More expectations for Eddie Lacy

August, 27, 2013
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Last week, ESPN’s Ron Jaworski picked the Packers to go to the Super Bowl in part because of the addition of rookie running back Eddie Lacy.

Now, ESPN’s Jeffri Chadiha is singing Lacy’s praises.

Chadiha believes the second-round draft pick from Alabama is the clear front-runner in the Packers’ backfield competition. Some may say that’s only true because of the on-going injuries to DuJuan Harris, who finished last season as the starter. But Lacy has earned the starting job.

In this commentary, Chadiha wrote:
The Packers got their first glimpse of Lacy's skills against St. Louis in their second preseason game. After sitting out Green Bays' preseason opener with a hamstring injury, he gained 40 yards on eight carries. He displayed quickness, agility, power and elusiveness during his time on the field. In short, he was everything the Packers have been hoping to find in a runner who could ease the pressure on Rodgers.

Lacy was so good it's worth discounting his struggles against Seattle this past weekend. His poor production (eight carries for minus-5 yards) had more to do with his circumstances than with any perceived setback. Lacy was playing with a second-string offensive line that was battling the Seahawks' starting defense. To understand how little running room there was in that contest, Packers backup quarterback Vince Young accounted for 39 of Green Bay's 75 yards rushing.

Rob Demovsky

ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter

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