Fresh off the back of a 1,139 yard, nine touchdown season in 2014, the 2015 NFL campaign was supposed to be the next step in the flourishing career of Eddie Lacy.
Instead, the Green Bay Packers running back found himself splitting reps with James Starks as he produced his first sub-1,000 yard season as a pro. Clearly out of shape and overweight, Lacy became a subject of derision amongst NFL fans and encurred the wrath of Green Bay staff.
It looks like the RB has used the offseason to address the issue, however, with reports claiming Lacy returned to the Packers facility this week having lost a significant amount of weight.
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According to ESPN's Rob Demovsky, citing a source with knowledge of the situation, Lacy reported for the beginning of the Packers' offseason program having lost between 15 and 18 pounds since the end of the 2015 season.
Listed by the Wisconsin franchise at 235 pounds last year, that puts the new streamlined Lacy at around the 215-220 lbs mark.
The report comes on the back of photos on social media this week in which the 2013 second round pick is seen looking very trim next to 2016 draft prospect Derrick Henry (who looks huge):
Lacy's weight has often fluctuated during his time in the NFL and he has been criticised for it. At the tail end of last season, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy even admitted Lacy couldn't expect to play in 2016 at the weight he was in 2015.
Fortunately for the Alabama product, he seems to have heeded the warning and has clearly been working hard in preparation for his fourth year in the league.
Again according to ESPN, Lacy has been been working out with Tony Horton for the past three months in a bid to address his weight issues. Horton is the founder of P90X, an exercise regime that has had huge commercial success in recent years.
The back's Green Bay teammates, including Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson, were quick to notice the offseason transformation too - telling reporters yesterday that Lacy was "looking good" when the team met up on Monday.
If Lacy is able to maintain a more streamline physique into the 2016 season it will be a huge boost for the Packers as they look to bounce back from an up and down 2015 campaign.
Before his 758 yard effort last time out, the 25-year-old had 2,317 yards and 20 touchdowns in his first two years in the NFL. Having him back to that form will add a much needed edge to Green bay's offense.
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