Lacy also nominated for Ground Player of the Week

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 29, 2013 – 3:58 pm

Packers rookie RB Eddie Lacy, already nominated for Rookie of the Week, is also up for the NFL’s Ground Player of the Week following his 94-yard, one-TD performance at the Metrodome last Sunday night.

The other nominees are Arizona RB Andre Ellington and Detroit RB Reggie Bush.

Lacy won the award once earlier this season, in Week 6 following his 120-yard rushing day vs. Baltimore.

You can vote for Lacy right here.

 


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Eddie Lacy, again, nominated for Rookie of the Week

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 29, 2013 – 9:36 am

For the third consecutive week, Packers RB Eddie Lacy has been nominated for the NFL’s Rookie of the Week.

Against Minnesota last Sunday, Lacy rushed 29 times for 94 yards and a TD. He also added four receptions for 18 yards, giving him 112 yards from scrimmage in Green Bay’s 44-31 victory.

Other nominees this week include Minnesota KR Cordarrelle Patterson, Arizona RB Andre Ellington, New Orleans WR Kenny Stills, and Oakland LB Sio Moore.

You can vote for Lacy right here.


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Eddie Lacy nominated for Rookie of the Week

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 22, 2013 – 9:51 am

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RB Eddie Lacy’s 82-yard rushing performance on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns has him nominated for Rookie of the Week. Other nominees are Chargers T D.J. Fluker, Redskins TE Jordan Reed, Bills CB Nickell Robey and Jets QB Geno Smith.

The vote is in your hands. Read up on this week’s nominees and then cast your vote for the Rookie of the Week on NFL.com. Voting is open until Friday at 2 p.m. CT.


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Eddie Lacy voted Week 6 Ground Player of the Week

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 18, 2013 – 3:14 pm

RB Eddie Lacy

RB Eddie Lacy

Packers rookie RB Eddie Lacy has been voted the Week 6 Ground Player of the Week following his 23-carry, 120-yard performance in Green Bay’s win over Baltimore last Sunday.

Lacy became the third Packers running back to top 100 yards in a single game this season, and he also has a 99-yard game to his credit, as the Packers rank fifth in the NFL in rushing yards per game and third in yards per carry.


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Eddie Lacy also up for Rookie of the Week

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 15, 2013 – 1:40 pm

RB Eddie Lacy’s 120-yard rushing performance on Sunday in Baltimore has him nominated for Rookie of the Week. Other nominees are Chargers WR Keenan Allen, Bills LB Kiko Alonso and Lions TE Joseph Fauria.

The vote is in your hands. Read up on this week’s nominees and then cast your vote for the Rookie of the Week on NFL.com. Voting is open until Friday at 2 p.m. CT.


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Eddie Lacy nominated as Week 6’s Ground Player of the Week

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 15, 2013 – 10:13 am

Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy has been nominated as Week 6’s NFL Ground Player of the Week. Lacy rushed for a career-high 120 yards on 23 carries in the Packers’ 19-17 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Lacy became the third different Packers running back to top 100 yards this season. Late runs by Lacy helped the Packers close out the game.

The vote is in your hands. Cast your vote for Lacy on NFL.com.


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Eddie Lacy nominated for Rookie of the Week

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 8, 2013 – 5:14 pm

Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy

Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy, coming off of a 99-yard rushing performance in Week 5’s clash with the Detroit Lions, has been nominated for Rookie of the Week. Other nominees are Tyrann Mathieu (Arizona Cardinals), Zac Stacy (St. Louis Rams), Terrance Williams (Dallas Cowboys), and Geno Smith (New York Jets).

The vote is in your hands. Read up on this week’s nominees and then cast your vote for the Rookie of the Week on NFL.com. Voting is open until Friday at 2 p.m. CT.


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If necessary, McCarthy prepared to go with just two RBs

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 19, 2013 – 4:36 pm

With RB Eddie Lacy (concussion) and FB John Kuhn (hamstring) still not having practiced this week, Mike McCarthy said on Thursday he’s prepared to go into Sunday’s game at Cincinnati with just two running backs — James Starks and Johnathan Franklin — if he has to.

RB Johnathan Franklin

RB Johnathan Franklin

“I’m prepared. That’s my job,” McCarthy said. “The preference is not to go into the game with two running backs. We’ll be much better prepared than we were two years ago in Kansas City.”

