Eddie Lacy possesses the skills to become an elite NFL running back, but he always has. Since he was drafted in the second round by the Green Bay Packers he was destined to be great. The Packers were in desperate need of a reliable running back and they drafted Lacy to be the finishing touch to the their roster.
Eddie Lacy exceeded his expectations right from the get-go. He stepped up after Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone, and ran for 1178 yards on 284 carries. Lacy also ran for 11 touchdowns. He helped the Packers make the playoffs despite Rodgers’s absence with a 8-7-1 record. Of course, the Packers exited the playoffs very early after a loss to Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers. Lacy was named the 2013 AP Rookie of the Year and was expected to continue his excellence in 2014.
Eddie Lacy shined in 2014, running for 1139 yards and 9 touchdowns, on 246 carries. He complimented Aaron Rodgers’s passing game and helped the Packers reach the NFC Championship Game. Of course, we all know about Seattle’s comeback, and I won’t go any deeper, as to ensure I don’t pierce any Packer fan’s heart. Lacy continued his development very well, and continued exceeding his expectations.
2015 was a tough year for Eddie Lacy and the Packers. Lacy’s playing weight was extraordinarily high, and it impaired both his break-away speed and his production. Lacy also ran into curfew problems later in the year. Lacy only received 187 carries, and on those carries he ran for 758 yards, a 4.1 YPC average. The Packers struggled with Lacy, and clawed their way to a 10-6 record, just enough for a Wild Card appearance. The Packers defeated the Washington Redskins in the Wild Card round, but lost to Larry Fitzgerald and the Arizona Cardinals. Lacy split carries with running back James Starks.
2016 was a tough year for Eddie Lacy as he missed almost the entire season with an ankle injury. Lacy impressed in the few game he played in, making an impact in the receiving games and averaging 5.1 YPC. The funny thing was, that the Packers seemed to be more successful without Eddie Lacy’s presence, and Aaron Rodgers appeared to be more comfortable running the offense after Lacy’s injury.
Eddie Lacy received a prove-it deal from the Seattle Seahawks today. The contract lasts one year, and it will pay him $5.5 million. Lacy will need to compete with other running backs Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise for carries, but Lacy should be able to stay durable and fresh while splitting carries with Rawls and Prosise. If Lacy can impress Pete Carrol and the Seahawks and keep his weight around to 230s or 204s, don’t be surprised if he runs for 1000 yards and 5-10 touchdowns.