The Green Bay Packers are one week into training camp and thus far, running back Eddie Lacy is lighting up the field. The 2013 second round pick has been breaking runs deep into the secondary according to quarterback Matt Flynn via a report from the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.
“You know, I don’t think he even cares if it’s a zone or a gap scheme,” QB Matt Flynn said this week. “He’s going to find the hole. He’s one of those guys that hates being on the ground.”
Lacy rushed for over 1,100 yards in his rookie campaign last season and the Packers are expecting him to get better as he enters his sophomore year. Early indications seem to support that growth. In addition to have a successful first week, Lacy worked this off-season to better acclimate to other areas of the Packers offensive system.
Last season Lacy caught 35 of 44 passes for 257 yards. He would like to improve on those numbers which would make him a realistic three down back. If Lacy gets more work in with the passing game, improving his routes and blocking, his fantasy value could also go through the roof.
Lacy is projected as a mid to late 2nd or early to mid third round fantasy pick-up but that could change moving him into the upper half of the 2nd round should he continue to excel through camp and into the pre-season games. He will most assuredly be the teams featured back this season. There are six running backs on the Packers training camp roster and returning veteran James Starks will be Lacy’s biggest touch poacher.