McCarthy referred to that game as a “hard lesson,” as the Packers’ only healthy RBs for that contest were Ryan Grant and Kuhn, and Grant had bruised ribs coming in. McCarthy said the game got to a point in the second half where “it was time to run the ball,” but Grant had to sit out a series or two and the Packers didn’t have the firepower in the backfield to make it go.

The Packers do have one RB on the practice squad, rookie Michael Hill from Missouri Western, so if neither Lacy nor Kuhn can play, Hill would be a possible third back, but a player would have to be released in order for Hill to be signed to the 53-man roster.

An emergency option would be WR Randall Cobb, who has carried the ball out of the backfield at times the past two seasons, but McCarthy said he’d never put Cobb in a workhorse-type position.

“I don’t want to make a living running the ball with Randall Cobb, let’s be honest,” McCarthy said. “Randall is a dynamic player, but he doesn’t need to be lined up behind center carrying the ball 20 times. That’s not the plan.”

It’s also not the plan to automatically sit all of the Packers’ injured players because the bye week is coming up, though McCarthy did indicate S Morgan Burnett (hamstring) is a “longshot” to play this week.

In Thursday’s full-pads practice, CB Jarrett Bush (hamstring) joined Burnett, Lacy and Kuhn as a non-participant, while TE Jermichael Finley (toe) and DE Johnny Jolly (neck) practiced but were limited. G T.J. Lang (back) was added to the report as a limited participant, but McCarthy didn’t believe his injury was anything serious.


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News & notes: Mike Neal has ‘best practice’ of camp

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 14, 2013 – 5:11 pm

For the rundown on QB Aaron Rodgers’ chat with reporters at his locker, in which he talked about his lighter workload and the “vibe” of the team, check out today’s feature story. Here are some more news & notes from Wednesday:

–Neal flashes in new role: He missed time early in camp due to an abdominal injury and sat out the first preseason game, but DE Mike Neal is starting to look more comfortable in his new hybrid lineman-outside linebacker role.

DE Mike Neal

DE Mike Neal

On Wednesday, Neal was showing up in a number of drills, including the OLB-RB blitz pick-up and the one-on-one pass rush, where he worked from both inside and outside. He also stuffed one running play in team (11-on-11) work and was a factor at the line of scrimmage on a number of other snaps.

“Today was probably the first time we felt what we hope he’s about — his ability to be a difference-maker, the ability to put him in one-on-one situations and for him to win and to win consistently,” Mike McCarthy said. “I think Mike had his best practice today of training camp.”

Neal is taking a liking to the hybrid role now that he’s had more time to absorb the responsibilities of the OLB position, a process that began in OTAs. The next step will be to carry the kind of impact he had on the practice field on Wednesday into the preseason game in St. Louis on Saturday, which he said he’s definitely looking forward to.

“I think it best suits me. Just using my athleticism is probably the biggest thing,” Neal said. “The learning part of it is what they wanted me to (accomplish) so I can put myself in those positions.”

–Young to get more plays: McCarthy said he’s seen a lot of progress in QB Vince Young now that he’s been in camp for a week, and he plans to get Young more snaps with a larger play selection in Saturday’s game.

Young took a number of snaps in the team drills on Wednesday and appeared to be getting the ball out of his hand faster on pass plays, an indication he’s understanding the scheme more and more.

“It’s important for Vince to be able to call it, see it in his mind and be able to execute,” Rodgers said. “Seven days after he’s been here he’s definitely improved with the verbiage and he’s making some plays.”

–Injury update: WR Randall Cobb (bicep) and RB James Starks (illness) sat out practice, while G T.J. Lang (back) returned and TE Ryan Taylor (knee) was back on the field for the first time since the Family Night scrimmage. DE Ryan Pickett also returned after missing a day for personal reasons.

RBs Eddie Lacy and DuJuan Harris were cleared for more contact, with Lacy doing more in the team drills than Harris did. Lacy didn’t appear to have any issues with his hamstring, but he stopped short of saying he would for sure have clearance to play on Saturday in St. Louis. Both Lacy and Harris missed the first preseason game last week.

“Most likely they’re going to make the decision, but you have to look at the bigger picture,” Lacy said. “Preseason is a time for you to go out there and showcase what you can do and get a taste of how it is, how it’s going to be when the season gets here. But if you’re not 100 percent or don’t feel you can go, then don’t risk it.”

–Plays of the day: Two of the rookie stars thus far in camp have been undrafted WR Tyrone Walker and fifth-round CB Micah Hyde, and the pair made two of the highlight plays in practice again on Wednesday.

