Mike McCarthy asked, Eddie Lacy responded.
Eddie Lacy has lost weight.
It doesn’t take an expert to see that Lacy was carrying more than just a few extra pounds last season. While still effective at times, he was bigger, slower, and far less dominant than the Packers and fans alike expected him to be.
It was painfully obvious to see that Lacy was not playing to his full potential.
The numbers agree, as fantasy owners definitely noticed. Lacy was projected as a top five draft pick by most major fantasy experts, but finished 26th among all running backs in total fantasy points. That’s one spot below teammate James Starks, per NFL.com.
After the NFL Divisional round loss in Arizona, coach McCarthy spoke to the issue at hand:
Well, I mean Eddie Lacy, he’s got a lot of work to do. I think I’m stating the obvious. His offseason last year was not good enough and he never recovered from it. I had a chance to talk to Eddie today and that was pretty much the majority of our whole conversation. So he has to get it done because he cannot play at the weight that he played at this year.
It looks as though Eddie has responded in a big way.
The creator of P90X, Tony Horton, reached out to Lacy in January and offered to help him lose the weight and get back to his 2013 Offensive Rookie of the Year form. Not only was he a bruising back, tough to stop at the line of scrimmage, but he could bounce it to the outside and actually beat linebackers to the edge with his speed.
Judging by this picture, it looks as though P90X has made a difference, and Eddie Lacy is determined to have a much improved 2016 season.
All signs point toward a tailback with speed and tremendous power, a scary weapon lined up beside two-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
His motivation could be for a number of reasons. Mike McCarthy told him to lose weight, and he’s doing what his coach asked of him. He’s intrinsically motivated to play at the highest level he can. He’s going into a contract year, and knows the financial impact of his fitness this season.
I am not going to speculate. Whatever it takes to get results, that’s what the fans want. It’s what the Green Bay Packers need: A faster, stronger, more determined Eddie Lacy.
I look forward to writing about an elite running back again this fall.