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Mike McCarthy says Eddie Lacy is not out of shape

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Packers running back Eddie Lacy was the subject of a great deal of scrutiny this week when unflattering pictures from training camp surfaced. And “unflattering pictures” is just a nice way of saying he looked fat. Or maybe Gilbert Brown came out of retirement and put on Lacy’s uniform.

But Packers coach Mike McCarthy said today that pictures can be deceiving, and Lacy is in good enough shape to do everything asked of him at practice.

“Going through the conditioning test, he was fine. If we had any concern about any guys they wouldn’t be on the field,” McCarthy said, via Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com.

Lacy did weigh in at 238 pounds at last month’s minicamp, which was seven pounds heavier than he weighed at the Combine in February. So it’s possible that he added some body fat while recovering from offseason toe surgery. But reports out of Packers camp suggest that he is running the ball well. So for the Packers, Lacy’s weight should be of no concern.

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88 Responses to “Mike McCarthy says Eddie Lacy is not out of shape”
  1. h3min1230 says: Jul 30, 2013 12:37 PM

    With that Oline, I would be absolutely shocked if he averages over 3.2 yards a carry.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 30, 2013 12:37 PM

    Mike bristled at suggestions that Eddie Lazy wasn’t working hard in the off season.

  3. Norseman says: Jul 30, 2013 12:38 PM

    When you have the ‘bust’ stink about you, this sort of thing happens.

  4. pillowporkers says: Jul 30, 2013 12:40 PM

    No, he’s not out of shape he just has 4 toes cuz two are fused together.

  5. cardmagnet says: Jul 30, 2013 12:40 PM

    Dude is like Kirby, just eating every defender that gets in front of him. No wonder he is moving the ball well.

  6. 7ransponder says: Jul 30, 2013 12:40 PM

    Conditioning test eh? Is this the same test the Packers org uses year after year to test the injury-laden product they put on the field? The same one they use to judge the merry-go-round of RBs at GB?

    Not sure I’d trust that…

  7. losangelesbillsofbuffalo says: Jul 30, 2013 12:41 PM

    Here’s how you get to the bottom of this: ask Mike McCarthy if he thinks Mike McCarthy is out of shape. His answer will give you an accurate assessment of his ability to judge whether or not someone is out of shape.

  8. schmitty2 says: Jul 30, 2013 12:42 PM

    Weight is the 2nd most important thing Lacy needs to worry about at this point. The first is beating out a very underated Jonathan Franklin for the starting rb job.

  9. seabrawk12 says: Jul 30, 2013 12:43 PM

    Leave the guy alone, he’s just hungry for football like the rest of us.

  10. jazsrt says: Jul 30, 2013 12:43 PM

    As explaining by Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the first day of padded practice included extensive “shoves, taunts and curse words”
    ____________________________________

    Perhaps the defense should call him names-

    That appears to be the technique they’re using to increase the intensity on their side of the ball (per the article yesterday)…

  11. mvp43 says: Jul 30, 2013 12:44 PM

    He looks big but not fat by any means. He just plowed over 3 guys in a red zone drill. Yes, he’s big but that’s why they drafted him. He’s actually got pretty good feet and he can catch the ball out of the backfield as well.

  12. clowntown1 says: Jul 30, 2013 12:50 PM

    people will not believe GB has a running game until they actually see it, but I watched practice in person over the weekend and Lacy is a beast…crazy strong and he is going to be hard to tackle. The Packers biggest problem last year was third and short…not this year. With a full head of steam Lacy can get one or two yards all by himself. Dude is a huge, incredibly powerful kid. He may only last a few years with his style but I will take it. He demands bringing a safety down to help out and when teams do that…..it makes 12 even better.

  13. glynners says: Jul 30, 2013 12:51 PM

    McCarthys next press conference “Lacy is our new right guard”

  14. Kaz says: Jul 30, 2013 12:52 PM

    Pictures don’t lie… I’m glad we didn’t draft the guy.

  15. onbucky96 says: Jul 30, 2013 12:53 PM

    I live 30 minutes from Lambeau. Trust me, its easy to get chunky. You have to work at it to eat healthy. Beer, deep fried goodness, sausages, and even more beer. And that’s just breakfast.

