Coming off the worst season of his NFL career, fourth-year Packer Eddie Lacy notoriously took his conditioning seriously this offseason and arrived to Green Bay camp in shape. While the trimmed down Lacy not only looks better, he’s playing better, too.
Following the Packers’ first preseason game, the former Alabama star running back described the notable difference he could feel in his game against the Browns. Lacy converted a third-and-one in the game that had him feeling good after the contest.
“How fast you make the cut,” Lacy said, according to Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “How fast you get north and south out of the cut, and how fast you’re able to put your pad level down. Once you and that defender make contact, who goes backward? Or is it a stalemate?”
His coaches also took notice, most noticeably second-year offensive coordinator, and former Green Bay running back himself, Edgar Bennett.
“You see him finishing runs,” Bennett said. “Look at practice [Sunday], he’s finishing all the way on the other end of the field, getting that conditioning in. We just have to continue down that path being consistent.”
If Lacy can stay on the field and doesn’t get hurt, he’s shown the Packers can rely on him to give them over 1,000 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns. Last season, Lacy scored only three touchdowns and rushed for 758 yards after showing up out of shape.