With the high-powered Packers offense returning…well…everyone, one might think that Lacy can hardly have more than around 500 yards because hey, there are only so many passes to be caught. But I think Lacy will have significantly more yards for than in 2014 for several reasons.
Return of the hurry-up
The Packers made a big deal about wanting to have their average number of plays up before the season last year. Then a couple early losses and in particular, the inability to score on the Seattle defense had the effect of forcing McCarthy and company to slow down and run a more deliberate offense. However, the hurry-up showed flashes last year, especially against the Lions defense in week 17 and who do you think spearheaded the opening drive? Eddie Lacy. With Lacy’s ability to run the ball and catch out of the backfield and with much more influence on play calling coming from Aaron Rodgers, I expect to see the hurry-up offense used much more frequently (and spoken about less). This will freeze defenses and allow more standard protections. And if a team does try to blitz, Aaron is the best in the game at throwing over and outrunning blitzes and Lacy makes a great checkdown.
Return of the offensive line
The offensive line not only returns intact but also will get JC Tretter back which will lend some depth.
So it remains to be seen whether Eddie Lacy can have a better year out of the backfield than he did last year. I for one, think he will. Suffice it to say that all of us in Packernation are glad to have such an all-around wonder back behind Aaron Rodgers and we are all excited to see Lacy truckin’ his way through the 2015 season.