— Brian Carriveau (@BrianCarriveau) July 29, 2013
A photo circulating around the internet of Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy on Monday wasn’t exactly flattering.
There’s no doubt about it, Lacy appeared fat, at least by NFL running back standards. Looking at his picture side by side with one from the team’s offseason program back in May or June, Lacy seemed overweight.
It looks as if Lacy is merely the victim of a poor photo taken at a bad angle, however, as nearly every person on the planet can admit has happened to them as well. Lacy is also wearing football pads in the picture that went viral, which naturally made him look bigger.
If the comments from Mike McCarthy are any indication, the Packers aren’t showing much concern.
“Eddie Lacy going through the conditioning tests, he was fine,” said McCarthy at Tuesday’s press conference. “Anytime our players come in, we have a physical, conditioning tests. If we had concerns about any of our guys, they wouldn’t be on the field.”
There’s any number of other photos and videos taken of Lacy easily found on the internet that can attest he’s not merely as large as perceived to be based on one uncomplimentary snapshot.
Make no bones about it, though, Lacy is not a small man. Listed at 230 lbs. on the team’s website, he’s about as big as they come for a professional football halfback.
McCarthy acknowledged that the Packers’s second round draft choice is large, and he likes it that way.
“Eddie Lacy definitely falls under the category of a big back, and big backs fall forward,” said McCarthy. “You’re seeing James (Starks) and you’re seeing Eddie doing a good job. I thought James had one of his better days today. You obviously coach all your backs to try to do that, but that’s definitely the benefit of big backs. I’ve been fortunate throughout my career to coach big backs. It’s definitely a preference, particularly in that area (red zone).”
Tuesday’s episode of the Dan Patrick Show can help explain how one picture can easily look distorted…