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"This is the NFL, you're not going to play this game until you're 45 or 50," said running backs coach Sam Gash, a former Pro Bowl fullback. "A lot of people, especially the media, try to make it out, 'He's got to last.' He'll last as long as he's meant to last.
"If he gets 40 (carries in a game), I'm OK with that. If he gets 10 carries, 20 carries, as long as we're productive and winning, I don't really care. I tell all the guys, be ready for 50 carries, that's the way you should train in the offseason, as if you're getting 50 carries a game. You're going to beat your body down and beat yourself up, so it's going to harden you mentally and physically. You're not going to wear yourself down. God made a machine, he's not going to let you down when you need him the most."
Lacy had 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns nad 35 catches for 257 yards as a rooke in 2013.
"He's a power back with a quick, nifty back's feet," Packers running backs coach Sam Gash said. "He's got great power, great balance. He's got feet that get him in and out of trouble."
Where does Lacy, who turned 24 in June, rank among the top backs?
"I'm going to speak selfishly and say Eddie would be my top guy," Gash replied. "I love the other guys; they're great backs. But he's younger and bigger than those guys, and he's got just as much balance. I like his demeanor and intensity."
To be fair, Lacy did catch 35 passes last season for 257 yards, and he had as many 20-plus-yard plays as a receiver as he did as a rusher (three).
"I just need to regain focus," he told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "Don't let what I did last year flow over into this year. It's a new team, it's a new season and a new year pretty much."
"I know it's going to be a lot tougher than last season," Lacy added. "But we have the greatest quarterback in the NFL, and with him being back there, it's not just like they'll be able to stack the box and focus on me. They have to play him, because if not, he's just going to kill them through the air. So I still think I have a bit of breathing room.
"I think it will be tougher, because it's not like you're surprising everyone. When you first come in, people doubt you. They know what you did in college, but they don't know if it will translate to the next level. But once you get that year in and people see what you've done and it's no longer surprising, they're going to prepare for you the way they prepare for whoever else is good at that position."
Coaches will use James Starks and DuJuan Harris to give Lacy some breathers.
"We haven’t sat down and figured out an ‘X’ number of carries for Eddie," offensive coordinator Tom Clements told the paper. "Eddie was a workhorse for us last year, and then when James got in there last year, he ran very hard. That was a great one-two punch. Now you factor in DuJuan and the other guys, it’s going to be interesting to see how that plays out."
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