Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy talks to Rob Davis during
NFL football training camp, Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in Green
GREEN BAY — A fit
and slimmer Eddie Lacy is pounding away at the defense in Green Bay
Packers training camp.
The results of a new
offseason training regimen are evident after the running back was
called out by coach Mike McCarthy following last season for playing at
too heavy a weight.
"Do I look like
I lost a few pounds over the summer?" Lacy responded to a
question from a reporter. "You can go with that."
The Packers' current
roster sheet lists Lacy at 5-foot-11, 234 pounds, the same weight at
which he was listed last season. Coach Mike McCarthy wasn't going to
divulge a number, either, though he seemed happy with how Lacy
responded pronounced him ready to go.
like Eddie, man," quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. "He's a
big back and we're just glad he's on our team."
The Packers would
love to get Lacy back to 2013-14 levels of production.
After eclipsing 1,100
yards each of his first two years in the league, Lacy ran for 758
yards on 187 carries in 15 games last season, starting 12. Lacy missed
a curfew before a game against the Detroit Lions, relegating him
briefly to McCarthy's doghouse. As Lacy struggled, backup James Starks
assumed more carries and turned into a reliable option in the passing
At his best, Lacy
bowls over defenders and spins out of tackles with reckless abandon.
His physical running style suits the cold-weather Packers, who ideally
would hand the ball to Lacy late in games to run down the clock.
This offseason, Lacy
said he focused on not making "too many bad decisions." He
worked out with P90X fitness guru Tony Horton, mixed in basketball and
boxing, and altered his diet. He stuck with the plan.
Lacy said that he
didn't really cut out any specific foods in his diet.
really, just eat less of it," he said.
He's not angry that
McCarthy called him out. Lacy, in fact, said "it needed to be
said. It was said and you can either take it the right way or the
wrong way. I think I did a pretty good job of taking it positively and
taking care of what I had to."
A bounce-back season
for Lacy, coupled with the likely return of injured receiver Jordy
Nelson from a torn right ACL, could lift the Packers right back into
elite territory as an offense, especially with two-time MVP Rodgers
"But we have to
stay healthy," Lacy said. "If us three all get out there and
we all get on the same page, it will be tough for defenses to stop all
NOTES: Rookie WR
Trevor Davis has been an early star at camp with impressive catches on
deep balls and quick passes over the middle. "So you just want to
see him build off of that because he has shown that he can make big
plays, but you want him to do the details that require the offensive
player to be a first-, second-, and third-down player. He's off to a
good start," McCarthy said. The 6-foot-1 Davis was drafted in the
fifth round out of California. ... The team holds its first padded
practice on Thursday.