Green Bay Packers: Expectations for Eddie Lacy in 2014

Eddie Lacy was the Packers’ second-round draft pick last offseason, and Green Bay hoped that he would fix their running back issues.

Lacy was one of the main reasons that the Green Bay Packers won the NFC North and made the playoffs last season. When superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone, Lacy stepped up in a major way and came through for the team with big performances. His performance last season leads many to ask what type of season he is going to put up in 2014.

Perhaps the most pleasant surprise for the Packers when it comes to Lacy, was his ability to be a receiver out of the backfield. Aaron Rodgers loves to dump passes off to his backs, and Lacy was able to make plays in the open field for him. He caught 35 passes for a total of 257 yards, and was always a threat that helped Rodgers in situations where he needed an outlet.

There were quite a few teams that passed on Lacy in the draft because of injury concerns, and he did have a few issues last year. He had a bad ankle that plagued him down the stretch of the season, but he played in 15 games. The only game that he did miss last season was because of a concussion that he suffered against the Washington Redskins.

In those 15 games that he did play in, he carried the football 284 times for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Packers haven’t had a running back that has put up those kind of numbers since Ryan Grant, and even more consistently since Ahman Green left. Lacy is going to be the back that helps turn around the Green Bay offense, and he’s going to have yet another big season in 2014.

He may not put up too much more production, but it is likely that he will be more efficient with his game. There were some rookie moments last year when he wouldn’t even reach 75 yards in a game, and then there were others when he would be well over 100. If he’s able to figure out the NFL speed, he’ll be looking at consistently bigger numbers and an even more productive 2014 season. Expect to see Lacy be one of the NFL’s best running backs this coming season.

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