Do not expectcaution to infiltrate Eddie Lacy's game. It really doesn't matter how many times the Green Bay Packers running back carries the ball.

"Every opportunity means a lot and I'll run the ball as if it's my last play," Lacy said. "Whether it's 300 or 250, whatever the number is, I'm going to give every carry everything I have."

No, there won't be much tap-dancing out of bounds in 2014.

A season ago, the fourth back drafted rammed his way to 1,259 yards and 11 touchdowns on 305 total carries. An Eddie Lacy carry is different from a Giovani Bernard carry, too. Lacy, a listed 5-foot-11, 230 pounds, creates a pile of punishment for all involved.

This off-season served as the tune-up. Next month, his encore begins.

Lacy says hunger will not be a problem.

"This is a game where you never know when it's going to be taken away from you, so just being that guy my team can depend on when necessary. That's the main drive for me," Lacy said after the Packers' final minicamp practice. "And just cherishing every moment I get to play the game that I love."

After the Packers' 23-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in an NFC wild-card game, Lacy slipped into hibernation.

The guy who came into the NFL with a fused toe, a metal plate and seven screws in his left hand and a slight tear in his hamstring — among other dings — was stinging from a rookie season jam-packed with contact. In December, Lacy suffered a sprained ankle three times in three weeks.

No wonder coach Mike McCarthy, in Lacy's words, said to "relax" for a while.

"It took my body a long time just to stop hurting," Lacy said. "So once that happened, I got a couple massages, just make sure your body's right. We have a workout manual that they give us, so I did a little bit of that. But it definitely took me a long time for my body to stop hurting."

He's not sure of the exact time, but this recovery period lasted longer than anything Lacy experienced at Alabama.

During organized team activities and minicamp, Lacy ran with more pep in his step and spent long stretches on the sideline talking to new running backs coach Sam Gash.

Big picture, Lacy is a more relaxed player these days. Precisely one year ago, he didn't know his assignment before some plays. Second-guessing himself, Lacy was consumed by trying to be too perfect.

His position coach then, Alex Van Pelt, later said Lacy needed to learn how to practice like a pro. Past coaches even told Van Pelt he wouldn't like "a lot of the stuff that happens on the practice field" with Lacy.