After a slow start to his rookie season due to a concussion, Packers running back Eddie Lacy averaged 23 touches and 104 yards per game from Week 5 on. The 24-year-old is currently a first-round fantasy back because owners are expecting that he will only improve in his second season. Lacy said last week that he certainly feels like he has improved greatly from where he was at the beginning last year and is much more comfortable now in Green Bay's offense
"In the beginning, I definitely second-guessed myself a lot," Lacy said via Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I wanted to be as close to perfect as possible. ... I was overly cautious. As the season went on, things slowed down for me. It got a little bit simpler. I was able to play to my natural ability."
Another Packer who is looking to run well in 2014 is quarterback Aaron Rodgers .
Yes, you read that correctly. Rodgers is aware that the team's brass would like for him to play it safe with his body and stay in the pocket more often, especially after he missed half of last season due to a broken collarbone. But Rodgers isn't just going to stop scrambling. Rodgers told Dunne that he will "always" want to use his legs to make plays because "it adds an extra dimension to my game."
That injury-shortened season saw Rodgers gain only 120 yards on the ground when he is usually topping 250-350 yards with a handful of scores to go with it. Using that ability definitely raises Rodgers' injury risk, but that ability also helps put him in the upper echelon of fantasy QBs. Rodgers has been durable outside of last season. He is FFToolbox's No. 3 quarterback for good reason.
Expect the Packers' offense to be more balanced this season now that they have a real running game, something they've been lacking since the early days of Ryan Grant. Lacy is a bull, incredibly tough to bring down on first contact, but he also has surprisingly soft hands. He caught 35 passes last year, so he's a first-round pick in basically any type of league setting.