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Josh Sitton: Eddie Lacy can’t be a rookie anymore

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Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy was going to play a role in the Packers offense even before DuJuan Harris was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, likely as a bruising compliment to Harris in a one-two punch for the Green Bay offense.

The Packers are going to have to come up with a slightly different plan now that Harris is out for the season. Guard Josh Sitton thinks that the plan will call for more of Lacy and that Lacy will have to respond by playing beyond his status as a first-year player.

“He’s going to have to step up and probably have a larger role,” Sitton said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. “He’s going to have to grow. He can’t be a rookie anymore.”

Lacy will be looking at a bigger role, but the Packers can’t put so much on his plate that it winds up limiting his effectiveness. Demovsky writes that fellow rookie Johnathan Franklin “doesn’t look ready to contribute,” which means that veterans Alex Green and James Starks could be looking at expanded roles as well. That’s a big switch from last week when it seemed they were fighting for one roster spot and it is one they’ll need to capitalize on to build the best Packers offense possible.

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20 Responses to “Josh Sitton: Eddie Lacy can’t be a rookie anymore”
  1. ingraven says: Aug 28, 2013 9:56 AM

    Eddie LAcy=Fumblitis

  2. gpack22 says: Aug 28, 2013 10:13 AM

    Franklin doesn’t look like he has NFL talent, period. Hope he just needs to the light to turn on but so far I really think he would be cut if wasn’t for being a 4th rounder and the sorry state of the Pack’s ground game.

  3. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 28, 2013 10:16 AM

    I think Lacy will be a good player but it will be hard to tell running behind that offensive line. Does anyone doubt that he had a better offensive line last year?

  4. abusementland says: Aug 28, 2013 10:16 AM

    Again, if these 4 RBs can get a combined 1000 yards, that is all this offense will need in order to be successful

  5. purpleguy says: Aug 28, 2013 10:17 AM

    Lacy Schmacy — who really cares? All that really (and painfully) matters is that the Pack’s got Aaron Rodgers.

  6. chi01town says: Aug 28, 2013 10:26 AM

    yea right Lacy. the 49ers are waiting for FAT BOY and the packers. Rodgers will be hurt before
    the packers bye week. I belive he is hurt now. That 49ers defense will tell me if Im right. The O-line is week and Rodgers, Fat boy and anybody else in that back field is in trouble.

  7. skittlesareyum says: Aug 28, 2013 10:31 AM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    Aug 28, 2013 10:16 AM
    I think Lacy will be a good player but it will be hard to tell running behind that offensive line. Does anyone doubt that he had a better offensive line last year?

    ———————–

    As a Packers fan, it hurts to have to agree with you. Unless the o-line is better he won’t have a great shot. Seeing the running back hit 0.001 seconds after the handoff was a far too common sight last year.

  8. longcutskolvikes says: Aug 28, 2013 10:43 AM

    I think the Packers offense is going to be just fine this year, and ever year to follow with Rodgers as QB. More important than how many yards Lacy is going put up is how well he picks up the blitz.

  9. jazsrt says: Aug 28, 2013 10:47 AM

    As the Packers have been fairly successful throughout the past few years with out a strong running game, I do not think this will drastically affect their game plan or production.

    I would say that while running the ball is important, protecting Aaron Rogers is far more of a focus. A strong blocking back will be tremendously important with the line issues they have.

    Football teams play to their strengths, running the ball is not one for Green Bay-but passing sure is.

    As long as they can identify receivers that can produce consistently, they will be competitive.

  10. nyneal says: Aug 28, 2013 11:02 AM

    To Chi01town…..

    I take it you’re a Bears fan. You know how I know? Because you can’t spell. “Week” refers to 7 days in a month. “Weak” refers to how strong something or someone is.
    If you’re going to post stupid posts, at least learn how to spell.

  11. nyneal says: Aug 28, 2013 11:15 AM

    The Packers “O” line and running game are a concern. So are the number of injuries the Packers have. But that’s no different than any other team in the NFL. And the Packers have been better than just about any other team in dealing with injuries.
    But what will really tell the Packers story in 2013 is playing road games at the 49′ers, at the Bengals, at the Ravens, at the Giants, and at the Cowboys. They will have to win all of their divisional games and a few of those road games to make the playoffs. That is a tall order for any team.
    But they’ll give it their best shot and we’ll see how it goes. Injuries are the great equalizer in the NFL, and anything can and usually does happen.

