Eddie Lacy Injury Concerns Return

Coming out of college, just about every team thought highly of Eddie Lacy’s talent. However, people were scared off a little bit because of his injury history. Some people might look at it as just having bad luck, but now he has suffered another concussion in as many years at the NFL level. People in fantasy football are already concerned about how this will effect his entire year.

Green Bay had to deal with quite a few different injuries last year to key players. For the most part, Lacy was able to return nicely after suffering a concussion early on in the year. It helped that the bye week for Green Bay came when it did, but Lacey was only forced to miss about 1.5 games total. Afterwards, he quickly became a pretty big force in fantasy football.

There were some in fantasy football who thought he might suffer from a sophomore slump because of his low yards per carry. They do not think that he would suffer yet another injury, but now the concussion issue is a pretty big one for the running back. Green Bay is going to be cautiously optimistic about everything, but they also want to make sure that he does not do more damage to his head in general.

If no one has pounced on James Starks just yet, he is someone who should be picked up sooner rather than later as a handcuff at running back. He is capable of having success out there on the field in fantasy football, especially if he is given the opportunity to start for a few games. Lacy should be able to get back on the field since the concussion does not seem to be a very serious one at this time. However, it does make people think of little bit about the running back going forward. He needs to figure something out, or at least try to have someone better luck with hard hits to the head.

Contributed by guest blogger Mark Smith

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Terrell Manning “on the fence” to make Packers roster

Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel broke down each position on the Green Bay Packers roster based on who he believes will survive the final roster cuts. One of the interesting names in his “on the fence” category is rookie linebacker Terrell Manning.

Manning was a personal favorite of mine entering the draft, and many were shocked when he fell to the 5th round. He could have benefited from another year at N.C. State, but his raw athleticism is difficult to ignore. He was a big play waiting to happen in college, but reportedly hasn’t shown that playmaking ability so far in Green Bay.

While he remains an intriguing developmental prospect, the Packers obviously aren’t in a position to keep him around if they believe he will be a liability in the immediate future. The fact that Desmond Bishop appears to be out for the year increases Manning’s chances slightly, but he still needs to hold off former undrafted free agents Rob Francois and Jamari Lattimore.

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Impact Rookies: Nick Perry

The Green Bay Packers were Super Bowl favorites for most of the 2011 season, but they still had some glaring holes to fill this offseason.

1st-round pick Nick Perry will be expected to start from day one at outside linebacker opposite Clay Matthews. He takes the starting job over from Erik Walden, who struggled throughout the 2011 season, recording just three sacks and proving to be a liability against the run.

Perry wasn’t the most explosive pass rusher in this year’s draft class, but he doesn’t need to be in have an impact in Green Bay. The Packers will rely on Matthews to pressure the quarterback, as they have the past few years, and anything Perry adds will simply be a bonus.

The Packers will notice Perry’s impact most against the run, where he offers a significant upgrade over Walden. According to Pro Football Focus’ grading system, Walden ranked dead last among 3-4 outside linebackers against the run in 2011.

Perry is a more physical player and better suited to hold up at the point of attack, where is Walden is undersized and is better suited to be playing inside in Dom Capers’ defense.

While Perry may not have the statistical impact necessary to earn Defensive Rookie of the Year votes, he will almost certainly be one of top rookies still on the field in January.

Check out our full review of the Packers 2012 draft class.

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Draft Grades: Green Bay Packers

As good as the Green Bay Packers looked at times in 2011, they had some significant holes to fill this offeason. Ted Thompson elected to stay quiet through most of free agency, but came up big with another strong draft class which should help in their quest for another Super Bowl title.

I was somewhat surprised to see Nick Perry still on the board at No. 28. While he would have benefited from returning to USC for another year, his raw talent is undeniable. Green Bay is the perfect place for Perry, who won’t feel the pressure to perform immediately. He will likely start from day one, but he won’t be the center of attention on a defense featuring Clay Matthews and A.J. Hawk. It’s a great place for him to learn and develop, while also providing some immediate help.

Jerel Worthy could be a steal in the 2nd round, but we’ll have to see how the Packers use him. The Packers like oversized, space-eating defensive ends in their 3-4 defense, and Worthy is capable of filling that role. But he’ll need to stay in shape, because he’s just a few big meals away from looking more like a nose tackle.

I also like the selection of Casey Hayward, who could step into a starting role at some point this year. The 2nd round may have been early for Hayward, but the Packers needed to add an instant-impact player in the secondary.

Mike Daniels is more of a traditional 3-4 end, at least compared to Worthy. His upside may be somewhat limited, but he has the potential to provide some depth in the front seven.

Jerron McMillian was a reach in the 4th round. There was very little talent at the strong safety position in this draft and it felt like the Packers reached to add depth at a position of need. It’s an acceptable strategy in some situations, but the Packers got carried away with this one. Due to the lack of depth at the position he should make the final roster, but he’s a purely developmental prospect who offers little immediate value.

Terrell Manning could prove to be one of the great steals of this draft. He’s an explosive sideline-to-sideline linebacker who should excel at inside linebacker in Green Bay. The depth chart is crowded, so he may not see the field much early, but he definitely has a future in the league.

Andrew Datko has battled injuries which contributed to his fall the 7th round, but he’s well worth the risk at this point in the draft. The Packers will likely groom him behind Bryan Bulaga at right tackle.

I’m not as high on B.J. Coleman as some, but I can’t argue with the selection in the 7th round. He clearly has the measurables of an NFL quarterback and will have the opportunity to be brought along slowly in Green Bay. It’s a good situation for Coleman, and a nice opportunity for Green Bay to develop a prospect behind Rodgers.

Overall, this was one of the better draft classes in the league, something which is becoming common for Ted Thompson. Few GMs in the league understand the importance of finding value in the late rounds better than Thompson, who consistently plucks future starters from the scrap heap late in the draft.

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