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Zero2Cool  
#1 Posted : Monday, December 16, 2013 6:49:36 AM(UTC)
When the Packers used the 61st overall selection on Eddie Lacy, I was not thrilled or even excited that I can remember. I thought he was another project of the Alabama offensive line, much like I feel that both Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson are. Then the Packers used the 125th overall selection on Johnathan Franklin. I was sure Franklin would be the more productive back for the Packers both receiving and rushing.

I was ... not right.

All Eddie Lacy has done during his rookie season is carried the ball 248 times for 1,028 yards (4.1 yards per carry) while rushing for 8 touchdowns. He's not that bad out of the backfield either with 31 receptions for 236 yards receiving.

That's 1,266 total offensive yards and keep in mind he missed the Bengals game and played only one play during the Redskins game. Essentially, he's giving the Packers 100 total yards on offense each game and almost a touchdown per contest.

The only weakness in Lacy's game is his blitz pickup pass protection and that is something he will certainly improve on.

Thank you, Eddie.
steveishere  
#2 Posted : Monday, December 16, 2013 6:51:49 AM(UTC)
He's too fat and has that toe fusion though
Mucky Tundra  
#3 Posted : Monday, December 16, 2013 6:55:57 AM(UTC)
Zero2Cool said: Go to Quoted Post
Eddie Lacy ... bad selection. He had HUGE holes with Alabama. He won't have that in Green Bay. I'd rather have seen a Safety selected. Someone who could contribute to the team.


#-o

[grin1]
Zero2Cool  
#4 Posted : Monday, December 16, 2013 6:57:00 AM(UTC)
Should have disabled the search feature ...
play2win  
#5 Posted : Monday, December 16, 2013 7:00:47 AM(UTC)
Yes, a remarkable player who literally fell in our laps. I was thrilled when Ted picked him, and he could very well be the best RB we have ever drafted. He is 77 yds away from John Brockington's all-time rookie rushing total in Packers history, going over 1000 yds rushing with 2 weeks left to play… Remarkable.
Mucky Tundra  
#6 Posted : Monday, December 16, 2013 7:01:40 AM(UTC)
Zero2Cool said: Go to Quoted Post
Should have disabled the search feature ...


Believe me you should...just about every post from that thread has venom dripping from your words. [laughing]
wpr  
#7 Posted : Monday, December 16, 2013 7:02:37 AM(UTC)
No Zero you were not thrilled by any stretch of the imagination. I was pleased with the selection. Franklin too.

Yesterday's performance is setting Lacy up pretty good for ROY. He has separated himself from the rest of the rookies. Ram's rb Stacy is over 150 yards behind him with less tds and their avg per carry is about the same. The best Wr is SD's Allen but he doesn't stack up wither in total yards or tds.
VinceLambeauStarr  
#8 Posted : Monday, December 16, 2013 7:26:11 AM(UTC)
Another underrated aspect of his game is the ability to raise an atmosphere.

Emmitt Smith would get four/five yards consistently, but it was ugly, falling forward on the strength of that offensive line.

With Lacy, when he pushes and wills himself forward or lays the lumber, it raises everybody's spirit. The runs look painful if there is a recipient of contact. I LOVE watching Lacy run, and hope that we properly manage his workload as he can be the most important player in ensuring our offense can drop points on anybody.

Pack93z  
#9 Posted : Monday, December 16, 2013 7:32:08 AM(UTC)
My biggest knock on Lacy was his running style teamed with longevity/durability at this level.. so far, I am glad to be incorrect.

Guy runs like a bull in a china shop with a large limit on the credit card.
rabidgopher04  
#10 Posted : Monday, December 16, 2013 8:52:57 AM(UTC)
Pack93z said: Go to Quoted Post
My biggest knock on Lacy was his running style teamed with longevity/durability at this level.. so far, I am glad to be incorrect.

Guy runs like a bull in a china shop with a large limit on the credit card.


It's only his first year. We'll get 5-8 years out of him, tops, with his running style. He's a beast, but it's coming at a price to himself both career-wise and for his physical health.

The only real knock on him (that I see) is the lack of speed running down the open field. He can't outrun the secondary on long runs, but that's ok. This guy can break through and make a 1 yard run into a 7 yard gain. It's awesome.

DarkaneRules  
#11 Posted : Monday, December 16, 2013 8:53:30 AM(UTC)
When he gutted last week's game I thought I adored this guy, but him battling through a sprained ankle again this game just took this guy beyond anything I could have possible expected. What a great football player Eddie Lacy is.
musccy  
#12 Posted : Monday, December 16, 2013 8:57:02 AM(UTC)
rabidgopher04 said: Go to Quoted Post


The only real knock on him (that I see) is the lack of speed running down the open field. He can't outrun the secondary on long runs, but that's ok. This guy can break through and make a 1 yard run into a 7 yard gain. It's awesome.



