Green Bay Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy was added to the Pro Bowl roster on Wednesday. Lacy will replace Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who won’t play due to injury.
Lacy becomes the first Packers rookie running back selected to the Pro Bowl since John Brockington in 1971 and the first Packers back to appear on a Pro Bowl roster since Ahman Green in 2004.
Under the new Pro Bowl format, players will no longer represent their conference, but instead will be part of a live draft to take place on January 22nd. Honorary captains and Pro Football Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will each draft their own roster. The game is set for Sunday, January 26th in Honolulu, Hawai’i.
While Lacy is no Adrian Peterson, he proved to be just as valuable as the star Vikings back this season, carrying 284 times for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns. Lacy also caught 35 balls for nearly 250 yards.
He did all of that while appearing in 15 games, which was really 14 as Lacy was knocked out of the week two game after just one carry with a concussion against the Washington Redskins. He fumbled only once all season long back in week one against the San Francisco 49ers.
When quarterback Aaron Rodgers was lost for eight games due to injury, Lacy became the centerpiece of the team’s offense. During that span, Lacy scored eight of his touchdowns and 730 of his total yards on the season.
Earlier this week, the Pro Football Writers Association voted Lacy their rookie of the year. The Associated Press will soon announce their selections for offensive and defensive rookies of the year, which tend to be more decorated honors than the PFWA’s currently is. Lacy is said to be one of the frontrunners for the AP’s offensive award along with San Diego Chargers wide receiver Kennan Allen. Allen received the PFWA award for offensive rookie of the year. The AP designates a rookie of the year on each side of the ball whereas the PFWA awards an overall rookie as well as an offensive and defensive player.
Remember that Lacy was projected by many to be a first-round pick in last year’s draft, with some tabbing the Packers to select him with their first pick. When Lacy will still on the board late in the second round and Green Bay’s turn came, it was a no-brainer for general manager Ted Thompson. The value that the Packers received from that late second round choice has been phenomenal.
With a full offseason of knowing what they have in Lacy, the Packers will surely install an offensive game plan that should produce much success in 2014.
Jason Perone is an independent sports blogger writing about the Packers on AllGreenBayPackers.comFollow Jason Perone: