Last year Eddie Lacy had 284 carries and 35 receptions for a total of 319 total touches as a rookie. The first thing the Packers need to figure out during training camp is how many touches they want Lacy to get in 2014.
Most would think that the Packers would want to run Lacy as hard as they can for as long as they can. However, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette says that coaching staff wants to lessen Lacy's load this year.
This certainly makes sense since the Packers have talented backup running backs in James Starks and DuJuan Harris. Plus, lessening Lacy's touches this year would mean he'd potentially be able to carry the ball longer in Green Bay.
There are also reports out there from Rob Demovsky of ESPN that the Packers want Lacy to touch the ball more. Offensive coordinator Tom Clements had this to say, per Demovsky:
We haven't sat down and figured out 'X' number of carries for Eddie, offensive coordinator Tom Clements said. We want to get him touches, trying to get him more involved in all aspects of the game, but Eddie was a workhorse for us last year.
So, do the Packers want to take away carries or get him more involved in all aspects of the game? Figuring this situation out needs to be the first thing checked off on the training camp to-do list.