Eddie Lacy Reportedly Expected to Lose 30 Pounds by Packers

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistFebruary 1, 2016

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) during an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy is listed as 234 pounds on the team's website. During the 2015 season, however, he didn't look like it. 

On Monday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the Packers want Lacy to lose 30 pounds this offseason, whether it be through camp or a fitness program.  

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has been vocal about Lacy's weight the past few weeks, as Fox Sports Wisconsin noted:

His noticeable weight gain has led to plenty of jokes, as 120 Sports showed:

According to NFL.com's Marc Sessler, P90X creator Tony Horton has already offered to help Lacy slim down for the 2016 season. 

Rapoport added that Lacy was "committed" to shedding weight, as he's coming off of his worst season in the NFL. In 15 games, the three-year back put up career lows in attempts, yards and touchdowns. 

After racking up over 2,200 yards rushing during his first two years in the league, Lacy looked sluggish this season, lacking an explosive first step and the stamina to maintain speed downfield. 

That lack of burst and stamina can be seen in this 61-yard run against the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC divisional round, which the NFL's Twitter account labeled a "rumble":

Lacy's struggles resulted in McCarthy benching him in November in favor of James Starks. At the time, the Alabama product even admitted to Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Starks was "the better player between the two of us."

Lacy was benched again in December, but that was because he missed team curfew

Without a bona fide starting running back along with a hobbled quarterback in Aaron Rodgers, the Packers went 10-6 and lost in the divisional round to the Cardinals. 

If Lacy is able to recapture the magic of his first two seasons, he'll give the Packers offense an additional dangerous dimension that doesn't just rely on Rodgers. It will likely only help Green Bay's chances of advancing deeper into the postseason next year. 


Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com