Staying in football shape was an issue for Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy during the 2015 season — so much that head coach Mike McCarthy called out Lacy’s offseason training during his end-of-the-year press conference.
New Packers running backs coach Ben Sirmans has recently spoken with Lacy, and he confirmed the 25-year-old is on the right track toward getting himself ready for the 2016 season.
“He seems like a great person. You can tell and get the sense that he’s very hungry this year to really get ready to get after it.”
An interesting choice of words for a player who by some estimates was 30 pounds above his listed weight of 235 pounds last season. Lacy followed up an excellent 2014 season with a disastrous 2015. After racking up 1,566 total yards from scrimmage and 13 total touchdowns in 2014, he finished with just 946 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns last season.
On Thursday, McCarthy confirmed that he shares Sirmans’ confidence that Lacy’s conditioning will improv, per ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.
“Eddie Lacy’s conditioning and so forth is something I have great confidence will improve or is improving as we speak, and he’ll learn from his performance last season.”
Lacy will enter the final year of his rookie contract in 2016, which should serve as motivation for him to get into top shape and stay that way.