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Packers RB coach Sam Gash said he's not worried about preserving Eddie Lacy's health.

Gash has a 230-pound beast and is ready to use him. "This is the NFL, you're not going to play this game until you're 45 or 50," he said. "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." Lacy averaged 21.2 touches per game as a rookie, a number that could very well rise as he stays on the field for more third downs. Gash said he's seen no deficiencies at all in Lacy's pass protection.

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The Packers want Eddie Lacy to log more snaps than he did last season, "in order to prevent substitutions from slowing down the offense."

The Packers want Lacy "on the field longer," according to beat reporter Rob Demovsky. "We want to get him touches, trying to get him more involved in all aspects of the game," said OC Tom Clements. Demovsky believes an even more complete role could mean more receptions for Lacy, who caught 35 passes as a rookie. Lacy played 60.2 percent of Green Bay's offensive snaps last season.

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According to the Green Bay Post-Gazette, the Packers' coaching staff "would like to lessen the burden" on Eddie Lacy this season, incorporating more of James Starks and DuJuan Harris.

Piling up 285 rookie-year carries -- and in 11 weeks toting it more than 20 times, including playoffs -- Lacy played the final month of last season on a repeatedly sprained ankle. Scatback Harris is a coaching staff favorite, while Starks was more efficient than Lacy last year, averaging 5.5 YPC with six runs of 20-plus yards. Perhaps Lacy won't flirt with 300 carries again, but he will stay active in the passing game and should have no trouble scoring double-digit TDs as a three-down back in one of the NFL's top offenses. He's a mid-first-round fantasy pick.

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Eddie Lacy ran with "pep in his step" during OTAs and minicamp.

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Coach Mike McCarthy is planning a balanced offense, "particularly" featuring Eddie Lacy.

The Packers' offense has been far too pass-dependent over the last four seasons, relying exclusively on Aaron Rodgers' arm due to a lack of talent at tailback. That's no longer the case. "You hope they play you two-shell defense all day when Eddie's in the backfield," McCarthy said. A healthy Rodgers is going to open even more lanes for Lacy, who totaled 1,435 yards and 11 touchdowns as a rookie. He's a no-brainer first-round fantasy pick.

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Eddie Lacy's snap count is expected to rise this season.

Lacy played on 60.5 percent of the snaps as a rookie, often ceding third-down duties to John Kuhn. But Kuhn is now a free agent and coach Mike McCarthy has been talking up Lacy as a three-down back. He's a very capable receiver and pass protector. Lacy is an excellent bet for 300-plus carries, 40-plus catches and all the goal-line in one of the league's premier offenses.

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Coach Mike McCarthy said he wants Eddie Lacy to be a three-down back.

Lacy was already an every-down back as the Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2013, but this confirms that the Packers aren't really interested in scaling back his workload. Despite being a pounding hammer back, Lacy has soft hands and can catch the ball out of the backfield. Lacy should be locked in as a first-round pick in 2014 fantasy drafts. Getting Aaron Rodgers back will only help.

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New Packers RBs coach Sam Gash compared Eddie Lacy to Curtis Martin after studying Lacy during his rookie season.

Gash recently replaced Alex Van Pelt as Green Bay's running backs coach after Van Pelt was promoted to coach quarterbacks. He was a two-time Pro Bowl fullback in Buffalo. "Even though he's bigger, same mentality," Gash said of Lacy. "Curtis didn't like watching football. If anybody watched his Hall of Fame speech, he was a guy who didn't necessarily like watching football, but he was instinctive and just a great player. Eddie is pretty similar in his mentality. But you watch him on film, which I'm just starting to do, he's an exciting prospect."

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Associated Press named Eddie Lacy its 2013 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Lacy earned the honor after putting Green Bay's offense on his back for long stretches in the absence of Aaron Rodgers, who missed seven 2013 games. The fact Lacy won the award by a whopping 35-12 voting margin over Keenan Allen still makes little sense. Allen had one of the finest rookie wide receiver seasons in league history, and the vote should've been closer. With that said, the AP got this one right. EddieTooFat was an absolute monster in '13.

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Eddie Lacy rushed 21 times for 81 yards and caught two passes for seven yards in Green Bay's Wild Card loss to San Francisco.

Logging heavy snaps despite an ankle injury, Lacy turned in a workmanlike effort, failing to break big plays but ripping off numerous chain-moving runs against San Francisco's top-five rush defense. He was particularly effective in the second half, dealing repeated body blows before John Kuhn vultured an early fourth-quarter score. The Niners' defense clearly became winded late in the game. We'll genuinely miss watching Lacy run; his playing style reminds of Jerome Bettis. He's going to be a top-six pick in 2014 re-draft leagues.