The Packers selected Lacy in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft, following a storied college career at Alabama that culminated with him winning Offensive MVP in the 2013 BCS National Championship. At the NFL Combine, he weighed in at 5’11, 231 pounds — a little on the heavy side but certainly not out of the ordinary for a big power back.
Any concern-trolling about Lacy’s weight was quickly brushed aside when the actual games started. He finished his rookie year with 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns on 284 carries, bringing some much-needed balance to a Packers offense that was more reliant than ever on Aaron Rodgers’ arm. Lacy won Offensive Rookie of the Year for his efforts. His next season was just as good, with 1,139 yards, his yards per carry average jumping from 4.1 to 4.6, and his touchdowns increasing from 11 to 13 (nine rushing, four receiving).
It looked like the sky was the limit for Lacy at that point, but the next few years weren’t nearly as rosy.
USA Today is projecting a 10-6 season for the Cardinals after a 7-8-1 record last year, but the question is … uh … why?
The team lost Calais Campbell and Tony Jefferson, among others, on defense during the offseason and is relying on the play of veteran quarterback Carson Palmer and receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who are both likely to retire after the season.
Big playmakers like David Johnson, Tyrann Mathieu, Chandler Jones and Patrick Peterson make Arizona an unlikely choice, but not an impossible one.