The 2013 NFC offensive rookie of the year and second-team All-Pro recipient, Eddie Lacy has seen his production diminish throughout the 2015 season; a lack of production that has ultimately costed Lacy his role only two year’s after his emergence.
This season, Lacy has seen his carries radically decrease, carrying the ball nearly 10 times per game, compared to an average of 19 carries a game just a season ago. With less carries, Lacy has seen reduced production; averaging just over three yards per carry resulting in a total of 308 yards and two touchdowns.
“I honestly don’t know what it is,” Lacy said, according to Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Definitely, I’m off to a different start. I’m not playing how I was the previous two years. Later on in the season, maybe it’ll pick back up.”
“This season [Starks] has definitely been the better player between the both of us. That’s just the move,” Lacy said.
Due to Lacy’s start of the season, former backup running back; now converted starter, James Starks looks to carry the load of the Green Bay Packer’s rushing attack.
Starks, entering his sixth season in the NFL, all with the Packers, was recently named the starting running back of the Packers by head coach Mike McCarthy on Wednesday.
“[Starks] is our No. 1 back right now going into Detroit,” McCarthy said. “He’s played very well; he’s earned that opportunity.”
Earlier this season, Starks was given the opportunity to start following Lacy’s ankle injury sustained in week 6 against the San Diego Chargers. Starks took advantage of the opportunity, rushing for 112 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown; Starks’ second best rushing performance of his six-year career.
Although the Packers’ backfield seems to be trending in two separate directions, McCarthy was also quick to note his plan moving forward.
“I’m not a big believer in just riding one running back the whole season. We’ll stay with the one-two punch,” McCarthy said in regards to his running back combination of Starks and Lacy.
Moving forward, it is evident McCarthy and the Packers plan to go with Starks as their No. 1 running back as the Packers host the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Detroit boasts the No. 28 rushing defense in the league in regards to total yardage. Going up against a lackluster defense like the Lions, provides Starks and the Packers an opportunity to get back on track through an unfamiliar Packer’s rushing attack.
The Green Bay Packers host the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on Sunday, Nov. 14. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. CDT, and will air on FOX.
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