"It's night and day," Jones said, per the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "Way more comfortable, way more confident. They'll have to account for him. I know by them watching film and seeing what he's done during the season, they know he's not the same player he was Week 1."
That's for sure. Behind Lacy, the Packers have turned out the league's seventh-best ground game, pounding away for 133.5 yards per game. That's a 27-yard improvement over last season.
It also helps to have Aaron Rodgers back. With its starting quarterback in the lineup, Green Bay has averaged 143.8 yards on the ground compared to 123.3 without him.
As we noted on Thursday's "Around The League Podcast," Lacy's ankle injury appeared to reduce his cutting ability against the Bearslast week, but he still grounded out the tough yards for a Packers team that never gave up against Chicago. With another week's rest, expect Lacy to give the 49ers a first-hand look at how "different" he's become.