"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."
During organized team activities and minicamp, Lacy ran with more pep in his step, so he appears ready to go.
"I'm definitely more focused but I'm also more relaxed," Lacy said. "I'm not tensed. I'm not trying to be too fast or too slow. Or if I make a mistake, I'm not killing myself over it. To me, that statement meant that if you know what you have to do then go out and do it. You don't have to do no more, no less. You don't have to go out and pretend like you're the best person on the field. We're all human, we're all going to make a mistake. But it's how you respond to that mistake."
“You hope they play you two-shell defense all day when Eddie’s in the backfield,” coach Mike McCarthy told the paper. “But there’s more to it than that, too, because you don’t want to be one-dimensional one way or the other. We’ve lived that life where we were heavy one-dimensional throwing it, and you’d like to have balance. It makes it easier, puts a little less stress on your quarterback, your best player.”
Lacy overcame those 8-man fronts to rush for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns.
"The experience of losing Aaron last year has helped the development of our running game," coach Mike McCarthy said, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Running the ball against eight-man fronts is something you have to do in this league. Usually for us, it’s been more situational.
"But to do it on an every-down basis has been a real benefit for us. I think we can expand off that."
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|P2||8/16/14||@ STL||4:00 pm|
|1||9/4/14||@ SEA||8:30 pm|
|3||9/21/14||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|4||9/28/14||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|6||10/12/14||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|8||10/26/14||@ NO||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|12||11/23/14||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|15||12/14/14||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|16||12/21/14||@ TB||1:00 pm|
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|2013||Green Bay Packers||15||15||35||257||7.3||34||0||3||0||12|
|2013||Green Bay Packers||15||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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