It’s been a strange, rocky career for running back Eddie Lacy. After bursting onto the scene with the Green Bay Packers in 2013, Lacy looked like he’d be one of the best backs in the league for a long time. However, over the next few years Lacy gradually fell out of favor in Green Bay, as injuries and poor conditioning took their toll.
The Packers let Lacy’s rookie contract expire this past offseason and he’s been forced to take a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks, where he’ll be looking to win a starting job and get his career back on track. He also has to keep his weight under control, something that’s been a consistent issue. Yet despite these concerns, Lacy remains a supremely talented back when he’s actually on the field, which hasn’t always been the case in recent years.
If he stays healthy and performs up to his standards, the 27-year-old could be one of the more coveted running backs in free agency next year — he’ll be an especially attractive option for teams that can’t afford Le’Veon Bell.
Things finally came together for Clowney last year. Stepping up in the absence of J.J. Watt, Clowney was a disruptive force on the line of scrimmage, commanding constant double teams that freed up Whitney Mercilus to make game-changing plays. Clowney set a career high with six sacks and earned his first-ever Pro Bowl appearance. Hopefully we’ll finally get to see the Clowney/Watt/Mercilus trio at full force next year.