GREEN BAY — With less
weight and more burst, Green Bay Packers running back
Eddie Lacy is feeling good.
He's not done yet.
Four months after coach
Mike McCarthy called him out publicly for playing at too
heavy of a weight last season, Lacy took part in the
Packers' first open-to-the-public organized team activity
practice of the spring Tuesday. He appeared lighter and
Lacy made it clear that his offseason diet and workout
changes paid dividends.
"I feel like I handled
it well and I held up my end of the bargain," Lacy
said. "It's a process. I've got to keep going and
just keep hoping for the best."
1,100-yard seasons in his first two years in the NFL, Lacy
ran for only 758 yards last season, though his weight was
only one of the reasons. Lacy also was benched for a game
for a curfew violation, was inactive for another game and
saw his playing time curtailed because of an ankle injury
and some fumbling issues.
But his weight certainly
became the focus after McCarthy's public criticism, and
Lacy responded by working with P90X fitness guru Tony
Horton, mixing in basketball and boxing workouts. Lacy
also said he altered his eating habits.
"Some things were
harder than others. But at the end of the day, it's all
about the result," Lacy said. "Whether it's fun
or not, you've just got to get it done."
Asked if he was bothered by
McCarthy's comments after the team's season-ending playoff
loss to Arizona in January, Lacy replied, "We're all
grown men. Whether he calls me out, I just have to take
care of that responsibility. You don't get mad or lash out
or anything like that. You just take it as it is what it
is and make it go away."
Judging from McCarthy's
comments Tuesday, the coach wants to see more progress
from his running back.
"Eddie's like a lot of
our team right now. We've got a lot of work to do,"
McCarthy said. Later, when asked if he was happy with
where Lacy is, McCarthy replied, "Yeah, so far so
good. . Eddie will be fine. I believe he'll hit the target
that we're all looking for when the lights come on."
The Packers also believe
that wide receiver Jordy Nelson, who missed all of last
season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right
knee suffered in an Aug. 23 preseason game, is on target
to be ready for training camp and the team's Sept. 11
season opener at Jacksonville.
During Tuesday's practice,
Nelson took part in the team stretching period but then
departed practice for a time and went inside. Nelson
emerged later in practice and ran routes and made cuts on
his own while catching passes from an assistant coach.
McCarthy indicated that the
next step will be to have Nelson work against a defender,
then eventually return to 11-on-11 drills.
"I know what I need to
do and want to do to be ready to go come training camp,
and that's where we just need to get to," Nelson
said. "So, when I leave here at the end of the
minicamp, I'm ready to go, I don't have anything to worry
about come August. That's just where I want to get to, and
we'll be there."
The Packers have two more
weeks of OTA practices before their mandatory full-squad
minicamp June 14-16.