New Packers running back Eddie Lacy spoke to the media after the Packers selected him with the 61st overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
What attributes do you bring to the table?
ďI mean, pretty much everything. Iím a bigger guy, a tough runner, a physical runner. Thatís just natural. But Iím also shifty and I can make defenders miss and also break long runs. I just feel like I can do anything.Ē
How comfortable are you in the passing game?
ďIím extremely comfortable with it. I can catch well. I can catch the ball well for a running back. And pass protection is something I take pride in. At this level, I just have to clean my technique up and Iíll be OK.Ē
How you compare to Montee Ball?
It kind of depends on the style of runner. I donít like to compare myself to other players. The coaches saw something they liked in me that they didnít like in him, I guess you could say.Ē
On Nick Saban's program:
ďJust his program and the way we worked at practices in the off-season and just his whole philosophy about football. It gets everybody ready so when we get to the next level, itís basically like weíre already there. Weíre a step ahead of every other school.Ē
How can you help a pass-first offense
ďI think it brings balance. I will allow the defense to not just be able to focus on the passes because thereís a back in the backfield whoís going to have to make them think about the run. And if we can run out of the shotgun, itíll just make the offense that much more dangerous.Ē
What was your reaction when Packers called?
ďI was actually on an airplane and as soon as I landed, like literally as soon as the wheels touched the ground, I turned my phone back on and when the service came back in, they were calling me. Itís just a big relief. I was very excited but thereís still a lot I have to go out there and prove. I canít wait until I can start on that.Ē
It was a really long wait.
On motivation of falling:
Itís going to a big motivation piece I can use.
Reaction to joining Packers:
Iím extremely excited to join the organization. They have a great quarterback and they have a great offense, and I think I can be another addition to that.
Can you be an every-down back?
I can pretty much be whatever the coach needs me to be. If I have to be an every-down back, I can be that. If he wants me to be something else, I can pretty much be whatever he wants me to be.
On his injuries:
The injury I had was a strain when I was training for the Combine. By the time my pro day came around, I wasnít 100 percent but I decided to try anyway.
Did injury cause the fall?
I couldnít tell you why I slid so far but, at the end of the day, it is what it is and you canít do anything about it. Iím just looking forward to being part of a new team and contributing.
Could you participate in training camp right now?
Yeah, right now Iím 100 percent, so Iíll be able to have a lot of training under my belt. My conditioning is going to be right and from Day 1 Iím going to be ready to go.