Rookie running back Eddie Lacy showed up for the Green Bay Packers rookie orientation camp on Friday, ready to pick up where he left off.
Several teams passed on him in the NFL Draft because of toe surgery nearly a year and a half ago. As concerning as that might be, Lacy has put that behind him and is excited to be a Green Bay Packer.
16 months ago, Lacy underwent fusion surgery on his right big toe. He followed that by rushing for 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns in his redshirt junior year, helping Alabama to a National Championship.
Jones didn’t get drafted until the 2nd round, number-61 overall by the Packers. He held on that long because of his injury history. Lacy had knee and pectoral issues last season. He also had a hamstring injury that prevented him from working out for NFL scouts in April. But that doesn’t bother Lacy. He’s more interested in moving forward and consider’s Green Bay the perfect situation for him.
Perhaps the Packers will benefit from a lack of wear and tear on Lacy. He was a starter for only one of his three college seasons at Alabama. He backed up Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson in 2010 and Richardson in 2011.
Lacy went through the entire workout on Friday afternoon and showed no signs of any injuries.
Lacy already knows what the Packers offense has with quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He also knows what this offense could be like with the additions of himself and UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin.