Franklin to coach WR's

Packers coach Mike Sherman rounded his coaching staff by naming James Franklin as wide receivers coach, according to reports. Franklin takes over for Ray Sherman, who departed last month to coach the receivers for the Tennessee Titans.<p>

Franklin, 33, is the seventh new assistant hired by Sherman since the end of the 2004 season. Franklin comes from the University of Maryland where he spent the last five seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator on coach Ralph Friedgen's staff.

"I have very, very strong feelings for Maryland and for the area," Franklin said. "I'd just like an opportunity to become a head coach some day, and this is another step in the right direction. I think it will help me reach my goal. It's a tremendous opportunity."

Franklin, who played quarterback at Division III East Stroudsburg 1991-94, served on the staffs at his alma mater, Kutztown State, Idaho State, Washington State and James Madison.

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