Green Bay Packers: Predicting the final 53-man roster
Running back (4)
Make-or-break is the theme of Eddie Lacy’s season, the last remaining on his rookie contract. Earning a lucrative new deal in Green Bay requires a return-to-form for the fourth-year back. Lacy returned to training camp refocused, which might prove to be key for the Packers offense.
James Starks forms the backend of Green Bay’s 1-2 punch. Capable of piling up yards as a starter, the longtime Packer is a reliable option to hand the ball to. Keeping Lacy fresh for the home stretch of the season is of high importance, and Starks allows the Packers to do that. He must protect the ball better in 2016, however, after fumbling five times last term.
John Crockett’s niche may be as a change-of-pace back, a role he suits. Crockett’s twitchy style added an injection of energy into the Packers’ Hail Mary game at Detroit, and he can produce in cameo roles.
John Kuhn’s time is up in Green Bay, opening the doors of the Aaron Ripkowski era. Ripkowski has big shoes to fill at the fullback spot.
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