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Green Bay Packers: Staying the course with Eddie Lacy

February 17th, 2017 at 9:24 AM
By Sports Media 101

With speculation running rampant on what shiny new toy the Green Bay Packers should bring in to complement 2016 revelation Ty Montgomery at running back, analysts and fans alike are taking turns in promoting several different directions the front office should follow, including making a play for Adrian Peterson, investing big dollars in Le’Veon Bell or even drafting an exciting new ball carrier in the first round when their best option might be lying right there under their nose.

To say that Eddie Lacy has experienced a turbulent four seasons in Titletown may be a slight understatement given the way he’s alternated moments of on-field brilliance with an assortment of physical setbacks and a well-documented weight problem that have combined to obstruct his ascension to greatness.

Going into the 2016 season, Lacy seemed primed to deliver on the promise he exhibited in his first two campaigns in which he produced consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.

Not only did he show up noticeably smaller than he appeared in 2015, but he stormed out of the gates with a renewed purpose in training camp as he prepared to enter his walk year.

He followed that up with an invigorating preseason performance in which he averaged 5.7 yards per carry and a touchdown in limited action.

From there, Lacy proceeded to string together an encouraging first quarter of games highlighted by 103-yard effort versus Detroit in Week 3.

In each of his outings, the wide-bodied Brahma bull not only ran with quickness and physicality, but went well over the 4.0 yards-per-carry benchmark feature backs are often judged by.

Lacy did well enough in his September to Remember that only four of 16 running backs with 40 or more totes averaged more yards per carry after one month. The 26-year-old …

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Tags: Aaron Ripkowski, Adrian Peterson, Analysis, DeMarco Murray, Eddie Lacy, free agency, Ted Thompson, Ty Montgomery

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