Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Is Eddie Lacy Really Primed For A Renaissance In 2016?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There were high expectations entering 2015, but the Packers Eddie Lacy proved to be among fantasy footballs biggest disappointments. Instead of being a workhorse he shared the backfield, taking 187 carries for 758 yards and 3 TD. Twelve months later we are all justified in being skeptical, but over the first two preseason games there are signs that the old Lacy is back:

  • Game 1 – 4 carries for 24 yards
  • Game 2 – 9 carries for 45 yards and 1 TD

That’s 13 carries for 69 yards, good for 5.3 yards per carry. Obviously it’s only preseason and the level of competition has to be taken into account, but considering all the talk hovering over him it’s also something we simply can’t ignore.

The numbers aren’t the only reason for optimism. After the first preseason game Lacy himself was quoted by the team’s website as saying (click here for the full article):

“It’s how fast you make the cut, how fast you get north and south out of the cut, and how fast you’re able to put your pad level down,” Lacy said, describing how he evaluates his runs. “And once you and the defender make contact, who goes back or if it stalemates.”

It was only one series and four carries, but the lost weight and improved conditioning appear to be helping. How he felt on the field carried over to how he looked on film as he studied his snaps.

After the second game head coach Mike McCarthy was quoted in the Milwaukee Jounal-Sentinel as saying (click here for the article):

“I thought our offensive line, the run blocking unit did a good job of creating an apex and giving Eddie clean looks,” McCarthy said. “And I thought Eddie ran very well and did a very good job finishing runs. That was a very good start to the game and that’s what we were looking for.”

All reports have him in significantly better shape than a year ago and there is no denying the results and impression he’s leaving on the field. Is there risk, with the presence of James Starks? Absolutely, but it’s a gamble well worth taking.

Source – NFL.com

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