  16. patriots123456 says: Jul 30, 2013 12:53 PM

    Let’s watch him and Geno do wind sprints at the end of practice.

  17. vikings28 says: Jul 30, 2013 12:56 PM

    Lacy will be fine if he has a whole to run through, but the minute he has to side step in the NFL, done deal for him. At Alabama he barely ever got touched before he was already 4 yards down field, at least that’s how it was in the BCS Title Game. NFL is much different.

  18. rtp295 says: Jul 30, 2013 12:56 PM

    Lacy will be fine, not sure how that picture was so unflattering but other pictures from the day showed Lacy looks fine, if they need to him to drop 10 pounds, it will happen.

  19. reesesteel23 says: Jul 30, 2013 12:58 PM

    Fullback

  20. ishallcomment says: Jul 30, 2013 12:59 PM

    That picture that is getting all the hooplah was stretched horizontally which made him look fat.

  21. bennyb82 says: Jul 30, 2013 1:00 PM

    Not a Packers fan, but I am excited to see this guy play. He runs like Steven Jackson…but then again, I could probably do a little running behind Alabama’s line.

  22. stevent92 says: Jul 30, 2013 1:01 PM

    Translation: He’s out of shape.

  23. scorpiox1960 says: Jul 30, 2013 1:06 PM

    He’s not out of shape. After all, a circle is a shape.

  24. ruvelligwebuike says: Jul 30, 2013 1:08 PM

    I’m seriously looking forward to the Eddie Lacy/Johnathan Franklin combo. The Pack has run the ball better than they’re given credit for during the MM era, especially during Grant’s 07-09 seasons, but it’s never been very exciting.

    Can’t wait for these two to get on the field.

  25. nopepper123 says: Jul 30, 2013 1:10 PM

    Maybe he just can’t hide it as well as R. Braun in Wisconsin.

  26. howintensive says: Jul 30, 2013 1:11 PM

    Solid Gilbert Brown reference.

  27. tombradyswig says: Jul 30, 2013 1:14 PM

    Lacy says that Mike Mcarthy is OUT OF SHAPE and looks like a bowling ball!!

  28. gpack22 says: Jul 30, 2013 1:16 PM

    As long as he can finally be the back GB was looking for to pick up 3rd and short I don’t care if he looks like a bowling ball. Defenders won’t enjoy getting hit by that in the 4th quarter!

  29. ososrule says: Jul 30, 2013 1:16 PM

    Nope, of course not…just you and all your clueless, cheesehead fans are out of shape…..

  30. retsiemfoh says: Jul 30, 2013 1:16 PM

    As a bronco fan I’m just really happy we picked Montee Ball over Lacy

  31. thegrey7 says: Jul 30, 2013 1:16 PM

    That’s what happens when you live in Green Bay.

  32. thejuddstir says: Jul 30, 2013 1:18 PM

    He’s not out of shape dammit, that’s how a pear is suppose to be shaped, fat at the bottom.

  33. ubepunkedagain says: Jul 30, 2013 1:19 PM

    Packers will be a 500 team this year. Book it!

  34. @HowdyDoobie says: Jul 30, 2013 1:19 PM

    FEAST MODE.

  35. rolloversports says: Jul 30, 2013 1:23 PM

    I’m not out of shape. Can you pass the cheese curds?

  36. chiadam says: Jul 30, 2013 1:24 PM

    Just get Mr. Burns to pay for the lipo.

  37. dvnelson72 says: Jul 30, 2013 1:25 PM

    Who do you believe, Mike McCarthy or your lying eyes?

  38. gopackgo5212 says: Jul 30, 2013 1:27 PM

    You vikings fans love to talk. That’s all you guys do during the off season. Then once the season starts, you guys retreat back to your holes. Just face it, you guys aren’t a threat to the packers. The bears are more of a threat than the queens.

  39. steeelfann says: Jul 30, 2013 1:27 PM

    You should see the women up there

  40. chi01town says: Jul 30, 2013 1:35 PM

    Naw dont even try to sweep this one under the cheese. Lacy looks fat because he is FAT. the packers are always trying to cover the mole
    in the cheese. Just like bringing back that jail bird and trying to pass him off as an NFL player.

  41. GenXJay says: Jul 30, 2013 1:38 PM

    toughen up fatty.

