A complete workhorse in every sense of the word in 2013, the Packers are looking for Eddie Lacy to elevate his game in 2014. Lacy was the clear favorite to win the
Rookie of the Year honors, especially after his valiant effort to carry the team through Aaron Rodgers‘ elongated absence. Through four starting quarterbacks in the span of 8 games, Lacy was a true constant, a grinder and a team motivator.
With his unconventional rookie season behind him, the Packers are looking to up the ante. With the revelation that McCarthy and Co. are looking to speed up the tempo of the offense, it became clear that Lacy was going to need to become a three-down back. While he played 65 percent of the snaps last year and had more than 230 carries, there was way too much subbing in and out of the backfield for their liking.
With the emergence of James Starks and DuJuan Harris over the past couple of seasons, the Packers have an opportunity to furnish a very reliable running back group for the first time in a long time. Working in tandem with Lacy, a formidable 1-2 punch is in the making, if the Packers can come up with a quicker way of executing sub packages.
The Packers are also looking for a more complete game out of Lacy, to utilize his talents in other, more creative ways. Getting Lacy out in space with the ball is a dangerous thing and the Packers know this. They will try to get him the ball in other ways, especially in the passing game. With only 35 receptions last year, his totals are definitely poised for a spike as Aaron Rodgers returns to the field. Becoming a better blocking back is essential for growth, as well.
All in all, the Packers are setting Lacy up to be one of the most productive backs in the game right now. With Rodgers at the helm and an already potent aerial attack, pounding the ball is just what the doctor ordered. The offense was getting established on that track last year when Rodgers went down and it struggled to keep the pace.
With a healthy Rodgers and a rejuvenated Lacy, it looks like this could be the year that everything finally comes together.