COMMENTARY | The Green Bay Packers drafted running back Eddy Lacy out of Alabama with their second round pick last year in the NFL Draft, and ended up finding a diamond. Green Bay has had issues running the football ever since Ahman Green left town, but those issues appear to be fixed with Eddie Lacy being the solution. Lacy may not be the fastest back in the NFL, but he is more than capable of running over defenders and making big plays.
Eddie Lacy played in 15 games this past season with the Green Bay Packers, rushing for 1,178 yards on 284 carries. Perhaps the most impressive stat from the season for Lacy was the 11 touchdowns that he was able to score on the ground. Lacy's 4.1 yards per carry was also impressive, and he was able to shoulder the load and help carry the Packers to a playoff appearance despite superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers missing seven games with a broken collarbone.
Adrian Peterson was originally selected to play for the NFC in the Pro Bowl, but due to injury he will be unable to participate. Eddie Lacy was next in line for a selection, and he will cap off an excellent rookie season with a Pro Bowl appearance. The Packers and their fans are extremely excited about the future that Lacy has in Green Bay, and everything seems to point up for his future.
Perhaps the most underrated aspect of Lacy's game is his ability to make plays as a receiver out of the backfield. He caught 35 passes for a total of 257 yards on the year. Those numbers may not look all that impressive, but the Packers checked down to him quite often in clutch situations where they needed yardage. There were many analysts who doubted that Lacy would be capable of staying healthy and playing consistently good football, but he showed on the field this past season that those analysts were wrong.
Aaron Rodgers was very slow in coming around to the rookie running back, but by the end of the season he couldn't stop speaking good things about Lacy. At the age of 23, Lacy has a very long career left in the NFL, and the Green Bay Packers are ecstatic that they have him on their roster. The future for the Packers' offense is without a doubt brighter than ever, and the team is hoping to prove themselves next year with another playoff run.
Evan Massey lives in Indianapolis and has followed the Green Bay Packers for the past 16 years. He has written for many sports websites including ProSportsExtra.com, Hoops-Nation.com, ProFootballSpot.com, and NaptownsFinest.com. Follow Evan on Twitter at @massey_evan.
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