  42. dublindemonszfl says: Jul 30, 2013 1:54 PM

    He’s not out of shape, he’s fat drunk and stupid. What a way to go thru life.

  43. Thinks For Fun says: Jul 30, 2013 1:55 PM

    He wears a brace on his back that made him look thick in that ONE picture. If you look at all the other shots of him, he just looks solid. If I’m a corner, I wouldn’t wanna tackle that dude.

  44. jusford says: Jul 30, 2013 1:56 PM

    He won’t be an everydown back so why should this matter? The Packers are going to have a 3 back rotation so he’ll probably play only 4-6 snaps as the Packers score within’ 10 plays per drive to the endzone.

  45. chi01town says: Jul 30, 2013 1:56 PM

    The packers aint getting away with this oneway. Lacy looks fat because he is FAT. Lacy is just what the media says he is..a BUST! and this time the packers wont be able to hide the mold. they also have plans to put Johnnie purple drank Jolly back on the field. this is the Green bay packers.

  46. fredbavre says: Jul 30, 2013 1:57 PM

    we didn’t draft him to be a lean speed demon. I don’t care what his weight is, as long as he can get us 4 yards when the opposing D knows it’s going to be a run.

  47. taylormade311 says: Jul 30, 2013 1:58 PM

    Am I the only one that laughed at the guy ealier in the comments that said Lacy only has 4 toes.

    What happened to the other foot?

  48. emoney826 says: Jul 30, 2013 2:00 PM

    @ubepunkedagain,

    Wanna put a wager on that? I’ll bet you $100 that the packers finish over .500 this year. What’s $100? It’s chump change. Surely you can wager that since you’re so overly confident.

  49. Talk football or shut your pie hole... says: Jul 30, 2013 2:08 PM

    He’s big and he’s going to be hard to stop in December when the field conditions turn bad.

    The DL guys who are gassed from trying to sack Rodgers and suddenly have this big guy running into them will have their hands full.

    As a Vikings fan I think he’ll be just fine and I’m not looking forward to the Vikings having to stop him.

  50. symxfan says: Jul 30, 2013 2:08 PM

    I’m not sure what happened with that one pic .. looks like someone may have altered it. He looks rock solid in all the other shots I’ve seen of him in camp. He’s not a little back to begin with .. basically goes around 5′-11″, 230.

  51. filthymcnasty1 says: Jul 30, 2013 2:09 PM

    Eddie must be looking forward to humiliating the hapless and tasteless Vikings and Bears again this season – like the Packers have for each of the past 3 years.

    The first time is always special.

  52. Advanced Strength Training Programs says: Jul 30, 2013 2:10 PM

    I didn’t know it was a beauty pageant. When the pads come on, we will all know whether he is in shape or not

  53. floratiotime says: Jul 30, 2013 2:12 PM

    He went on to add that ’round is a shape you know’.

  54. whatjusthapped says: Jul 30, 2013 2:15 PM

    Eddie Lacy has one thing in common with the Viking fans wives, he needs to lose some lbs.

  55. kaepempire says: Jul 30, 2013 2:17 PM

    Not like the Packers even care or know how the run the ball … Him being fat makes Week 1 even easier

  56. footbal1q says: Jul 30, 2013 2:22 PM

    Albert Haynesworth Begs to differ!!

  57. dochighness says: Jul 30, 2013 2:23 PM

    The guy could not even complete his pro day because he was so out of shape. If he can’t be ready for the biggest interview of his life, what makes anybody believe he will put in the work required to succeed in the NFL. Franklin will run away with the starting job and majority of carries, and Lacy will end up being this season’s Curtis Enis.

  58. contra74 says: Jul 30, 2013 2:28 PM

    emoney826 says:
    Jul 30, 2013 2:00 PM
    @ubepunkedagain,

    Wanna put a wager on that? I’ll bet you $100 that the packers finish over .500 this year. What’s $100? It’s chump change. Surely you can wager that since you’re so overly confident.
    —–
    Packer organization has not been living up to the losing end of bets as of late so Im not sure anyone would take you up on this.

  59. grandpoopah says: Jul 30, 2013 2:31 PM

    Ironhead Lacy?

  60. dlr4skins says: Jul 30, 2013 2:36 PM

    He’s not out of shape……….just big boned!

