The Packers might be losing their once thought of running back of the future.
When the Green Bay Packers used a second-round pick in 2013, they had hoped that they had the running back of their future. Eddie Lacy was looked at as a bruising back that dominated the competition in college while at Alabama, but a foot injury allowed him to fall to the Packers in the second round.
Following his rookie season, Lacy was viewed as one of the better young backs and gave the Packers plenty of hope that they found that every down back moving forward. During his first two years in the league, Lacy had 1100+ yards rushing in each of those seasons, along with 20 total rushing touchdowns.
His third season was when his ability went downhill as he came into camp over weight and never got back on track as he finished with 758 yards and only three touchdowns that season. Last year was more of the same, while also proving that he might be injury prone as well. He missed the final 11 games of the season.
It appears that the league still has hope for the big back out of Alabama as he is drawing interest from multiple teams during free agency. Per Ian Rapoport via twitter, Lacy is set to visit the Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, as well as the Green Bay Packers during free agency.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2017
Packers free-agent RB Eddie Lacy scheduled to visit Vikings and Seahawks.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2017
Coach Mike McCarthy had said that he would like to bring back Lacy and have him form a dual back field with wide receiver turned running back Ty Montgomery. Both running styles would benefit one another, but it appears that the Packers aren’t the only ones that have the same idea.
This is the second time Mike McCarthy has said he wants Eddie Lacy back. Can't imagine that doesn't happen.
— Zach Kruse (@zachkruse2) March 1, 2017
If Lacy is healthy and in football shape, he has proven that he can be a very good back in this league, but the past two seasons he has proven that he might not have that will power to stay in that football shape during the off-season. If he can get that back in check, Lacy has the ability and chance to reach that rookie and second-year form that we remember him playing in.
Should the Packers entertain the thought of bringing back Lacy, or has he worn out his welcome in Green Bay?