Finally, the Green Bay Packers have a reliable running back. His name is Eddie Lacy and now you can also call him 2013 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. The RB becomes the first Packers player to win the award since Willie Buchanon in 1972.
You really can’t say enough about what Lacy did for the Packers in 2013. For the first time in many years, Aaron Rodgers had a guy he could truly count on behind him on the field. In total, Lacy ran for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns. He averaged 4.1 yards per carry and also hauled in 257 yards worth of passes.
Lacy is a true goal line presence and most importantly, he makes defenses respect Green Bay’s run game. When you have a QB like Rodgers under center, that’s a great thing.
Now it becomes a question of shelf life for Lacy. We all know that he’s a legitimate back. Outside of some ankle problems late in the season, he was nothing but solid. But can he keep it up over the long haul. There have been many players who have won ROTY, but then have fallen off the face of the Earth. Lacy doesn’t seem like he’ll be one of those guys, but you never know.
If everyone comes back healthy in Green Bay next season, the Packers are going to be really good. It’s as simple as that. I look for Lacy to top his rookie season and if he continues to improve, no one is going to want to deal with the Packers offense.