Eddie Lacy was a standout in the Family Night scrimmage tonight. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Eddie Lacy a standout in Packers scrimmage


Throw away those “fat” pictures of Eddie Lacy – he’s simply a big man who, if he stays healthy, is going to give the Green Bay Packers run game something they haven’t had in years: A brute running back who can pick up something out of nothing.

While Lacy had a couple of runs through holes through which I could have picked up yards, he also had some runs where he was stopped after a yard, but moved the pile ahead for four or five more. That’s the kind of running back the Packers haven’t had since – oh, John Brockington.

The Packers annual Family Night brought 63,000 fans to Green Bay for the annual team scrimmage where they saw Lacy shine, where they saw Johnathan Franklin stumble more often than not, B.J. Coleman and where Mason Crosby … missed a field goal, or two, or three, or … In the kicking competition at the end of the scrimmage, Tavecchio converted five of his six kicks, while Crosby hit two of six.

And what about Angelo Pease, the undrafted rookie running back who caught a swing pass and made a cut into the end zone for a touchdown? That was a great highlight.

Aaron Rodgers and head coach Mike McCarthy converse during a training camp practice. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photograph

In betweeen, Jermichael Finley dropped the first pass of the game, Aaron Rodgers moved the first team down the field on the opening possession for a touchdown, and James Starks was solid running the ball on that first drive of the game (though he did drop a swing pass late in the scrimmage). We also saw Jeremy Ross get the upper hand in the return game and Graham Harrell take the clear advantage in the backup quarterback spot.

On the kicking end, which has been a dead heat based on the training camp competition, fans saw Georgio “Sergio” Tavecchio hit a 33-yard field goal and Mason Crosby doink one off the upright from 47 yards and then doink another that was good from 40 yards – that was before the kicking competition at the end of the scrimmage – a competition dominated by the young Italian kicker.

All in all, it was a highly successful night for the Green Bay Packers.

Anyt ime you can bring 63,000 fans of all ages to town and get 90 players on and off the field without any injuries, that’s a good night.

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