Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) walks off the field
after a 20-12 win over the Oakland Raiders an NFL preseason
football game in Green Bay, Wis., Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016.
GREEN BAY — Eddie
Lacy is rolling again.
The Green Bay
Packers' fourth-year tailback is eager to carry the momentum from a
successful training camp into the season opener on Sunday at
Jacksonville. Tweaks that Lacy made to his offseason conditioning
program appear to have paid off.
yeah. Mentally, totally," Lacy said after practice on
Wednesday. "We'll see it how it goes come game day, but I'm
pretty sure I'll be all right."
The Packers would
love for Lacy to return to the form that made him one of the NFL's
toughest running backs in his first two years in the league. Lacy
rushed for at least 1,100 yards in both the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
But the production
fell off last year to 758 yards and three scores in 15 games. At one
point, James Starks started over Lacy after he had missed curfew the
night before a game. Coach Mike McCarthy called out Lacy after the
season for his weight.
Lacy changed his
conditioning routine in the offseason, and worked out with fitness
expert Tony Horton. Lacy looks leaner, though don't look at the
Packers roster to find out how much weight he may have lost. He's
listed at 5-foot-11, 234 pounds this year, the same weight as last
The results have
shown in practice, and in limited action in preseason games. The
bullish Lacy averaged 5.7 yards per carry on 20 attempts, with one
"When we can
get (Lacy and Starks) rolling, that's when we're at our best,"
center JC Tretter said. "When we can attack teams both on the
ground and in the air, that opens everything up for us, makes both
Moving the ball
proved more than difficult than usual last season for Green Bay.
Besides Lacy's struggles, the Packers didn't have deep-threat
receiver Jordy Nelson because of a knee injury. Quarterback Aaron
Rodgers' other top passing option, receiver Randall Cobb, was slowed
by injuries all season.
Now the whole gang
is back and healthy to start 2016.
Lacy said that he'd
like for the offense to prove that it can play physical with the
ball. It suits his style perfectly, especially in cold-weather games
in December with the playoffs on the line.
"We can run
the ball, (get) tough yards," Lacy said.
But the easygoing
running back doesn't seem to stress out much about wanting to prove
anything for himself. He's confident in the work he did in the
At their best, Lacy
and Starks are an effective complementary combination in the
backfield. Starks is more of an outside-the-tackles slasher. Lacy
can pound defenses inside and spin away from defenders.
want to get into how he's going to divide snaps between Lacy and
"I'm not going
to get into who's doing what," McCarthy said. "But (Lacy)
is going to play. I can promise you that."
NOTES: WR Jeff
Janis practiced fully with large wrap protecting his injured right
hand. Two other special teams standouts, LB Jayrone Elliott and S
Chris Banjo, sat out practice with hamstring injuries. Third-string
TE Justin Perillo (knee) also missed practice. ... The Packers
signed TE Devon Cajuste to the practice squad and released LB