Packers sign rookie Eddie Lacy, only top draft pick remains unsigned
Lacy’s presence in the backfield could improve the Packers' running game that has struggled with consistency in recent seasons. The 22-year-old Lacy is expected to compete along with fourth-round pick Johnathan Franklin for a starting job at the running back position. Third-year running backs DuJuan Harris and Alex Green are also in the mix to compete for playing time in the backfield, but neither impressed when given the opportunity to be the Packers' every-down back last season.
Although Lacy initially had to play behind future NFL running backs Mark Ingram (New Orleans Saints) and Tent Richardson (Cleveland Browns) at Alabama, he became an instant star when opportunity arose in 2012. As the Crimson Tide’s lead running back last season, Eddie Lacy rushed for 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns on 204 carries, helping Alabama on the way to an NCAA National Championship. Lacy also caught 22 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns as a junior in 2012.
Over three seasons at Alabama, Lacy started 14 career games. Eddie Lacy finished his collegiate career with 355 carries for 2,402 yards (6.77 average) and 30 touchdowns, while also catching 35 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns.
However, entering the 2013 NFL draft, Lacy’s medical history spooked many prospective teams, who questioned if the player will ever be able to reach great heights in the NFL following a toe surgery in college. But the Packers obviously didn’t believe Lacy’s toe will be an issue, selecting him with the 61st overall pick in the second-round of April’s draft. Now, it will be up to Lacy to silence all critics and address any doubts with a stellar performance in his rookie season.
Lacy is the 10th of the Packers’ 11 draft picks to sign with the team. They signed the other nine of their draft picks before rookie minicamp kicked off on May 10. Only first-round pick Datone Jones remains unsigned, although the Packers should also have him in the fold soon. The new collective bargain agreement includes a slotted pay-scale that constrains the length to which negotiations can stretch out into the offseason.