Green Bay Packers

Stadium: Lambeau Field | Coach: Mike McCarthy
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense29th124.0 (13th)157.0 (31st)
Defense24th167.0 (29th)214.0 (7th)
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Report: Jordy Nelson seeking at least $10 million annually
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Packers receiver Jordy Nelson, who's entering the last year of his deal, wants at least $10 million annually in a new contract, reports ESPN.com. Nelson will earn $3.5 million this season.

Nelson will be looking for more than Atlanta's Roddy White, who signed a four-year extension Thursday that is reportedly worth up to $30 million with $18 million guaranteed.

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Packers preparing Eddie Lacy for massive workload
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Although running back Eddie Lacy had some short-term injuries at Alabama, the Packers don't seem concerned at all about giving him a massive workload, reports PackersNews.com. Lacy, 24, carried 284 times in 15 games as a rookie while averaging 21.2 touches.

"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."

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Eddie Lacy getting high praise
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

Packers running back Eddie Lacy is already being compared to Ahman Green and Dorsey Levens as two of the best backs in Green Bay history, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

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."

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TE still open for Packers
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

The Packers are trying to figure out their tight end situation heading into training camp, reports ESPN.

The longer Jermichael Finley (neck) remains unsigned, the more likely it appears his time in Green Bay -- and perhaps in the NFL -- is over, despite his desire to continue to play.

The Packers re-signed Andrew Quarless to a two-year, $3 million contract in March, but that's hardly starter's money. The door is open for rookie third-round draft pick Richard Rodgers, who performed well enough during the organized team activities and minicamp practices (which Quarless missed because of injury) to move into the starting spot. Rodgers has the kind of dynamic athletic ability that Finley brought to the position.

The wild card there is Colt Lyerla, the undrafted but talented rookie from Oregon. Had Lyerla not left the Ducks' program and run into trouble subsequently last year, he might have been a high draft pick. The Packers also will have to assess whether Brandon Bostick can make a bigger impact than he did last season. 

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Eddie Lacy to become a three-down back?
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

Eddie Lacy rumbled for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns last season en route to rookie of the year honors, but defenses will be more prepared for him this time around. To counter that, ESPN believes the Packers will try to keep Lacy on the field longer and become a three-down player. That would keep substitutions from slowing down the offense, helping the Packers get more plays per game. But it would also mean Lacy would have to get better at pass protection and improve even more as a receiver. 

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). 

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