Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy signed his rookie contract Wednesday afternoon, which means he is now ready to focus on competing for a starting job. The second-round draft selection will have his hands full, as there are several qualified running back candidates on Green Bay’s roster. With that being said, Lacy is someone the team and fans cannot wait to see in action.
Lacy will be competing with fellow rookie running back Johnathan Franklin, Alex Green, DuJuan Harris, James Starks and undrafted rookie pick-up Angelo Pease. There is no question this will be one of the more exciting competitions in training camp.
As of right now, there is really no way to know who will emerge as the starter when Sept. 8 rolls around. With that being said, one has to assume Harris or Green are the front runners given their accomplishments last season. On the other hand, Green Bay’s rushing attack has been horrendous in recent years, which means the gates are open for anyone who is willing to demonstrate they can handle the job.
Lacy and Franklin posted very similar numbers during their collegiate season in 2012. That alone is reason why fans are more excited to see those two players compete over any of the running backs who were on the team last season.
Lacy rushed for 1,322 yards on 204 carries (6.5 yards per attempt) and 17 touchdowns. Meanwhile, Franklin carried the ball 282 times for 1,734 yards (6.1 yards per attempt) and 13 touchdowns.
First-round draft pick Datone Jones is the only player selected in the 2013 NFL Draft who is still unsigned. Big things are expected of Jones, which means his agent and the Packers must come to an agreement soon so that the rookie can concentrate on team activities without any distractions in the back of his mind.