Zac Stacy: Primed to be an NFL Team’s Workhorse
The Jets and new general manager Mike Maccagnan have had a busy offseason. Maccagnan dealt for two offensive players during this year’s draft: DeVier Posey and Zac Stacy. Zac Stacy, who was acquired from the Rams for a paltry seventh round pick, is set to become an NFL feature back. The Rams parted with Stacy after drafting Georgia phenom Todd Gurley and he will now be a part of an equally crowded backfield. Chris Ivory and Stevan Ridley possess similar skill sets, while Bilal Powell is slightly more proven as a receiver. It is impossible for the Jets to get four backs adequate touches, but Stacy should take the reigns as their go-to man. The Vanderbilt product rushed for just shy of 1,000 yards in his rookie season as a part of a Rams offense with an insipid passing attack. At 5’9, 230 lbs, Stacy is a stockier version of Chris Ivory with less mileage. His punishing, north-south running style can be relied on to soften defenses and open up passing lanes. Stacy possesses good field vision and is adept at identifying and hitting holes. He won’t wow anyone with his speed, but he is more than capable of breaking off long runs in ten to twenty yard chunks with relative frequency. Stacy is a young twenty-four and will benefit greatly in an upgraded Jets offense. Though he doesn’t resemble the prototypical spread back, his ability far outweighs the benefit of replacing him with a lesser-talented scheme fit. Stacy’s formidable build and good vision permit him to join the ranks of the NFL’s bell-cow running backs and he should get the bulk of the Jets’s carries in 2015.