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Lacy plays down rookie of the year conversation

Oct. 30, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) rushes in the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Minneapolis.
Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) rushes in the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Minneapolis. / AP Photo/Jim Mone

Packers running back Eddie Lacy is flattered that he is being mentioned in the early rookie of the year conversation, but that’s one of the last things on his mind.

“I think it’s pretty cool but it’s a long season and that’s not what I’m focusing on right now,” Lacy said today in the locker room. “I have to go out and produce every week in and week out. That’s all I’m focusing on.”

Lacy said he could have never predicted that the Packers would own the No. 3 rushing offense in the NFL (141.4 yards per game) near the halfway point of the season, “but that’s a pretty cool stat.”

Lacy said he was feeling fine physically after rushing 29 times against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday night.

“I thought I was going to be a lot sorer,” said Lacy. “I’m not feeling too bad.”

Lacy said he doesn’t mind such a heavy load, but the presence of James Starks will help both of them.

“It helps out because I get to rest on the side for a little while,” said Lacy. “And we spare each other, and the run game doesn’t miss a beat.”

Lacy said he has learned a lot since the season opener in San Francisco in early September.

“Just be patient, don’t think too much and let the game come to you,” said Lacy. “I think the first game I was too nervous, I was trying to do too much, I was thinking too much. I was very uncomfortable, but since then I got a lot more comfortable and things started slowing down.”

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