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Meet the Packers 2013 Rookies—Eddie Lacy, RB

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Meet the Packers 2013 Rookies—Eddie Lacy, RB

Welcome to the second in my rookie video series.

Eddie Lacy pretty much fell into the Packers' lap. The Steelers and Broncos both went other directions, but the Packers—who normally don't go after backfield pieces early—didn't hesitate. Of course, they also hedged their bets a bit with Johnathan Franklin (we'll get to him later this week).

I like Lacy a bunch, because while he isn't a once in a lifetime player like fellow NFC North runner Adrian Peterson, he's a very strong, very tough and super-effective player.

He just needs to stay healthy enough to prove it.

Check out my thoughts on one of the newest Packers—Alabama's Eddie Lacy.

Roll Tide. (PS - Youtube is dropping frames like nuts so I am revisiting an old video website I used to use called Viddler. Let me know how it works for you guys.)

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Aaron Rogders's picture

Just want to say I like that you used viddler. I live in China and youtube is blocked here, but I am able to watch the video you posted here no problem. Thank you!

andrewgarda's picture

No problem and I'm glad you said that - it's good to know.

Stroh's picture

Write it down... Lacy WILL be the Packers undisputed #1 RB this season. My guess is he rushes for 1200 yds and has a strong case for Offensive Rookie of the Year! His skills and physicality are tailor-made for the Packers needs at RB and his ability as a receiver and blocker will keep him on the field a substantial amount. All the talk of how great Harris is or Franklin might be won't match what Lacy brings to the table. Franklin and Harris will get limited touches/roles in the packer offense this season.

His "injury concerns/durability" are over rated given that the toe wasn't an issue last year and he didn't miss any starts at Bama! Any minor ailments, didn't keep him off the field. He showed the toughness needed to play thru them and still excel. Lacy will be the best Packer RB since Ahman Green who shared the same physicality as Lacy does.

Lacy for Offensive Rookie of the Year!!

cow42's picture

i like Lacy but i'd be surprised if he ran for more than 550 this year. 1200 is bit silly.

andrewgarda's picture

It's hard to say because the injuries are the type that raise a red flag for me - it's not like he had a broken bone once, a dislocated shoulder, then something else freaky. Often, repeated injuries like ankle strain, back issues and hamstring issues are training and conditioning issues as much as anything. That he showed up to his workout a little out of shape adds to that concern.

However if you're going to land somewhere and have someone ride you to tow the line, Green Bay is the place. I think he'll be fine.

Stroh's picture

Its not like he showed up out of shape cuz he was lazy! It was due to rehabbing injuries. He had only gotten clearance to start training again a couple weeks b4 his Pro Day. He hasn't gained weight or anything that shows a true lack of conditioning. And he showed up for OTA's and minicamp in shape and had no problems.

Again, he never missed any starts at Bama. So any minor ailments never caused him to miss game time and his teammates said he never missed a practice either!

Drealyn Williams's picture

550 yds is silly -- especially if he wins the starting job and stays healthy. The line shifting around indicates that the Pack will be looking to run the ball much more. There were games a RB could have went over the 100 yd mark but just didn't get the carries. Harris vs Vikings: 14 - 70 yds. Green vs Vikings: 12 -58 yds. Green vs Lions: 13 -69 yds. Starks vs Cardinals: 17 -61 yds and Green 11 -53.

Drealyn Williams's picture

I forgot Green vs Colts: 10 -63 yds.

perrin's picture

With the fact that McCarthy averaged over 25 running plays in the second half of the season while Rodgers was getting sacked like a 2-buck whore, I tend to think Lacy will get about 250 carries & the oppurtunity to rush for @ least 1000. I understand your apprehension though; if I remember correctly, no player has rushed for a hundred yards in a game since like Brandon Jackson, its terrible

andrewgarda's picture

Well the presence of Franklin (hope to get to him in a few days) could cut into Lacy's workload. Then again, Franklin still struggles a bit in Pass protection where Lacy is a beast—so we know Lacy can see the field on every down from day one.

perrin's picture

I think McCarthy has finally found his bell cow he's for been searching for in reaches such as Starks, Benson, and Grant. The last time he had a running back he could trust, (undrafted Ryan Grant) he was the undisputed #1 back and he wasn't really anything special; just a tough, marginally fast, in-line runner. I dig what you're saying about Franklin but the pass-protection questions, McCarthy's continuing search for a kick returner to replace Cobb, and his history of desperately trying to give someone the #1 job @ RB, I think Lacy emerges as a 1st round talent should. Great job on the video profiles btw!

chazman's picture

Viddler works just fine.

Eddie Lacy or the threat of Eddie Lacy will hopefully get defenses to drop out of their cover 2. Throw Franklin into the mix and Harris . . . We could be seeing one heck of an offense that is finally balanced and in being balanced, absolutely lethal.
Of course it will have to be lethal if our defense hasn't improved but still . . . very exciting.

andrewgarda's picture

totally agree

Doug In Sandpoint's picture

Love the way Lacy always seems to be falling forward. He adds a dimension that will make life misearable for defenses.

I see the Pack winning a lot of games this year...probbaly by scores of 65-58.

MarkinMadison's picture

My belief is that Lacy is the most reliable Packer running back in blitz protection who is not named Kuhn. He will see the field more than Harris or Franklin combined because of this skill. He may not get to 1000 yards rushing, but I bet he gets 1000 all-purpose yards this year.

Mr.Bigg's picture

My biggest impression is it looks like it hurts to tackle this guy. That is a good thing.

Fish . Crane's picture

unless you are an oversized 49er defender

Spiderpack's picture

+1 Mr. Bigg.

hayward4president's picture

Tripple...headed ...monster:)

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