The Green Bay Packers made a commitment to the future of their running game in April when they drafted two running backs -- former UCLA standout Johnathan Franklin and ex-Alabama star Eddie Lacy. However, only one of them is making big headlines out of Packers training camp.
Speculation regarding Lacy's weight exploded in the Twitterverse earlier this week after theScore.com's David Woods tweeted an unflattering comparison photo of the running back:
Wait... did Eddie Lacy EAT Johnathan Franklin? Look at the difference btwn these photos. Just an unflattering angle? pic.twitter.com/AvJDICHT6J— David Woods (@davidpwoods) July 29, 2013
Even though some of Lacy's teammates used the photos as an excuse for a little rookie ribbing, Lacy told reporters Tuesday that he's satisfied with his level of conditioning.
“I'm at a weight where I'm comfortable at, and the coaching staff feels as though they're comfortable where I'm at,” Lacy said, according to the Associated Press. “So as far as that's concerned, we're all on the same page. I've always been big. I'm a power back. I pretty much get the tough yards and I'm fast enough to get around the outside and make big plays.”
Packers Coach Mike McCarthy also doesn't have an issue with Lacy's weight or conditioning.
“Going through the conditioning test, he was fine,” McCarthy said. “If we had any concerns about any of our guys conditioning-wise, they wouldn't be on the field.”
So it appears Lacy was more the victim of an unflattering photo angle than a guy whose waistline has been held hostage by some off-season junk-food binge. The video clip below also appears to prove Lacy is fit enough to make a valuable contribution in Packers training camp: