Mike McCarthy puts end to weight talk, declares Eddie Lacy ‘ready’
It was explicitly spelled out to Eddie Lacy by the Green Bay Packers organization that he needed to shed some weight this offesason. Mike McCarthy has essentially declared an end to such discussions by proclaiming the running back fit enough for training camp.
The Packers reported to camp on Monday and McCarthy, while hesitant to discuss at any length the exact fitness level of Lacy, declared him good to go.
“Eddie is ready,” McCarthy said, per a tweet from Tom Silverstein of theMilwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I’m done talking about people’s weight. I felt like I gave an honest answer.”
Lacy seemed to hear the Packers loud and clear concerning the need to lose weight, as photographs of the burly back throughout the offseasonshowed he was shedding pounds.
A photograph posted of Lacy strolling into practice this week provided even further evidence of a slimmed-down look.
#Packers RB Eddie Lacy arrives for practice. (Looks good, no?) pic.twitter.com/PYJnXSCdsq
— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) July 26, 2016
Lacy was listed last season at 235 pounds, although that measurement arguably doesn’t represent the entire tale of the tape, or scale, as it were. Some reports suggested Lacy topped out at over 260 pounds last season during an overall underwhelming campaign.
All indications were that Lacy rededicated himself to an improved fitness level since the end of last season, specifically due to his work with P90x’s Tony Horton.
McCarthy earlier this offseason credited Lacy for his better conditioning. Between those comments and McCarthy seemingly putting the kibosh on any further discussion concerning Lacy’s weight, it appears the running back has done enough satisfy the Packers organization as it relates to his newfound commitment to physical fitness.
How that translates to improved production on the field, however, remains to be seen. If he can somehow top his sub-par 187-carry, 758-yard performance from last season, it would go a long way in getting the Packers back on top of the NFC North.