Workhorse running backs have fallen out of favor in the NFL recently, but the Packers seemed to be just fine with using Eddie Lacy as one in 2013.
Lacy had 22 or more touches in 11 of the team’s final 14 games, including the playoff loss to the 49ers, last year and that usage doesn’t look like it will be going down in 2014. While James Starks is back and DuJuan Harris is healthy after missing last season, Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements says that the team’s plan is for Lacy to play a bigger role on the offense in his second season.
“We haven’t sat down and figured out ‘X’ number of carries for Eddie,” Clements said, via ESPN.com. “We want to get him touches, trying to get him more involved in all aspects of the game, but Eddie was a workhorse for us last year. And then when James got in there last year, he ran very hard. That was a great one-two punch. Now you factor in DuJuan and the other guys, it’s going to be interesting to see how that plays out.”
A bigger role for Lacy fits right into the Packers’ desire to run their offense more quickly this season. Lacy played about two-thirds of the snaps last season, a number that could go up if he takes on a bigger role as a receiver and pass blocker than he played as a rookie. If it does, Lacy will be on the field for all three downs and the Packers should be able to fulfill their goal of driving up the number of offensive snaps they take per game. If Aaron Rodgers is healthy enough to take all of those snaps at quarterback, Green Bay’s offense is going to be even more of a handful for opposing defenses than it was while scoring 417 points last season.