For months, one of the biggest topics surrounding the Green Bay Packers has been Eddie Lacy and more specifically, Lacy’s weight, which became a known problem last season.
Well Tuesday, when the Packers opened training camp for the 2016 season, head coach Mike McCarthy put any of those thoughts to bed.
“Eddie’s ready,” McCarthy said before Tuesday’s opening practice of camp. “I think Eddie, just like everybody else outside of the six players on the PUP, all the reports as far as conditioning tests and the physicals and so forth, everybody’s ready to go.”
McCarthy went on to say that he was done talking about Lacy’s weight and that as far as he was concerned, he was ready to go and the topic was finished.
“I’m just going to be frank here: I’m done talking about people’s weight,” McCarthy said. “I’ve never put a guy’s individual weight in the media. That’s not something I talk about, and in Eddie’s particular case, I’ve talked enough about his weight.
“I think there was a lot of drama added to that statement, quite frankly. I felt like I gave an honest answer to a question that I think was obvious. Everybody has things they need to work on, we all do, and frankly, like I said, Eddie’s ready to go.”
Throughout his career, Lacy has been a steady producer and even last season, even though he struggled at times, he still averaged 4.1 yards per carry. (Here’s a reminder of what Lacy can do in case you forgot).
Yet, his rushing attempts dipped to 187 and he caught only 20 passes compared to the 42 Lacy caught in 2015. He simply didn’t have the stamina to carry the load or to finish long runs.
However, Lacy seems to have taken his weight loss seriously and he also appears ready to prove his doubters wrong.
“I’m tired of talking about it,” Lacy said. “I’m pretty sure you all are tired of asking about it. I’m tired of hearing about it everywhere I go. I’m done with that.”
It’s obvious the Packers still believe in him and he still looks to the be the team’s starting running back this season. With his contract coming due and the team with a legitimate chance to win it all in 2016, don’t be surprised to see Lacy roar back, stronger than ever.
“I just had a bad year last year,” Lacy said. “I don’t know any player who didn’t have one bad year. Just got to bounce back.”