Walker made a nifty tip-toe catch right at the front pylon of the end zone on a throw from QB Graham Harrell after Harrell scrambled to his left to buy extra time.

Then, moments later, Hyde was in coverage on a fade to the corner of the end zone to WR Myles White. With his back to the ball, Hyde turned his head at just the right time to see it and deflect it. As he fell to the turf, the ball then hung on Hyde’s hip and he was able to tip it back to himself, make the interception and get up to run.

The grab looked similar to Antonio Freeman’s “Monday Night Miracle” against the Vikings in 2000, only it was a great defensive play rather than an offensive one.

“I knew it didn’t hit the ground,” Hyde said. “Luckily I was able to tip it back into my hands.”


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News & notes: Datone Jones’ one snap was impressive

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 12, 2013 – 5:26 pm

For the rundown on RB DuJuan Harris’ return to the practice field and some increased reps for rookie WR Tyrone Walker and rookie CB Micah Hyde, check out today’s feature story. Here are some additional news & notes from Monday:

–One snap but good: Rookie DE Datone Jones lasted only one snap in Friday’s preseason opener before leaving with an ankle injury, but when his teammates viewed that snap on film, they were impressed.

DE Datone Jones

DE Datone Jones

Jones came in for the nickel package on the first third down of the game and was matched against Arizona G Jonathan Cooper, who like Jones was a first-round draft draft pick. In the words of fellow defensive lineman B.J. Raji, “He completely whipped the guy and had a chance to get a sack.”

“We all talked about how great of a move he had on the guy,” Raji said. “It was rookie on rookie, first-round pick on first-round pick, and Datone, he won that rep and his leg just got caught. The other guy kind of tripped him and got his ankle. But judging Datone off that one play, his future definitely looks bright.”

Mike McCarthy said Jones would be out of practice for at least a couple of days, and he wasn’t sure if he’d be available to play in St. Louis on Saturday night.

–More on injuries: WR Randall Cobb (bicep) was back at practice on Monday with a wrap on his upper right arm. G T.J. Lang (back) did not practice and was replaced at right guard with the No. 1 offensive line by Don Barclay. McCarthy called the holding out of Lang “precautionary” and suggested it could continue on Tuesday.

RB Eddie Lacy (hamstring) missed practice again and did some testing of his injury, but McCarthy said he didn’t know how the test went.

–New outlook: Two of the Packers’ backup offensive linemen who have received praise lately from the coaches and whose reps are increasing are second-year pro Greg Van Roten and undrafted rookie Lane Taylor.

Van Roten appears to be the top backup at center behind Evan Dietrich-Smith, and he also takes a fair share of snaps at guard. Taylor has worked both guard spots in camp and managed to play well in Friday’s game despite a lack of rest.

The day before the game, Taylor’s wife gave birth to the couple’s first child, a daughter. He missed practice on Thursday but slept at the hospital that night with his wife and newborn, who arrived just after 5 p.m. He returned to Lambeau Field on Friday to prepare for the game and performed rather well.

“I feel like I’m starting to really clean up my technique and get fundamentally sound. It’s starting to pay off,” Taylor said. “You’ll get beat, it’s the NFL, but I keep plugging away and I’m starting to see some results.”

Undrafted out of Oklahoma State, Taylor had a handful of free-agent offers after the draft and chose Green Bay, seeing it as a “good fit.” He has a legitimate shot at a roster spot, but he admitted there’s even more motivation now with a daughter on his hands.

“Most definitely,” he said. “Having a newborn makes you more motivated because you want to go out there and provide and bring the best life for her.”

Getting his kicks: K Giorgio Tavecchio won Monday’s head-to-head kicking competition by going 8-for-8 on field goals to Mason Crosby’s 7-for-8. Crosby’s lone miss was wide left from 46 yards. With neither kicker getting a chance in Friday’s game, they can expect more work in practice as the preseason continues.

“If they ask us for 30 kicks, we’ll give them as many as we can,” said Tavecchio, who continues to preach his one-day-at-a-time approach in his effort to take Crosby’s job.

“It was a warm day today, so the balls were flying,” he said. “I felt like myself, Tim (Masthay) and Brett (Goode) were in a good rhythm with the snap, hold and kick.

“I have to watch the film to really see and dissect everything, because right now I feel good. But I always take a good look at the film and be unbiased about it. Take the lessons, the good, bad and if there’s any ugly, take that too and keep moving forward.”


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