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Once again, there’s a new name in the running for this award. And running is the focal point indeed.
After a somewhat slow start, Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy has been a consistent part of the team’s offense the last three weeks. Not coincidentally, Mike McCarthy’s team has now won three straight games after a 1-2 start.
The second-round pick from Alabama leads all NFL rookies with 352 yards rushing, 301 of that coming the last three games. In those contests, Lacy has totaled 23, 23 and 22 carries, respectively.
That’s not bad following a September in which he ran for only 41 yards on 14 carries in a Week 1 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The next Sunday, his afternoon was cut short by a concussion suffered in a win over the Washington Redskins. Lacy ran just one time for 10 yards, and one week later he sat out the game versus the Cincinnati Bengals.
So over the last three weeks, the power runner has totaled that aforementioned 301 yards on the ground on 68 carries, a solid 4.4 yards per attempt.
So Lacy takes the lead for now. Catch him if you can.
In The Discussion
2. QB Geno Smith, New York Jets
3. WR Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
4. WR Kenbrell Thompkins, New England Patriots
5. RB Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals