Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy has always been a big guy, but things got out of control during the 2015 season.
Lacy had the worst production of his three-year career, and by the end of the season, Lacy was called out by head coach Mike McCarthy for being overweight. McCarthy sent Lacy a harsh message through the media, telling the running back that he could not "play at the weight he played at this year."
Consider the message received.
Lacy, who reportedly worked with P90X founder Tony Horton this offseason, was spotted with a group of former Alabama teammates looking noticeably slimmer. Yes, Lacy was dwarfed by the Crimson Tide's latest Heisman-winning running back Derrick Henry—a big dude himself at 6' 3" and 247 pounds—while posing in a picture with Henry, Trent Richardson and Mark Ingram. And while Lacy has noticeably carved away most of his fat, he's also maintained a lot of his muscle in his shoulders and chest:
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The Packers started offseason workouts this week and Lacy’s new svelte figure was the talk of camp. Players like quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Jordy Nelson saw the difference right away, while ESPN writer Rob Demovsky reported that Lacy “lost between 15-18 pounds since the end of last season.”
"I was going to crack a joke, but I won't. He looked good. We're glad to have everyone back, get ready to work. That will be for him to answer. I didn't ask him how much he weighed or his percent body fat or how fast he ran,” Nelson told ESPN.
Lacy was one of the top running backs in the league over the last two seasons, rushing for a combined 20 touchdowns and over 2,220 yards, but he took a major step back in 2015. Lacy rushed for less than 800 yards and only scored three rushing touchdowns. Lacy’s weight was one of the main reasons why McCarthy used backup running back James Starks throughout the season.
Clearly Lacy understood the message that McCarthy sent him in the winter.
Even though Lacy lost a bunch of weight, he's still a pretty big dude—Derrick Henry comparisons notwithstanding—and he should have no trouble shedding tackles in 2016.