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Friday, September 13, 2013
Starter Pack: Slow start not unique to Lacy

By Rob Demovsky

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There was much excitement around these parts when the Packers drafted Eddie Lacy in the second round.

Finally, many suggested, the Packers will have a respectable running game.

Then Lacy went out in his NFL debut and made little impact during Sunday’s 34-28 loss at San Francisco. He fumbled once and rushed for just 41 yards on 14 carries.

But, as ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert pointed out, Lacy wasn’t the only rookie running back to have a slow start. In fact, Lacy played more snaps and gained more yards than any of the other neophyte backs who played in Week 1.

The Packers expect big things from Lacy, but it may take some time, as running backs coach Alex Van Pelt pointed out Thursday.

"We’re just trying to get Eddie to be a pro, teach him to be a pro," Van Pelt said. "Teach him now to take care of his body, learn in the classroom and transfer it to the field. All those things, but that being said, I think Eddie after a rough start there really settled in, and I think you got to see the true ability he has making the right read in the run game and being able to run with some power there, quickness as well.

"It’s going to be a growing thing with Eddie. Obviously, we expect continued growth each week, didn’t start well but finished strong in the San Fran game and expect to build on that in the upcoming games."

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