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Rookie Eddie Lacy hasn't put the pads on yet, but he already looks like he will be a big factor as to why the Green Bay ground attack will be much improved in 2013.
The Packers not only selected Lacy out of Alabama in the second round, but then also selected Johnathan Franklin out of UCLA in the fourth round. Both backs had very successful stat-lines in college.
Not only was Lacy very productive at running back for the Crimson Tide in his career, he was also part of back-to-back national championship teams. Lacy was one of the primary reasons why the Tide won it all in 2012.
During the season, Lacy rushed for 1,322 yards and had 17 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 22 passes for 189 yards and two more touchdowns.
But it was in the BIG games that lacy really shined. In the SEC Championship Game versus Georgia, Lacy ran for 181 yards as the Tide advanced to the national championship game.
If that wasn't enough, Lacy ran for 140 yards and a touchdown, plus caught two passes for 17 yards and had another score, in the BCS Title Game versus Notre Dame, as 'Bama throttled the Fighting Irish 42-14.
The man they call "Circle Button" due to the spin move he perfected in college, is also a power-back that can get tough yards in short-yardage situations.
Lacy has not lined up with the starters yet in recent workouts, but I believe it's just a matter of time before he, and his rookie counterpart Franklin, become the focal points in the Green Bay running game.
They both have three-down ability as they both can block and catch well.
But the main thing that both Lacy and Franklin can do is to be effective and productive in the running game.
That skill and ability will not only help the running attack of the Packers, but the passing game as well. Unlike the 2012 season, defenses will have to respect the Green Bay run-game, which will force one of the safeties up in the box.
That will allow Rodgers better opportunities in the deep-passing game, as well as using play-action more effectively. Having backs like Lacy and Franklin will also help on check-downs and screen plays, too.