Vote for Eddie Lacy for Rookie of the Year

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 13, 2014 – 3:45 pm

RB Eddie Lacy

RB Eddie Lacy

Packers RB Eddie Lacy is among five finalists for NFL Rookie of the Year for 2013, and fans can cast their votes from now until Tuesday, Jan. 28, to determine the winner.

Joining Lacy as a finalist are Chargers WR Keenan Allen, Bills LB Kiko Alonso, Bengals RB Giovani Bernard and Vikings WR Cordarelle Patterson.

Votes can be cast by clicking here. The winner will be announced at the third annual “NFL Honors” awards show in New York City, a two-hour prime-time special on Feb. 1 on FOX the night before Super Bowl XLVIII.

Here’s information on each of the five finalists, supplied by the NFL in a press release:

  • Keenan Allen (San Diego Chargers)

Allen started 14 games for San Diego and helped the Chargers to a 9-7 record and a Wild Card berth in the AFC playoffs. He set the team record for the most receiving yards by a rookie in a season (1,046), surpassing John Jefferson’s mark (1,001) set in 1978. As the Chargers’ leading receiver, he became the first rookie in the NFL since A.J. Green in 2011 to eclipse 1,000 yards. Allen had 71 receptions and tied Eddie Royal for the team lead with eight touchdown catches. Allen had five receptions for 89 yards in the Chargers’ 27-24 Week 17 victory over Kansas City as San Diego earned a playoff spot for the first time since 2009. The California product was nominated for Rookie of the Week four times, winning the award all four times.

  • Kiko Alonso (Buffalo Bills)

Alonso, a second-round draft pick (46th overall) out of Oregon, played every defensive snap for the team this season. He ranked third in the NFL with 159 tackles, finished first in fan voting at the linebacker position for the Pro Bowl. Alonso’s career-high 22 tackles against Cincinnati in Week 6 were the second-most tackles by a player in a single game this season. He was nominated for Rookie of the Week two times, winning the award once.

  • Giovani Bernard (Cincinnati Bengals)

Bernard, drafted in the second round (37th overall) out of North Carolina, finished the season with 170 carries for 695 yards and five touchdowns. He was instrumental in helping lead Cincinnati (11-5) to an AFC North division title and a perfect 8-0 record at home. Bernard had 148 scrimmage yards (99 rushing and 49 receiving) in the Bengals’ 42-28 victory against Indianapolis in Week 14. He also recorded 100 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in the Bengals’ 27-24 overtime victory against the Buffalo in Week 6. Bernard was nominated for  Rookie of the Week two times, winning the award once.

  • Eddie Lacy (Green Bay Packers)

Lacy, a University of Alabama product who was selected as the 61st overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, helped lead the Green Bay Packers (8-7-1) to their third straight division title and fifth consecutive postseason appearance. Lacy finished the season with 284 carries for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns setting franchise rookie records in all three categories. He rushed for a career-high 150 yards on 22 carries in a Week 9 matchup against division rival Chicago. Lacy rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns against Pittsburgh in Week 16. He also helped the Packers clinch the division title in Week 17 by rushing for 66 yards and a touchdown in a winner-take-all game against Chicago. Lacy, who led all NFL rookies in rushing yards and touchdowns, was nominated for Rookie of the Week seven times, winning the award once.

  • Cordarrelle Patterson (Minnesota Vikings)

Patterson, selected in the first round (29th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft, set a Vikings record for most kickoff return yards in a season with 1,393 and was selected to participate in the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl as a return specialist. He finished his rookie campaign with 45 receptions for 469 yards and four touchdowns, adding 158 rushing yards and three touchdowns. He tallied five receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown, and added 111 kick-return yards for the Vikings against Baltimore in Week 14. Patterson had 228 kickoff return yards, including a 109-yard kick-return touchdown, against Green Bay in Week 8. He returned three kickoffs for 149 yards, including a 105-yard return touchdown, against Chicago in Week 2. Patterson is the only player in NFL history with four receiving touchdowns, three rushing touchdowns and two kickoff-return touchdowns in the same season. He also became the first player in NFL history with a 100-yard kickoff-return touchdown (109 and 105), 75-yard receiving touchdown (79) and 50-yard rushing touchdown (50) in a season. The former Tennessee Volunteer was nominated for Rookie of the Week four times.