You can see that on the 60 yard run. He has some very good top end speed, but it really only lasts for a few seconds. Beyond 30 yards he can't really break away. For all the other positives he offers, though, I'll take it. Theoretically, Franklin is supposed to be the lightning to Lacy's thunder.
wpr  
#13 Posted : Monday, December 16, 2013 9:05:32 AM(UTC)
musccy said: Go to Quoted Post
You can see that on the 60 yard run. He has some very good top end speed, but it really only lasts for a few seconds. Beyond 30 yards he can't really break away. For all the other positives he offers, though, I'll take it. Theoretically, Franklin is supposed to be the lightning to Lacy's thunder.


with as inconsistent as the OL is I would rather have a back who can hammer forward for 3 -4 yards after getting hit in the backfield than a scatback who, if untouched can run for 50-60 yards.
musccy  
#14 Posted : Monday, December 16, 2013 9:10:29 AM(UTC)
wpr said: Go to Quoted Post
with as inconsistent as the OL is I would rather have a back who can hammer forward for 3 -4 yards after getting hit in the backfield than a scatback who, if untouched can run for 50-60 yards.


Agreed 100%. I'm just saying Lacy's purpose isn't to be that homerun back - theoretically we drafted that guy this year as well.

I can't recall a Packer RB that finishes runs like him since I've been watching in the late '80's. He makes you pay if you're going to try to tackle him, he twists, squirms, and wiggles for every extra inch. Incredible asset to have, hopefully for another 5 or so years.

rabidgopher04  
#15 Posted : Monday, December 16, 2013 9:20:23 AM(UTC)
musccy said: Go to Quoted Post
Agreed 100%. I'm just saying Lacy's purpose isn't to be that homerun back - theoretically we drafted that guy this year as well.



Don't forget that we have Starks who is more proven than Franklin to play that role.

mi_keys  
#16 Posted : Monday, December 16, 2013 9:27:59 AM(UTC)
rabidgopher04 said: Go to Quoted Post
It's only his first year. We'll get 5-8 years out of him, tops, with his running style. He's a beast, but it's coming at a price to himself both career-wise and for his physical health.


It's for this reason that I want to see a few more touches go to Starks or, in the future, Franklin; especially, when they have both been effective at times this year. Lacy looks such a special talent I really want to make sure we maximize his effectiveness and his career.
wpr  
#17 Posted : Monday, December 16, 2013 9:59:18 AM(UTC)
musccy said: Go to Quoted Post
Agreed 100%. I'm just saying Lacy's purpose isn't to be that homerun back - theoretically we drafted that guy this year as well.



I didn't think we had a disagreement. I just augmented your comment saying I would rather have him than some other backs.
play2win  
#18 Posted : Monday, December 16, 2013 10:25:53 AM(UTC)
mi_keys said: Go to Quoted Post
It's for this reason that I want to see a few more touches go to Starks or, in the future, Franklin; especially, when they have both been effective at times this year. Lacy looks such a special talent I really want to make sure we maximize his effectiveness and his career.


I agree. Would love to see Starks get more carries, along with Lacy. That will help us win the important games we have ahead. More run will keep opposing offenses off the field, chew up clock, maintain possession, and increase the effectiveness of our passing game. I huge dose of the 1-2 Lacy-Starks punch in the face. I hope to see it all the way to another Lombardi Trophy, should we be fortunate enough to make it into the playoffs. I'm hoping...
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#19 Posted : Monday, December 16, 2013 11:10:17 AM(UTC)
As one of Ted Thompson's biggest detractors, I will say, good job Ted on this one, BUT, I remind the Ted Thompson lovers this: the Lacy pick was very much out of character with what he usually goes with. Lacy was a proven player - a big time performer in college. Usually - and unfortunately, Thompson seems to prefer "projects" instead of players like Lacy. Drafting more established college players instead of projects is one thing I really wish Thompson would do - assuming I won't get my real wish - a different GM for the Packers.
sschind  
#20 Posted : Monday, December 16, 2013 11:29:22 AM(UTC)
rabidgopher04 said: Go to Quoted Post
It's only his first year. We'll get 5-8 years out of him, tops, with his running style. He's a beast, but it's coming at a price to himself both career-wise and for his physical health.

The only real knock on him (that I see) is the lack of speed running down the open field. He can't outrun the secondary on long runs, but that's ok. This guy can break through and make a 1 yard run into a 7 yard gain. It's awesome.



I was trying to think of all the RBs who would have made that and 80 yard TD run but like you said its making the 7 yard gains from nothing that happen more often than the long runs. I'll take our guy if he can do that.

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