With Dujuan Harris being placed on IR, it appears as though Eddie Lacy will be the running back who will set the bar in the Green Bay Packers backfield when the season begins in earnest at San Francisco Sept. 8.
For Packers fans, this is much more than a week one matchup. Losing twice to the 49ers last season, the Packers will look to get a little revenge by getting a “W.” In addition to an improved defense designed to attack that huge threat that is Colin Kaepernick and what he can do in the read-option offense, the Packers will look for a solid running game.
With 11 attempts for 53 yards in the divisional playoff game in San Francisco, Harris provided a definite spark to the Green Bay offense. As we all saw, however, it just wasn’t enough to keep up with the points the Niners were putting up.
Though Aaron Rodgers is an MVP-caliber quarterback, Packers fans know they can’t ride his arm alone all the way to the Super Bowl. Fans are looking for Lacy to step up and be that extra spark to the already talented Green Bay offense.
Assuming Lacy steps up in his role in the backfield this season, the more balanced Green Bay offense could keep teams guessing and make it all the way to New York in early February.
It’s a tall order, but one that is certainly obtainable.