‘Bigger’ Lacy, Smaller Production

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said players "do get bigger" as their careers progress, and running back Eddie Lacy is no different.

Eddie Lacy carried the ball just four times last Sunday against San Diego. It was the fewest carries of his career in a game in which he wasn’t sidelined out by injury.

The Packers won the game and James Starks had a big performance in Lacy’s place. Combine that with a bye week, and Lacy’s disappearing act became a nonstory outside of fantasy football circles.

Nonetheless, Lacy’s sluggish start to the season has raised questions. With 260 yards in six games, Lacy is on pace to rush for about 700 yards – a far cry from his back-to-back 1,100-yard outputs to start his career. Lacy, who was limited early in the season by a sprained ankle sustained against Seattle in Week 2, wasn’t on the injury report for the San Diego game – even though coach Mike McCarthy and offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett said Lacy had been “banged up” and the team wanted to be judicious with his workload.

With that as a backdrop, McCarthy was asked about Lacy’s weight on Wednesday morning.

“I’m not going to get into guy’s weights,” McCarthy said. “But I think players do get bigger in their career. But he’s bigger than he was as a rookie.”

At the Scouting Combine and again at Alabama’s pro day leading up to the 2013 draft, Lacy checked in at 231 pounds. After being listed at 230 pounds as a rookie and again in 2014, the 2015 roster has Lacy at 234.

If weight is an issue, it certainly didn’t look like it during the preseason or the Week 4 game at San Francisco, when Lacy rushed for 90 yards and averaged 5.0 yards per carry on 18 attempts. In the two games since, he carried 13 times for 27 yards vs. St. Louis and four carries for 3 yards (with a fumble) vs. San Diego. He’s caught nine passes this season after catching 42 last year.

Whether Lacy’s production has to do with weight or some other issue, or Starks being the hot hand and the desire for more of a one-two punch, as McCarthy said on Monday, likely will remain a mystery. Last week, McCarthy said conditioning stemming from the ankle injury wasn’t an issue.

“He looks good, just watching him work out and watching his work Monday,” McCarthy said before Wednesday’s practice. “Particularly in the individual stuff, that’s where you try to really stress each position, so I don’t think the injury is affecting him anymore.”

Green Bay Packers
Player (injury): Wednesday
WR Ty Montgomery (ankle): DNP
RB James Starks (hip): DNP
WR Davante Adams (ankle): Limited
S Morgan Burnett (calf): Limited
OLB Nick Perry (shoulder/hand): Limited
DT B.J. Raji (groin): Limited
ILB Nate Palmer (chest): Full

Denver Broncos Injury Report
Player (injury): Wednesday
OLB Shane Ray (knee): DNP
LT Ty Sambrailo (shoulder): Limited
OLB DeMarcus Ware (back): Limited
G Evan Mathis (hamstring): Limited
CB Aqib Talib (ankle): Limited
WR Emmanuel Sanders (shoulder): Limited
S Omar Bolden (foot): Full
ILB Corey Nelson (knee): Full
RB Juwan Thompson (hamstring): Full
TE Owen Daniels (shoulder): Full
RT Ryan Harris (knee): Full

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