Aug 17, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) carries the ball as St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins (21) defends during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers to use running backs Eddie Lacy, DuJuan Harris in 'one-two punch'?

Hope among Green Bay Packer faithful (and fantasy players alike) is that the team will give Eddie Lacy free reign to run wild this season, but according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette that isn’t going to the case. At least not completely.

Weston Hodkiewicz believes that while the Packers will give Lacy first crack at being the starter, they’re likely to mix in Harris to create a ‘one-two punch’ attack.

Per Hodkiewicz:

It didn’t matter whether it was DuJuan Harris, Eddie Lacy or Jim Taylor running the ball, the Packers’ backfield couldn’t touch the second level against the Seahawks, who kept their first-team defense in through the first series of the second half.The Packers’ probable one-two backfield punch of DuJuan Harris and Eddie Lacy combined for minue-3 yards on 11 carries before Harris left in the first half with a knee injury sustained on the tail end of an 11-yard screen pass from Graham Harrell.

Lacy has been the far superior back during training camp and has all but sealed up the starting job. Harris on the other hand has been iffy at best, but apparently still will factor in to create the two-headed running back attack.

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  • Alan T. F.

    “…Harris on the other hand has been iffy at best,…”

    After specifically referencing how the Players were doing during Training Camp?

    Harris only had what? Two and a half days of Training Camp and was noted as being one of the top players by the coaches during that brief stint? Just where does “iffy” come into the conversation when defining their performance?

    The fact is, last night, including the pass, Harris net something like 15 yards. Lacy net -5 yards.

    Together, they should be a good combination to mix things up and give GB a bit of depth AND diversity to their running game.

    Over-praising Lacy based on a -5 net gain seems a bit “iffy” to me.

    • JaKa

      Looking only at game time numbers, they both looked “iffy” to bring in the next two, minus 5 yards for a half? This is not good at all. The 2nd game, Eddie was just running up the butts of a wall of blockers and half the defense piled up on the line of scrimmage. What get’s me in Lacy’s part, is why couldn’t he think of making and taking a cut one way or the other? He was going nowhere against a wall of men 3 deep, cluttering up any chance for yards straight on, at a 45 degree cut and more. His only hope would be cutting left/right and run around the piles. It looks like in running the same basic play 5 times straight, the coach can see the line of scrimmage is no where near dominating. It’s also clear on how one key injury can knock the entire line out of service, at least to do the job it has done before that injury occurred. Something must take affect soon, to do the things a pro team needs, in creating the holes, pick up the rush, and just keep the play effective and firing on all cylinders. That’s pre-season, and thanks for it being pre, instead of moans and groans. You can bet that by 3rd week of the season, Lacy will be bouncing off tackles, picking up big yards after the catch, and carrying the offensive load, without receivers doing much at all, in some games, at least for part of many games. He is that good. As long as injuries don’t put him out of play, he’s a danger no team can lose track of, or they will pay the price. Lacy is no Barry Sanders or Emmitt Smith, yet. He does however, have the potential to be his own icon, going deep into the Packers record books, going down as a legend and a key element to the newest West Coast offense to date. Right now, there are no comparisons to Smith or Sanders in the NFL. In all honesty, none come close right now. Lacy might never be that replacement as one of the best in NFL history, but he could be up the ladder far enough to be mentioned, in time, with the right kind of offense he does not have in Green Bay, even with the prospects of changes to game plans, incorporating the run game with 50/50 ratios of run.pass plays by games.

      That’s almost certain not to happen. If MM decides to try it out, he might find limited success, but lose the power a strong pass heavy game ‘effect’ that can run a team down, seeing the Pack score 21 points on offense in 5 or 7 minutes, on all but a couple pass plays. This is the case (has been) when a defense gets in the prevent, dime package or similar, lay way back and stop the deep threat packages some teams stay in. We’ve seen Favre do it time and time again, and now 12 has his turn. between him, (Rodgers) and the 25 million dollar receivers Green Bay can flaunt, a running back will never in a million years produce like Sanders or E. Smith. There is not enough time in a game to do so.

  • Matt R

    I believe the real one-two punch will be Lacy and Finley. Watching the defense get beat by Lacy, and then leaving Finley wide open to play the run. That is where it’s at! I don’t believe our lineman are big enough to manhandle a defense that doesn’t respect the passing game. That’s what we got with Harrel, no respect and that is why you didn’t get any run production. I think both Harris and Lacy will have success with Rodgers passing to Finley, Cobb, Nelson, and Jones. It’s just too much talent to match up against!

  • JaKa

    Looking at game action, neither one, plus other roster assets not mentioned do not appear to be worth their hype. Sure things change when players know it counts for real W’s and L’s, but, the whole offense does not appear worthy of carrying the Packers name tags, using production as a thermostat to their efforts. They simply do not look like any resemblance to the well oiled machine maintained during mid-season play, when drives are common, and scoring is almost mundane in games with .500 records. This is a reoccurring show every year during pre-season activities, almost as if played to script. You can bet next week they will be coming out full throttle, scoring at will, putting up a respectable set of numbers on offense even more than defense, but the whole team will look like “winners” even if out-classed in any one area of play. Opening day, it’s back to mundane, with the dink-n-dump passing game the only progressive aspect of the offense, accented by 5 runs for 5 yards for starters. It goes to show the teams reaction to the most important areas the coaches preach. Let’s hope this year, the coaching staff can get the players in a little better shape for action, than finishing up on the most glaring lack of oiling up, for the smooth timing needed in their passing game, to play as one, with all players just doing their job. In doing it right, the numbers pile up for downs, yards, and points. These three assets spell wins.