Halfway through the exhibition season, Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy has the freshest legs of his NFL career and there's a pretty good chance they'll remain that way until the first snap in Seattle Sept. 4.
After a concentrated dose of work to start training camp, Lacy's load has lessened to the point where 12 snaps was all he got in the 21-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams at the Edwards Jones Dome Saturday night.
Lacy carried five times for 25 yards and caught two passes for 22 yards in his exhibition season debut, taking all his snaps during the Packers' no-huddle touchdown drive to open the game.
When quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the offense returned to the field for 12 more snaps, Lacy turned in his helmet and called it a night. He said he did not lobby to return.
"To me, it's whatever is given," Lacy said after the game. "It's a blessing to be able to go out and play this game and be injury free. I'm not a guy who whenever they take me out complains or asks to go back in. I just take everything that's given to me."
It's a good sign that he's going to get a ton of work this regular season, which is what we expected all along. Lacy is of course a mid-to-late first round target in fantasy drafts and is easily a top-5 or -6 RB.