Eddie Lacy won’t say how much he weighs or how much weight he’s lost, but he believes his offseason training has paid dividends.
“More explosive,” Lacy said on Sunday, two days after the Green Bay Packers’ preseason opener vs. Cleveland.
“Cuts,” Lacy said when asked how he can tell if he’s more explosive. “How fast you get north and south out of the cut and how fast you’re able to put your pad level down.”
Lacy carried four times for 24 yards against the Browns, with a long run of 11. By our count, 18 of those yards came after contact. He got the ball on the first four plays of the game and played most of the opening series before getting the rest of the night off.
“Off to a good start,” offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett said on Sunday evening. “That was one of the goals going into the game. We wanted to run the football, and I think starting the game, that first unit, they did a really nice job of that. Obviously, we were emphasizing the fundamentals, but he did a nice job. Broke tackles, which that’s another thing that we measure our backs – not just our backs, but everyone by – their ability to break tackles.”
Bennett has been pleased with Lacy’s all-around work leading into the upcoming season. That starts with Bennett’s usual starting point: the classroom.
“We talked about this a little bit earlier in training camp as far as just the energy he’s bringing in the classroom environment as well as the detail, and then applying it off field,” Bennett said. “You see him finishing runs. Look at practice today, he’s finishing all the way on the other end of the field, getting that conditioning in. We just have to continue down that path being consistent.”
Lacy wouldn’t say how much more work he needs during the final three preseason games. With four weeks until the season begins at Jacksonville, time’s on his side.
“I don’t think anybody’s where they want to be,” he said. “There’s always room for improvement. We have a great coach (Ben Sirmans) who pinpoints those things. If we do something and get 10 yards, he’s like, ‘Well you could’ve gotten 11.’ It’s always the pressure, like good pressure, of always wanting to do better.”
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