The Green Bay Packers are going to ask star running back Eddie Lacy to take on more of a three-down role in his second season in the league, because they would like to run a faster offense after equipping elite QB Aaron Rodgers with more weapons by drafting Davante Adams, Jared Abbrederis, Richard Rodgers, and Jeff Janis this year. Chances are that only two, maybe three, of those guys will make a significant impact on the offense in their first year, but it’s clear that the Packers are as deep as ever in the passing game and want to take the speed advantage in order to light up defenses with an elite QB- and potentially an elite RB- at the helm.
Rodgers stated that Eddie Lacy prides himself in his pass-catching ability, so he’s taking his new responsibilities in stride. In fact, Rodgers told Packers official site writer Mike Spofford that Lacy has given himself a nickname that references legendary wide receiver Randy Moss, who, of course, starred for the rival Minnesota Vikings.
He said, “Eddie has a self-appointed nickname of ‘Moss,’ as in Randy Moss. He thinks he’s got incredible hands. His hands actually are very good.”
Spofford confirmed Rodgers’s assessment of Lacy’s hands being “very good”, and this is something that should excite Packers fans and worry defenses. I’m not sure how Lacy’s come along as a pass blocker, but the fact that he’s showing off reliable hands means that he’s going to get more opportunities in space and will be a reliable check down option for Rodgers, meaning that the franchise QB can avoid some tough hits and sacks by getting it off to his young back. More touches for Lacy can’t be a bad thing, especially if he’s going to star in the passing game. He hauled in 35 receptions last season, and I’m thinking he could hit 60 this year if all goes well.