual threat running back, as Franklin was not adept to catching the ball during his collegiate career. 

The other pathway to a roster spot, as with many of the undrafted free agent coming into camp, is through special teams. Franklin did not play much special teams during his college career, but he will have to be willing to make that type of contribution if he wishes to impress the Steelers brass. Franklin has all makings of a practice squad candidate; however, he is capable enough to contribute in games if ever activated. Franklin is the type of player with big-play abililties which teams value no matter if a player is drafted or undrafted. Even if he were to make practice squad, one should not be surprised if he does not remain there for long.

Kelly Anozie http://www.pittsburgh-blitz.com

Born and raised Ottawa, Ontario Canada, Kelly is a Steelers contributor to The Point of Pittsburgh. Formerly a contributor for SBNation's 'Behind the Steel Curtain'. Kelly can be reached via the Twitter handle @kanozie80

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