Eddie Lacy Will Apparently Be Getting Fewer Carries

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Eddie Lacy

Eddie Lacy

The good news is the Green Bay Packers will have James Starks available for the first time in three weeks. The bad news, at least for Eddie Lacy (and maybe your fantasy team), is that apparently means Lacy will be getting fewer carries.

While Starks was out with a knee injury, Lacy ran for 301 yards and cemented himself as the Packers’ No. 1 running back. He averaged 22 carries per game during those three contests.

Now the Packers say they’re going to limit Lacy to 15 to 18 touches to make sure he stays fresh.

“Split the rest (of the touches) up with James (Starks) and Johnathan (Franklin), keep (Lacy) fresh,” said Alex Van Pelt, the Packers’ running backs coach. “Not so much for the game, I don’t think that’s the issue, I think he could carry it 30 times on a day. But I wouldn’t want to do that in consecutive games. We’re talking about November, December, January having him still feel good, be fresh and healthy then.”

The old running back by committee. Woooooo!

Look, it’s great that the Packers have so many talented backs, but we’ve seen how this approach has worked in the past. Nobody gets any sort of rhythm going and all the backs look mediocre.

You’ve finally got a workhorse. Work him!

If he gets injured or isn’t fresh, you’ve got two other guys who’ve rushed for over 100 yards in a game this season. But this is Eddie Lacy. He’s 22-years-old, not 30.

Guys like that don’t fade down the stretch.

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12 Comments on "Eddie Lacy Will Apparently Be Getting Fewer Carries"

  1. the real russ letlow

    if we keep getting 150 yards or more rushing per game, I don’t care how many backs carry the rock.

  2. Phatgzus

    Starks is a very capable runner who has a different running style than both Lacy and Franklin (and Harris), as long as be doesn’t fumble I’m all for splitting tge carries-Lacy is still going to get the majority of the carries, thus isn’t a “committee” reminiscent of days past. Furthermore, just because you have a stud workhorse doesn’t mean you should work him into the ground when you have a stable of others who can share the load and perform adequately; RBs have the shortest shelf life of all NFl players, why exacerbate the fact?

  3. GBslacker

    It was once running-back-by-committee because they all sucked — it was just a matter of who could grunt and strain to get 2.2 ypc, to lead the group.

    Now it’s a different kind of “rbbc” — and I like it !!

  4. TyKo Steamboat

    Smoke & Mirrors…

    Lacy is the certain starter & will get 20+ touches on Sunday Night.

    Starks might get 5 touches…

  5. I’d like to see Franklin get more touches, especially since Cobb is still out. He’s got speed and breakaway potential Lacy and Starks don’t. Get him the ball in space and he’ll put the opposing coach’s heart in his mouth. Screen passes from time to time maybe?

  6. rebelgb

    I think RB’s get hurt MORE when they are in a RBBC offense. Give the guy the rock 25 times a game and he seems to stay healthy. Give it to him 10 times and it seems on one of the 10 plays he gets hurt.

    Your better off to just have a game plan where every so often you use another back as your focus for a week (aka Franklin with a week of heavy screens and dump offs).

    • Phatgzus

      I think you need to stop thinking, if you haven’t already. Obviously, fewer impacts (i.e. Less force and stress) to the body will result in a larger number of injuries, what a ridiculous assertion.

  7. Jamie

    Lacy isn’t used to playing 16 games against NFL competition either. I think limiting his carries is the smart thing to do.

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