When asked to assess this year's Packers running game compared to those of the past 10 years, one NFL executive told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "It's the best it's ever looked. They're good to go. As long as Eddie Lacy's healthy, I think they're as comfortable as they've ever been." Running back coach Sam Gash agreed. "I'm lucky," Gash said. "From top to bottom, the guys we have, I'm happy to be with a group as solid as this. I'm coming in just hoping not to mess it up. I'll make sure the guys are where they're supposed to be and take it from there."
The Packers running back depth chart currently features Eddie Lacy, who ran for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns, James Starks , who averaged 5.5 yards per carry, and DuJuan Harris , who figured to be a bigger part ot the run game last season prior to suffering a season-ending patellar tendon injury in August.
Eddie Lacy is a stud. Everyone knows that. He's a feature back on a top five offense and should be a lock for 1,100 to 1,200 yards and double digit touchdowns. If he can improve on his 35 receptions of a year ago and reach 40 to 45 this season, Lacy could easily be a top five fantasy running back in PPR and standard formats alike. We currently have him ranked as the number 4 running back, just ahead of Minnesota's Adrian Peterson. His current ADP is 10.19, as he's the fifth RB coming off draft boards.
Not only do the Packers have a stud leading the way, Starks and Harris also are ranked in fftoolbox.com's top 75 running backs. Given that fact, it's in line for the Packers brass to be excited about their backfield. We love Lacy. If he suffers an injury, the Pack are in good shape to keep the train rolling.