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Since the Packers’ season ended, everyone has wondered whether Eddie Lacy would take P90X creator Tony Horton up on his offer to train with him this offseason.
Well, we now have photographic evidence of the partnership.
One of Horton’s training partners, Bobby Stephenson, posted a photo on his Facebook page of a noticeably slimmer Lacy and Horton following a Tuesday morning workout in Los Angeles with the caption: “Crushing Shoulders and Arms P90X Style with T, Fifer, Scanga and new bud Eddie!!”
Packers coach Mike McCarthy confirmed at last week’s NFL scouting combine that Lacy was working Horton, but didn’t offer many details. A part of the training regimen has Lacy splitting his offseason between Wyoming (you may have noticed the snowmobiles and wandering moose on his Instagram account) and California.
After tallying 3,001 total yards in his first two NFL seasons, Lacy’s career took a downturn in 2015 after he reported to training camp overweight. He was benched twice over the course of the season due to productivity and missing curfew before a Dec. 4 game in Detroit.
Lacy had a few big games, but ultimately finished with a career-low 758 rushing yards, 188 receiving yards and only five touchdowns after scoring 24 in his first two NFL seasons. He also fumbled a career-high four fumbles (two lost). His position coach, Sam Gash, was fired two days after the Packers' playoff loss in Arizona.
McCarthy called out Lacy during his season-ending news conference, saying he “cannot play at the weight he played at this year.” Multiple NFL sources estimated Lacy was about 20 pounds over his listed playing weight of 234 pounds. At the scouting combine, McCarthy told reporters how impressed he's been with how Lacy has responded.
There's a lot on the line in 2016 for Lacy, who turns 26 in June and is entering the final year of his rookie contract.
“Trust me, it’s been addressed, it’s talked about, researched, the education and all that is there,” McCarthy said. “Eddie will take care of business. I have great confidence that he will. I think we’ll see definitely a different guy in April, and more importantly in July.”
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