Despite reports that rookie Eddie Lacy looked out of shape early in training camp, the Alabama product is now expected to be the team’s starting running back when the season opens.
On SportsCenter Wednesday afternoon, ESPN’s Rob Demovsky said that Lacy has been impressive in camp and is “going to be their starting running back.” Lacy missed practice on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury but it is not expected to be a long-term problem.
The 23-year-old Lacy was expected to be a first-round pick in the months leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft. But he fell to the Packers at the 61st pick in the second round. Concerns about his weight and knees led some running back-needy teams to pass on him.
That said, so far in camp, Lacy has looked like the dominant force he was at Alabama. During the Packers’ intra-squad scrimmage on Saturday he rushed for 65 yards on eight carries, including 33 yards after contact. He drew praise from Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson, who rarely comments publicly on players.
At Alabama in 2012 (his junior year), Lacy rushed for 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns on 204 carries (6.5 yards per carry). He also caught 22 passes for 189 yards and two more scores.
Lacy is listed at 5-11 and 230 pounds, and is remarkably quick for a guy his size. He’s versatile, fast and can move a pile if needed. In short, he’s the exact kind of running back the Packers have been missing for years.
It seems he’s the perfect fit for Green Bay right now and it was only a matter of time before he took the starting job. It appears that has already happened.