In a season that has been very strange for the Green Bay Packers, one bright spot that has been extremely consistent has been the play of rookie running back Eddie Lacy.
Lacy was drafted in the second round of this year’s NFL draft by the Packers, and he has lived up to all the hype and expectations he had coming out of the University of Alabama. Known as a very physical, demanding back, Lacy was thought by many scouts to be the next version of Marshawn Lynch. So far this season, he has proved that he can be just as effective as any back in the league.
Through 12 weeks, Lacy has accumulated 806 rushing yards and six touchdowns. In his most recent performance against the Minnesota Vikings, Lacy shined bright once again and lived up to the label as the Packers’ workhorse. He finished with 110 yards on 25 carries and also had a touchdown.
Lacy is only 194 yards shy of the milestone of being a 1,000 yard rusher. He will surely get to the 1,000-yard mark (barring any injuries) and once he does, he will become one of the few Packers rookie running backs to achieve this feat.
I expect Lacy to continue his success this season and if he can stay healthy, he will surely be a guy that the Packers organization can rely on for many years. As he continues to get a feel for the league and learn more of the ins and outs, there is no doubt he can become a top-five running back in the league for years to come.