Eddie Lacy is one of the more social media savvy individuals on the Green Bay Packers’ roster, but it was a phone call from a friend on Monday night that alerted him his name was blowing up on Twitter.
It started with a photo in one of the Packers.com galleries from the weekend practices, showing the rookie running back contorting his body to pull in a pass in practice. At first glance, it presented an unfavorable view of where Lacy’s conditioning was entering camp.
For a lack of better terminology, it made Lacy look fat.
It led to many national websites pulling the photo and comparing it to another picture from June’s mini-camp to illustrate the differences, drawing on many scouts’ pre-draft fears about Lacy’s commitment to the game.
On Tuesday, Lacy took a step in dispelling some of those concerns.
“That’s something I don’t too much worry about. That’s an external factor,” Lacy said. “I learned in college to pretty much distance yourself from that. I mean people are going to say what they’re going to say but at the end of the day, I have to do what I have to do, and that’s what I’m doing.”
Listed at 5-foot-11, 230 pounds, Lacy wouldn’t say exactly what his weight is these days, but said he's at a point both he and the organization feel comfortable with.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy echoed those comments after practice, making it clear the team doesn’t have any issue with his conditioning.
During the second day of padded practice, the second-round pick looked the part in red-zone team drills. Although there was no tackling, he showed the ability to get to the second level that the Packers’ offense lacked for most of last season.
On a few carries, the bulling power back displayed made the correct read behind his linemen and the necessary footwork to dodge outside and into the end zone.
“Today I feel like it was my best day since I’ve been out here,” Lacy said. “I was comfortable with everything and I feel like I ran smooth and made good reads and I just the hole the way I was supposed.”
As for his unflattering photo that gained so much notoriety over the last 24 hours, Lacy isn’t reading too much into it.
“It’s something for people to talk about I guess, but that’s not my business,” Lacy said. “I’m here to play football, and that’s what I’m doing.”