Eddie Lacy has reportedly gained back all the weight he lost in the offseason
The Packers running back spent the offseason working out and dropping pounds
Well, six weeks into the season it appears that the Packers running back is back to square one. According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter, Lacy has regained all the weight he lost in recent months and is anywhere from 255-265 pounds.
That's the bad news.
The good news is that it hasn't affected his performance, because he's averaging 5.1 yards per carry. Unfortunately he'll miss Thursday's game against the Bears because of an ankle injury, one that landed him on injured reserve.
Whether the team will want Lacy to drop weight again is unclear, particularly given his strong start to the season. That said, back in January coach Mike McCarthy left little room for interpretation when he said of Lacy, "He's got a lot of work to do ... he cannot play at the weight he played at this year."
Also unclear: What the Packers consider Lacy's optimal playing weight.
"The numbers that have been out there about his weight are inaccurate," McCarthy said in February. "The Green Bay Packers have never, ever asked him to lose 30 pounds. That's totally out of the realm of what we're talking about. That's the facts there.
"Everybody's genetics are different. Eddie is a guy that he might gain weight but it's muscle. He's a thick muscle density guy. ... He's a lot bigger and stronger man than he was as a rookie. It's clear in the weight room and everything that he does."
Maybe expectations are part of the problem. In October 2015 Lacy made it clear that he'll never look like, say, Adrian Peterson.
"I'm not the smallest person," he explained at the time. "Brandon Jacobs wasn't the smallest person. Jerome Bettis wasn't the smallest person. Some people can just play like that, not that I'm Jerome Bettis' weight or nothing like that. I'm just saying, not everybody's meant to look like Adrian Peterson or somebody like that."
Hey, embrace who you are, Eddie -- Bettis rode the bus all the way to Canton.
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