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Eddie Lacy “a huge weapon” at Packers’ scrimmage

Green Bay Packers Mini Camp

Green Bay Packers Eddie Lacy (27) during an NFL football mini camp Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)


Apparently all that weight is making Eddie Lacy tough to tackle.

The Packers had their annual preseason scrimmage on Saturday night, and Lacy, the big rookie running back whose weight has been a hot topic in training camp, was the star of the show.

“He’s going to be a huge weapon for us,” teammate B.J. Coleman said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “First time out. Environment like that. I thought he did a great job. It’s nice to have him back there with you. He runs the ball hard. He’s a very strong man.”

Lacy had consecutive runs of 7, 16, 19, 4, 8 and 4 yards. Fellow running back Alex Green’s job could be in jeopardy with the arrival of Lacy and fourth-round rookie Johnathan Franklin, but Green still praised Lacy’s effort.

“He went in there and proved he could run the ball effective,” Green said. “Even when he was a little bit winded he still ran hard and finished runs. Picked up the blitzes when he had to. I thought he did great.”

Although James Starks got the start at running back on Saturday night, Lacy is looking like the leader to be the No. 1 back when the season begins.