  61. mp4pack says: Jul 30, 2013 3:07 PM

    It’s not possible for a late 2nd round pick to be a “bust”. They would just be a player who didn’t play up to expectations, much like the Vikings never have and never will live up to the expectations their fans have for them in August.

  62. tlmoon2112 says: Jul 30, 2013 3:10 PM

    he’s not out of shape, hes just overhyped!

    ROLL TURD!

  63. bennyblanco99 says: Jul 30, 2013 3:16 PM

    Come on now… Doesn’t anybody remember “The Bus?”

  64. keevel says: Jul 30, 2013 3:22 PM

    I don’t care if he looks like three Najeh Davenports wearing a single tube top.

    Can he pass block? Can he run the ball?

  65. allday28mvpmvp says: Jul 30, 2013 3:50 PM

    gopackgo5212 says: Jul 30, 2013 1:27 PM

    You vikings fans love to talk. That’s all you guys do during the off season. Then once the season starts, you guys retreat back to your holes. Just face it, you guys aren’t a threat to the packers. The bears are more of a threat than the queens.

    ————-

    lol pretty sure last time Ponder and Rodgers went head to head, the Pack walked away losers… correct me if Im wrong

  66. jbaxt says: Jul 30, 2013 3:51 PM

    Te’o doesn’t think he’s overweight. Te’o hopes to prove he’s the lightest and quickest RB in the history of college sports, after all T’eo made Lacy look that way.

  67. rpiotr01 says: Jul 30, 2013 3:54 PM

    He’s not fat, he’s festively plump.

  68. hatesycophants says: Jul 30, 2013 3:55 PM

    He’s not out of shape… for Wisconsin. The average Packers fan’s wife tips the scales at 238 lbs.

  69. immafubared says: Jul 30, 2013 3:58 PM

    Macarthy is the same guy who says the guy has minor injury, then said guy misses six weeks. No one believes anything Mac says. They are on to mix information campaign.

  70. filthymcnasty1 says: Jul 30, 2013 4:11 PM

    So he needs to lose 8lbs?

    The women in MN liken losing 8lbs to throwing a deck chair off the Titanic.

  71. deltaoracle says: Jul 30, 2013 4:18 PM

    If Lacy contributes absolutely nothing when the season starts – IN SEPTEMBER – then the Packers may have to be content with just winning the division again. If he contributes a lot… well, it’s going to be a lot of fun.

  72. mvp43 says: Jul 30, 2013 4:25 PM

    I’m not saying he’s the next Earl Campbell, but at 235 he can do some damage inside. People are really over reacting about these pictures. He’s going to shag a few of those pounds through camp. The Packers want him at 235-240. He’ll be a great contrast to Franklin.

  73. packerfanfordecades says: Jul 30, 2013 4:31 PM

    The photo has been deliberately tampered with / shame on someone.

    I just downloaded it and then experimented with that picture. To make the cross section of the football round, I had to make the photo about 19% more narrow. (It had been stretched horizontally to be about 23% wider than real.)

    Now, it you multiply his 230 pounds by that same 1.23 tamper factor, you come up with 283 pounds ……… which is about what the fraud photo looks like.

    If the guy who tampered with the picture had stretched it 23% vertically, then Lacy would be 7′ 3″ tall and really hard to stop on jump balls.

    I’m really eager to see “Thunder & Lighting” (Mr. Lacy and Mr. Franklin) on the field this autumn. I think some defensive backfields are going to have a hard day playing Green Bay. First they get gassed chasing Franklin on first down, then they get flattened by Lacy on second down, then they gotta stop a laser pinpoint pass on a slant.

    Good luck with that.
    .

  74. bowmanj35 says: Jul 30, 2013 4:43 PM

    I smell a lot of fear coming from the other division teams. So there haven’t been plenty of other 238 lb running backs bowling over people? its been a long time since GB had a solid bruiser. and don’t try to sell me Ryan “couldn’t fall forward for a yard to save my life” Grant. Dorsey Levens the last one I remember.

  75. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jul 30, 2013 5:36 PM

    He’s just trying to fit in with the rest of Wisconsin. Next he’s going to work on drunk and stupid.

