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October Rookie of the Month for Eddie Lacy; Just the beginning?

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Despite missing two games during the early going because of the hit he took from Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather, Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy has rebounded nicely. In fact, he was just recently named the offensive Rookie of the Month for October. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Despite missing two games during the early going because of the hit he took from Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather, Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy has rebounded nicely. In fact, he was just recently named the offensive Rookie of the Month for October. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

 

I nearly squealed last April when I saw the Green Bay Packers had drafted Eddie Lacy in the second round of the NFL Draft. I admit I did do a fist-pump and say, “Yes!”

This, of course, drew disapproving glances from the other bar patrons – especially considering I was in Chicago at the time.

Oops.

Well, these past eight weeks, my excitement and the excitement of Packers fans everywhere has proved sentient – and Lacy today was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for October.

Leading up to the draft, I said silent prayers that the Packers would take Lacy in the first round. For some reason, I just  had a feeling about the guy – I had a feeling he was the guy who could take the Packers running game to the next level. He could be that lead dog.

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Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy ran around and through the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday night. Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports photograph

My instinct was spot-on, as the 2013 Packers are far ahead of past years in the Aaron Rodgers era in terms of team rushing. Lacy, with 446 yards rushing so far, is indeed that lead dog.

And now there are whispers around the league – at least from the media – that Lacy may also be the lead dog in consideration for NFL Rookie of the Year honors. Let’s face it, he’s the kind of back an NFL coach relishes – he has great field vision, is patient to the hole, runs with authority, is shifty in short spaces and doesn’t appear to be afraid of anything. Perhaps most importantly, he also has a nose for the end zone.

Just a few months ago, scouts from around the league criticized Lacy for not not being motivated after he turned in a lackluster performance at the NFL Combine.

Some said he was overweight; that followed him into training camp and led to a social media barrage featuring a, shall we say, very unflattering photo. Some said his toe injury from college would prevent him from succeeding at the NFL level.

Yeah, that’s the guy who was just named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month.

I say to my friends all the time, “I love watching that guy play football.”

I’m looking forward to enjoying doing just that for a good long, time.

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