Eddie Lacy says he’s ready to go, which is good news for Green Bay Packers fans given his disappointing third season in 2015. Lacy said he is physically and mentally ready to start the season, according to ESPN.
This is important as Lacy has had his conditioning and mindset questioned by fans and even head coach Mike McCarthy. His own coach called him out for being overweight this offseason, and there was an incident last season when he missed curfew on the evening before a game.
After impressing with 1,178 yards as a rookie and 1,139 yards in his second season, Lacy managed just 758 yards last season. His per-carry average wasn’t terrible, at 4.1 yards, but ultimately the Packers running game wasn’t nearly as effective as it should have been. Fortunately, Green Bay has Aaron Rodgers throwing the football, but Lacy was a second-round pick for a reason.
Lacy is entering his fourth year in the league and by all accounts, the Packers are excited at what he can bring to the table. He averaged 5.7 yards per carry on 20 attempts in the preseason, and looked great doing it. Lacy has clearly lost the extra weight he was carrying and now he’s ready to go.
The Packers will be favored to best the Jacksonville Jaguars in their season opener on the road on Sunday. They would be favored even without Lacy, but taking as much pressure off of Rodgers as possible should be the goal and they can do that with a healthy, productive Lacy.