Lacy might lead race for rookie of the year


GREEN BAY, Wis. -- If Eddie Lacy keeps this up, he might be a runaway choice for NFL offensive rookie of the year.

The Green Bay Packers running back on Thursday was named offensive rookie of the month for October, when he rushed for 395 yards in four games. That’s the most in the NFL by any player – veteran or rookie – during that stretch.

Lacy leads all rookies with 446 yards rushing this season despite missing one full game and more than three quarters of another because of a concussion.

The last Packers’ player to win offensive rookie of the year was running back John Brockington in 1971.

“I think it’s pretty cool, but it’s a long season, and that’s not what I’m focusing on right now,” Lacy said Wednesday when asked about the possibility of being the NFL offensive rookie of the year. “I have to go out and produce every week in and week out. That’s all I’m focusing on.”

At this point, Lacy looks like he might have been one of the steals of the draft. Projected by many as a first-round pick, the Packers got the former Alabama star late in the second round, at No. 61 overall. He was the fourth running back taken in the draft behind Giovani Bernard (No. 37 overall by Cincinnati), Le'Veon Bell (No. 48 by Pittsburgh) and Montee Ball (No. 58 by Denver). Bernard has 282 yards rushing, Bell has 202 and Ball has 177.

Houston Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins was named offensive rookie of the month for September.