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Before Eddie Lacy’s arrival in Green Bay in 2013, the team did not have a consistent threat in the backfield.
The Packers experienced a three-year rushing drought prior to drafting Lacy two years ago in the second round with the 61st overall pick. The last time the team had a 1,000-yard rusher was Ryan Grant in 2009 when he rushed for 1,253 yards.
Two years into his NFL career, Lacy has delivered back-to-back 1,000-plus yard rushing seasons, and earned Pro Bowl and second-team All-Pro honors.
The former Alabama star has now emerged as Green Bay’s go-to back. He has 20 touchdowns in his first two years in the league and averaged 4.6 yards per carry in 2014. His rushing numbers helped the Packers rank 11th in the league in rushing yards per game last season with 119.9.
Lacy’s success but has him rising to become one of the top running backs in the National Football League, and join the category that includes the likes of Adrian Peterson, DeMarco Murray, Marshawn Lynch and LeSean McCoy.
Coming out of college, Lacy was known for his powerful, aggressive running style. At 5-foot-11 and 230 pounds, he continues to display his physical running style at the NFL level, consistently plowing through defenders and gaining yards after contact. He may not possess elite speed but his 40-yard dash time of 4.64 that he recorded at his Pro Day in 2013 is impressive for a guy his size.
Lacy’s presence provides the offense with 1-2 punch and balance in the passing and running game, something Green Bay lacked for years. Now opposing defenses have to account for not only Aaron Rodgers’ arm but also Lacy’s explosive abilities in the ground game.
Daniel Leon | profootballspot.com | April 18, 2015