Green Bay Packers Running Back Eddie Lacy Ready for Competition

By Julian Rogers
Eddie Lacy
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So far, so good for Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy.

After his first training camp practice in shells on Friday, July 26, the rookie was inundated with reporters at his locker, where he pleasantly answered questions from several different angles. Green Bay’s highest offensive draft pick offered an easy smile, a willing laugh and thoughtful answers to the rapid-fire questions.

Packers fans hope his cheerful demeanor will last throughout the season.

When asked about his expectations for the season, Lacy humbly responded that his goal is to “contribute.” “I don’t want to come in with certain goals and a mind-set, thinking I need to do this and I need to do that,” he said. “I just want to make sure that if given an opportunity I can take advantage of it.”

As quarterback Aaron Rodgers noted in his post-practice interview, “The rookies have a tough schedule. They’re up very early. They’re going to have a tough test every single day trying to make this football team.

“Nothing is won on the first day. It’s about competing every day. It’s about staying healthy and finding a plan for these days that allows you to get the proper rest and be ready.”

Lacy admitted to a bit of nervousness at his first NFL training camp. “I felt good. It wasn’t too bad out there,” he noted, “you know, you’re going to be nervous. You don’t want to make a mistake. You want to show the coaches you know everything and that you can play as fast as you can.”

Lacy welcomes the competition for the Packers lead running back role, “everybody wants the starting job. The only way to get it is to go out and compete. Everybody is going to come out and give it their best shot.”

Lacy split reps with fellow rookies Johnathan Franklin and Angelo Pease, and with veterans Alex Green and James StarksDuJuan Harris did not practice.

Julian Rogers is an NFL writer for Follow him on Twitter (@mrturophile), or connect with him on Facebook and Google

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