  12. jazsrt says: Aug 28, 2013 11:18 AM

    nyneal says:
    Aug 28, 2013 11:02 AM
    To Chi01town…..

    I take it you’re a Bears fan. You know how I know? Because you can’t spell. “Week” refers to 7 days in a month. “Weak” refers to how strong something or someone is.
    If you’re going to post stupid posts, at least learn how to spell.

    __________________________________

    I’m a Bears fan and I approve of this post.

  13. ososrule says: Aug 28, 2013 11:27 AM

    The more I see of Lacy, the more I’m impressed. If I was a Packers fan, I wouldn’t be to concerned as long as he continues to progress and stays healthy, obviously…

  14. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 28, 2013 11:59 AM

    abusementland says:Aug 28, 2013 10:16 AM

    Again, if these 4 RBs can get a combined 1000 yards, that is all this offense will need in order to be successful
    ______

    Arizona was last in the league last year with 1,204 yards. I don’t think shooting for 1,000 is a recipe for success.

  15. abusementland says: Aug 28, 2013 12:22 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    Aug 28, 2013 11:59 AM
    abusementland says:Aug 28, 2013 10:16 AM

    Again, if these 4 RBs can get a combined 1000 yards, that is all this offense will need in order to be successful
    ______

    Arizona was last in the league last year with 1,204 yards. I don’t think shooting for 1,000 is a recipe for success.

    There is a difference between Arizona and Green Bay and that has EVERYTHING to do with a passing attack. Arizona did not have a top 5 passing attack like Green Bay did.

  16. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 28, 2013 2:24 PM

    My point is that your passing game isn’t going to improve if your running game gets so much worse.

  17. freakish213 says: Aug 28, 2013 2:53 PM

    All of the speculation is pointless. The first team offense has hardly played in the preseason and when it did there was seldom a time that it was a complete first team unit rather than the first team and a few guys subbing in due to short term injuries. There was most likely some gamesmanship from the coaching staff as well. You never show your cards in the preseason.

    The offensive line is in better shape than we imagine. It would likely be better with Bulaga at left tackle, but if Bakhtiari wasn’t an improvement at left tackle over Newhouse we would see Newhouse on the left side again. Barclay and Van Roten are capable subs at multiple positions, and Barclay may very well end up overtaking Newhouse before too long at the right tackle spot.

    The packers are $13 million under the cap, and flush with WR talent as well as secondary talent so there are moves that could and would be made if the organization didn’t think it had a capable O-line.

  18. abusementland says: Aug 28, 2013 4:07 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    Aug 28, 2013 2:24 PM
    My point is that your passing game isn’t going to improve if your running game gets so much worse.

    ———————

    OK, so how did it get worse than last year? At the begining of the season, they had Ced Benson, Starks and Green for their RBs, they picked up Harris after the first couple of weeks. They turned around and drafted Lacy and Franklin.

    Losing Harris will not help their roster, but how did it get worse? Are you going off the preseason smokescreen that Coaches put up? DuJuan Harris is dynamic, but I am not sure we were on our way to pencilling him in for 1000 yards hers.

    To prove my point about the smokescreen, last preseason the Redskins were claiming Helu was their man, and Alfred Morris started Week 1.

    The Vikings said AP may not be ready to go Week 1, and we all know what happened last year.

    Be careful what you choose to believe in the preseason, it may be just to keep things competitive in camp and try to improve stock of players that they may want to trade.

  19. deltaoracle says: Aug 28, 2013 4:30 PM

    Josh, let’s say that Lacy has to “Mature” rather then “grow,” okay? Thank you.

  20. bsreimer says: Aug 28, 2013 5:03 PM

    It was inevitable that Lacy would get the bulk of the carries. Man’s a beast. 3-4 ypc is all I ask just to keep Defenses honest, and then Rodgers may put together one of the best seasons ever

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