Perhaps the photo taken of Green Bay Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy at Monday's practice was shot from a bad angle. Perhaps the second-round pick did gain a little weight. But the ensuing concern over the 23-year-old's apparent extra poundage overshadowed what should have been the real story: Lacy dominated at Tuesday's practice.
David Woods of The Score tweeted out the photo seen round the world on Monday:
Wait... did Eddie Lacy EAT Johnathan Franklin? Look at the difference btwn these photos. Just an unflattering angle? pic.twitter.com/AvJDICHT6J— David Woods (@davidpwoods) July 29, 2013
In the full-pads practice on Tuesday, Lacy—listed at 5'11", 230 pounds—bulldozed his way to three touchdowns in the Packers' 11-on-11 red-zone team drills, according to Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin. Most of the time, it was he who was doing the heavy hitting.
Lacy said, per the Fox Sports Wisconsin report:
Today I feel like it was my best day since I've been out here. I was comfortable with everything and I feel like I ran smooth and made good reads and I just the hole the way I was supposed to.
In the process, Lacy drew compliments from head coach Mike McCarthy and receiver Randall Cobb, per the report. Cobb was quick to point out, "It's just a bad angle. It's definitely a bad angle."
Cobb added, "To be the size that he is and be able to move the way he does is very impressive."
Keep in mind, McCarthy also said that Lacy went through the conditioning test and passed, according to the report. Otherwise, he wouldn't have been allowed on the field on Tuesday.
The Packers are hoping Lacy can take the starting job in the backfield and run with it. The bruising, physical back is competing with fourth-round pick Johnathan Franklin, DuJuan Harris, James Starks and Alex Green this offseason. Green led the Packers with 464 rushing yards last season on 3.4 yards per carry, while Starks added 255 yards and a touchdown and Harris posted 157 yards and two touchdowns.
Will Eddie Lacy have a solid rookie season with the Packers?
There is certainly room for Lacy to grab the starting spot if he continues to impress at practice. He was a beast last season at Alabama, rushing for over 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns on 6.5 yards per carry while adding 22 catches for 189 yards and two scores as the Crimson Tide won the national championship.
The No. 61 overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft is going to get touches this season if he continues to run the way he has in practice, especially in short-yardage and goal-line situations.
While Green Bay ranked 16th in the NFL in carries, 20th in rushing yards and 25th in rushing touchdowns last season, the Packers didn't have a consistently dependable running back. Also, Lacy has 10 pounds on the Packers' second-biggest back, Green, which should give him the advantage at the goal line.
Lacy may be the butt of jokes now, but he could have the last laugh in 2013-14.