Packers running backs coach Sam Gash tells the Green Bay Press-Gazette he has no concerns at all about overusing Lacy. "If he gets 40 (carries a game), I'm ok with that," Gash said. "He has huge upside." Last year Lacy touched the ball an average of 21 times per game, and it sounds as though that number is set to increase this sesason. Gash also dispelled the notion that the Packers will try to preserve Lacy for future seasons. "You're not going to play this game until you're 45 or 50," Gash said. "He'll last as long as he's meant to last."
This is the time of year when coaches talk about getting their backs "20 to 25 touches per game." In this case, it looks like it'll actually happen. At 230 pounds, Lacy is built to take a lot of punishment, and the Packers recognize that fact. Gash also said Lacy has impressed in the passing game, and is a three-down back. The idea of 25 or 30 touches per game for Lacy should have fantasy owners salivating, given how rare it is for a back to get that kind of workload in today's NFL. Last year, with Packers QB Aaron Rodgers out half the season, and opposing defenses stacked against the run, Lacy still managed to post a 4.4 yards per carry average. It's hard to see that number going down significantly as Rodgers returns to open up the offense. If you want Lacy, you'll probably need to take him with your first-round pick. Right now he's going as the tenth player overall in drafts, and might even be a value at that spot.