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Eddie Lacy 1st alternate for Pro Bowl; Packers have 7 other alternates

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 27, 2013 – 8:00 pm

RB Eddie Lacy

RB Eddie Lacy

The Packers did not have any players selected for the 2014 Pro Bowl on Friday, as the complete roster of players was announced by the league.

RB Eddie Lacy was named a first alternate. Entering Sunday’s regular-season finale at Chicago, Lacy has 263 carries for 1,112 rushing yards and 10 TDs, all franchise rookie records. Lacy’s yardage total ranks seventh in the league and his rushing TD total is tied for third.

Seven other Packers players were also named alternates. They are FB John Kuhn, QB Aaron Rodgers, G Josh Sitton, LB Clay Matthews, WR Jordy Nelson, and CBs Sam Shields and Tramon Williams.


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Eddie Lacy voted Ground Player of the Week

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 20, 2013 – 3:09 pm

Thanks to the online support from fans, Packers RB Eddie Lacy was voted the NFL’s Ground Player of the Week for Week 15.

Lacy rushed 21 times for 141 yards and a TD at Dallas, scoring the game-winning touchdown in the final two minutes and surpassing 1,000 rushing yards on the season, just the second Packers rookie running back ever to do so.

 


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Eddie Lacy named NFC Offensive Player of the Week

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 18, 2013 – 10:28 am

Packers RB Eddie Lacy has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his 21-carry, 141-yard performance in Dallas last Sunday.

Lacy also rushed for the winning touchdown, capping the Packers’ comeback from a 26-3 halftime deficit for a 37-36 victory. He added four receptions for 30 yards.

Lacy’s 1,028 rushing yards on the season make him just the second rookie running back in team history to go over 1,000 yards. John Brockington was the first in 1971, with 1,105 yards. Lacy needs 78 yards to break Brockington’s team rookie mark.

This is Lacy’s first career player of the week award. Other Packers named Player of the Week this season were QB Aaron Rodgers (Offense, Week 2) and K Mason Crosby (Special Teams, Week 5).

Other info from the NFL press release:

  • Lacy’s 141 rushing yards were the most by any player in Week 15. He also had the league’s longest run of the week (60 yards) and tied for the NFL lead with five runs of 10+ yards and eight first-down runs.
  • Since October 1, Lacy leads the NFL with 977 rushing yards.
  • Lacy is the fourth Green Bay running back to be named Offensive Player of the Week joining Ahman Green (six times), Dorsey Levens (Week 17, 1999) and Samkon Gado (Week 10, 2005).

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Vote for Flynn, Lacy for weekly awards

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 17, 2013 – 10:39 am

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Your votes are needed for QB Matt Flynn and RB Eddie Lacy to win two of the league’s weekly awards.

Flynn is up for the Never Say Never Moment of the Week for his four-TD performance in the second half at Dallas. Flynn led the Packers offense to five TDs on five possessions in the second half as Green Bay rallied from a 26-3 halftime deficit for a 37-36 victory.

The other nominees are Arizona CB Antoine Cason for his two INTs against the Titans and Baltimore K Justin Tucker for his 61-yard game-winning FG vs. the Lions, his sixth field goal in an 18-16 victory.

To vote for Flynn, click here.

Lacy is up for the Ground Player of the Week following his 21-carry, 141-yard performance in Dallas. Lacy had 110 of those rushing yards in the second half, and he scored the game-winning TD on a 1-yard dive over the pile with 1:31 left.

