Packers Franks Looking to Regain Pro Bowl Form in 2007

As the Green Bay Packers wrapped up a recent 3-day mini-camp, there were more storylines that just that of every move made by Brett Favre. One player who took some of the spotlight off of Favre was 8-year Tight End Bubba Franks, who is coming off what was the worst year of his career in 2006. Last season Franks caught just 25 passes for 232 yards and no touchdowns, all career lows. He was trying to play last year at 100 percent after missing the first six games the year before. Needless to say, it didn’t go his way last season. “It was just one of those years,” said Franks on “You go six years of being as good as you can, and hey, it’s just a bump in the road, something that happened. You get it out of your system and you keep moving.”

Franks, a fan favorite in Green Bay, told the media over the weekend that he would be “on a mission” in 2007, and that he would bounce back to the form that made him a big time threat in the Packers offense his first five+ years in the league. “I was just up and down, a little inconsistent here and there, and that’s not me,” Franks said. “But this year, I’m not going to have a problem with that at all.” The vet will have some added competition this year in training camp, as the team has Donald Lee and Tory Humphrey ready to take Franks’ job if he does play up the level the Packers need at that position. Over the weekend all three TE’s took snaps with the No. 1 offense.

All that does not bother Franks, who as a three-time Pro Bowl TE knows that he will have to lift his play to keep his standing on the field this season. From all indications, Franks feels he’s ready to return to the form of seasons past, like the 2002 season in which he caught 54 passes for 442 yards and 7 touchdowns. Packers TE coach Bob McAdoo says it looks like Franks is closing in on his previous form. “He’s been working hard,” McAdoo said. “You can tell by the way he’s moving out there, he’s doing some things well. I’m excited and feel he’s going to have another breakout year.”

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