Eddie Lacy: Won’t be expected to lose much weight


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Lacy’s second season in the NFL built well on his rookie success, as he improved his efficiency, saw more targets and stayed on the field for a full 16 games. A prototypical power back at 5-11, 230, Lacy has patience and burst through the hole, but it’s the sheer difficulty in bringing him down that’s his standout skill. He runs with power and a low pad level, but also has surprising agility and athleticism, allowing him to break through arm tackles and dance around (or even over) unprepared defenders. The combination helped him finish second in yards after contact and third in broken tackles. He was just as elusive in the open field, averaging 10.9 yards after the catch (3rd) to finish sixth in receiving yards among running backs. The Packers’ reputation as a pass-heavy offense began to shift in 2014 as the team tried to save some wear and tear on Aaron Rodgers, ranking 22nd in pass-play percentage, down from 11th the year before. With an increased focus on the running game, and no real competition on the depth chart for even the third-down role, Lacy figures to have his most productive season yet in 2015.


A speedy, yet powerful runner at 5-11 and 230, Lacy’s final numbers last season were depressed by a concussion that essentially cost him two games. Project his production from Week 3 on over 16 games, and Lacy would have collected more than 1,600 total yards.
But that’s not even his ceiling. Fully healthy after suffering a minor ankle injury at the end of last season, Lacy should see every-down work, further marginalizing the fantasy value ofbackup James Starks. The Packers are also returning superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who missed seven games last year with a broken collarbone, setting them up to have a productive offense that affords Lacy plenty of snaps and goal-line touches. Hereceived 14 touches inside the five last year a number that should only rise.
While Lacymanaged only a modest boost in PPR formats last year, he showed good hands and has elusiveness in space, meaning he’s sure to see plenty of dump-offs from Rodgers this season. All the ingredients are here for a big breakout.


At 6-0, 220, Lacy is a bull of a runner with the footwork, elusiveness and power to earn the majority of early down work and potentially dominate the goal-line carries for one of the NFL’s elite offenses.

The Packers’ second-round pick, Lacy averaged 6.5 YPC and posted 17 touchdowns running behind Alabama’s mammoth line last year. While he won’t see the same holes at the NFL level, he does have the benefit of Aaron Rodgers’ arm keeping defenses on their heels.

Lingering hamstring and turf toe injuries hurt Lacy’s draft stock, and perhaps those injury concerns are why the Packers drafted another running back, UCLA’s all-time leading rusher Johnathan Franklin two rounds later. With DuJuan Harris on IR, Lacy looks poised to start the season as the Packers’ top back, as long as he can remain healthy.

Eddie Lacy: Won’t be expected to lose much weight

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