Other nominees for the award are San Diego RB Ryan Mathews and St. Louis RB Zac Stacy.

To vote for Lacy, click here.


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Five players earn game balls vs. Cowboys

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 16, 2013 – 5:09 pm

The Packers coaching staff awarded game balls to five players for their performances against the Cowboys on Sunday.

On offense, QB Matt Flynn and RB Eddie Lacy were the recipients. Flynn completed 26 of 39 passes for 299 yards with four TDs and one INT for a 113.1 passer rating. He led the offense to five consecutive touchdown drives in the second half.

Lacy rushed 21 times for 141 yards and a TD and added 30 yards on four receptions. He went over 1,000 rushing yards for the season, and at 1,028 he’s closing in on John Brockington’s franchise rookie record of 1,105 yards set in 1971. The rushing TD was also Lacy’s eighth of the season, already a team rookie record.

On defense, CBs Sam Shields and Tramon Williams were awarded game balls. The duo combined for 14 tackles, and they each had an interception of Dallas QB Tony Romo in the last three minutes of the game.

Shields’ pick, his third of the season, gave the Packers the ball at midfield, down 36-31 with 2:46 left, and set up the go-ahead TD drive. Williams’ interception, also his third of the season, came with 1:22 left and ended any comeback hopes for the Cowboys after they had fallen behind, 37-36.

K Mason Crosby was the game-ball recipient on special teams. Crosby kicked five touchbacks on seven kickoffs and was good on a 57-yard FG, his fifth FG of 50-plus yards this season.


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Lacy, Daniels and Masthay are Sunday’s captains

Posted by packers.com on November 24, 2013 – 8:00 am

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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be RB Eddie Lacy (offense), DE Mike Daniels (defense) and P Tim Masthay (special teams).


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Eddie Lacy voted Rookie of the Week

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 8, 2013 – 1:20 pm

Packers RB Eddie Lacy was voted the league’s Rookie of the Week for Week 9. Lacy rushed for 150 yards and a TD on 22 carries against the Bears on Monday Night Football.

Lacy has been nominated for the weekly award, which is chosen by fans in an online vote, a number of times already this season.


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Eddie Lacy nominated for Rookie of the Week, again

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 5, 2013 – 11:39 am

Packers RB Eddie Lacy has been nominated for the league’s Rookie of the Week for the fourth consecutive week.

Lacy rushed for 150 yards on 22 carries, with one TD, in the Packers’ 27-20 loss to the Bears on Monday night. Lacy is coming off being named the NFC’s Offensive Rookie of the Month for October.

Other candidates for this week’s rookie honor include Redskins CB David Amerson, Patriots WR Aaron Dobson, Eagles TE Zach Ertz and Rams RB Zac Stacy.

You can cast your vote for Lacy right here.

 


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Eddie Lacy, Mason Crosby earn NFC monthly awards

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 31, 2013 – 9:24 am

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Packers RB Eddie Lacy has been named the NFC Offensive Rookie of the Month for October, while K Mason Crosby has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Month.

In four games in October — all Green Bay wins — Lacy had 97 carries for 395 yards and two TDs. He averaged 4.1 yards per carry. He also added 11 receptions out of the backfield for 47 yards, giving him 442 yards from scrimmage in four games. That’s an average of 110.5 yards from scrimmage per game.

Crosby made 13 of 15 field goal attempts in the month and all 11 of his extra points for a total of 50 points. He tied a franchise record with five field goals against Detroit in Week 5 and then added four more field goals the following week at Baltimore.

Five of Crosby’s field goals in the month were from 45 yards or longer, with his two misses coming from 44 and 52 yards. He also added three touchbacks on kickoffs this past week at Minnesota when he took over kickoff duties against dangerous Vikings returner Cordarrelle Patterson.

This is the second time in his career that Crosby has been named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month. He also won the award in November of his rookie year in 2007.


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