The Green Bay Packers found a solid running back in Eddie Lacy, who finished his rookie season with a Pro Bowl nod, as a second-team All-Pro and Offensive Rookie of the Year. Not a bad start to an NFL career.
Lacy rushed 284 times as a rookie for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns, solid numbers for any running back and a franchise record for a Packers rookuie. The Packers want to use Lacy more and get him more involved in the offense in 2014.
“We haven’t sat down and figured out ‘X’ number of carries for Eddie,” offensive coordinator Tom Clements said this offseason, via ESPN.com. “We want to get him touches, trying to get him more involved in all aspects of the game, but Eddie was a workhorse for us last year. And then when James got in there last year, he ran very hard. That was a great one-two punch. Now you factor in DuJuan [Harris] and the other guys, it’s going to be interesting to see how that plays out.”
With production like that you can certainly understand their desire to maximize Lacy’s touches and potential. The risk of course is wearing him out, but Lacy certainly seems to have the build of a work horse running bacl.