  76. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jul 30, 2013 5:38 PM

    McCarthy: “He looked fine to me, but I was looking in a mirror while he was standing next to me.”

  77. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jul 30, 2013 5:38 PM

    McCarthy has personally been overseeing Lacy’s training regimen while they met at the donut shop every morning.

  78. axespray says: Jul 30, 2013 6:46 PM

    allday28mvpmvp says:
    Jul 30, 2013 3:50 PM

    “lol pretty sure last time Ponder and Rodgers went head to head, the Pack walked away losers… correct me if Im wrong.”
    ——————————

    lol, pretty sure last time the vikes drafted a QB, they passed up on Kaepernick and Dalton, then in the 2012 draft, they decided to stick with Ponder instead of drafting Wilson…. FAIL.

    Enough fail to make Winfield and Harvin run off to Seattle.

  79. thepvyharvin says: Jul 30, 2013 7:23 PM

    Will never hold AD’s jock….typical WI chubby….

  80. tokyosandblaster says: Jul 30, 2013 8:35 PM

    thepvyharvin says:
    Jul 30, 2013 7:23 PM
    Will never hold AD’s jock….typical WI chubby….

    —-

    And AD will never hold Rodgers’ jock. Typical Minny loser.

  81. lakermetskins says: Jul 30, 2013 8:45 PM

    He’s a BBBM. There a certain niche’ of women who like’em that way.

  82. bphelps81 says: Jul 30, 2013 9:13 PM

    Jerome Bettis was fat too. He could still tote the rock.

  83. stellarperformance says: Jul 30, 2013 10:21 PM

    It’s always the people in the rear view mirror that have the biggest mouths. They know we have no intention to stop and let them catch up so they just continue spouting off. It nakes them feel good about themselves. The Packers had a better defense than the Vikings last year and it will be even better this year. Add a multi-dimensional rushing game with Lacy the Beast and it will be all over in the division by week eight.

  84. dlhouse18 says: Jul 31, 2013 1:39 AM

    allday28mvpmvp says:
    Jul 30, 2013 3:50 PM

    lol, pretty sure last time the vikes drafted a QB, they passed up on Kaepernick and Dalton, then in the 2012 draft, they decided to stick with Ponder instead of drafting Wilson…. FAIL.

    Enough fail to make Winfield and Harvin run off to Seattle.

    =============================

    Actually the Vikings kicked both of them out. Winfield was released and Harvin was traded. But go ahead and remember things the wrong way in your fantasy land.

  85. atthemurph says: Jul 31, 2013 8:37 AM

    onbucky96 says:
    Jul 30, 2013 12:53 PM
    I live 30 minutes from Lambeau. Trust me, its easy to get chunky. You have to work at it to eat healthy. Beer, deep fried goodness, sausages, and even more beer. And that’s just breakfast.
    ————————————————————-

    You don’t have to work at it. All you have to do is go outside for 45 minutes a day and you will burn off all those calories just trying to stay warm.

    A little fresh air and you’re good! Have another PBR.

    I lived not far from GB for most of my life. Now that I’m down south I have to be much more careful. Those extra brats don’t melt off because it doesn’t get cold and you don’t sweat them off.

  86. emoney826 says: Jul 31, 2013 12:04 PM

    @contra,

    I’m not the packers organization. I’m just a confident fan who’s willing to make a friendly bet. I’ll be more than happy to mail a $100 to whoever wins the bet. It’s not like its $10000. It’s only $100. It’s easy money if you’re so confident. No Viking fan would EVER make this bet though because you know you’ll be losing your money. Talk is cheap. Put your money where your mouth is.

    In two months, half of these troll Viking fans on here will disappear. It happens every year.

  87. immafubared says: Jul 31, 2013 3:43 PM

    I watched ESPN today and Hodges wasn’t saying great things about him – determination, work ethic stuff, lack of seriousness.

    During his talk they had video – not still pictures, but video of him coming out of the backfield to catch passes and to me, he looked not only heavy but slow footed and clumsy. I don’t think he caught a pass either. couldn’t stretch.

    Sad. Hodges said he doesn’t expect much from this guy and maybe the packers shouldn’t either.

  88. lnfinite says: Jul 31, 2013 10:00 PM

    The lard ass will be on IR by game 6.

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