It was only three series in an exhibition game. Just eight carries and one pass reception in 19 minutes of work.

Brief snapshot or not running back Eddie Lacy's presence loomed large on the offense of the Green Bay Packers and the defense of the St. Louis Rams on Saturday night before a crowd of about 40000 at 66000-seat Edward Jones Dome.

"I've not seen a running back like that in Green Bay since Ahman Green" an executive in personnel for a National Football League team said. "It's a scrimmage but he looked good. He did what I thought he could do."

Putting together a much stronger overall effort than in their opening shutout loss to Arizona the Packers evened their record at 1-1 with a 19-7 victory.

After sitting out against the Cardinals with a hamstring injury Lacy was in and out all week during practice before getting the green light from coach Mike McCarthy.

On the ground Lacy carried eight times for 40 yards and had another 7-yard run called back by penalty.

He also caught a swing pass in the right flat made nickel back Trumaine Johnson miss with a beautiful spin move and picked up 11.

Then when Aaron Rodgers and the No. 1 offense departed so did Lacy.

Another scout agreed that Lacy gave the Packers their best back since Green and that included Ryan Grant who surpassed 950 yards in three straight seasons (2007-'09). In 2010 the Packers reached the playoffs with Brandon Jackson and won the Super Bowl with James Starks.

"I'd say so" the personnel man said. "He's a talented back. Mike will give him a lot of opportunities to be successful."

Lacy made a tackler miss on the right side to gain 7 on his first attempt. Then he ran over rookie safety T.J. McDonald and barged past another tackler on a 15-yard carry.

"He showed the ability to make you miss in the open field and the strength and power to power through you" one scout said. "Elusive in the open field. Made people miss. Good burst."

Lacy a late second-round draft choice pounded off right guard for a pair of 2-yard gains then showed speed to the corner for 7 on third and 1. That play was brought back when tight end Jermichael Finley was penalized for holding.

On the Packers' second possession Lacy was victimized by poor blocking and suffered a 2-yard loss on third and 1.

Early in the second quarter Lacy pounded for 3 off left tackle made the great move in the flat on Johnson and finished by showing some shake and bake in the clear on the left side for 11.

"They got a steal getting him where they got him" one scout said. "I thought he was going to go earlier. He's as advertised."