To say the least, 2015 was a tough season for Packers running back Eddie Lacy. The career starter lost touches to James Starks, battled injury, and rushed for just three touchdowns on the year.
However, after training with Tony Horton, the founder of the famous “P90X,” right after the season ended, it appears Lacy is back on track to succeed in 2016.
After a suggestion by coach Mike McCarthy to lose even more weight in the summer, Lacy followed his coach’s advice. It turns out Lacy went back to train with Horton this summer in Wyoming and Los Angeles to get back in shape and take a new approach to the 2016 season, according to an ESPN story on Monday. Along with P90X, Lacy played basketball, boxed, as well as participated in many cardio and yoga exercises.
Lacy has historically struggled with weight gain in the offseason, but discipline and focus seem to have played a major role in the early months of 2016.
In 2015, Lacy rushed for just 758 yards on 187 attempts, his first NFL season under 1,000 yards. Though he led the team in attempts and yardage, his role was largely one piece of a platoon with Starks, who showed sparks of excellence throughout the season. Lacy rushed for 100 yards in only three games last season, and was 20th in the league in yardage after finishing in the top 10 in both seasons prior.
The Packers open the preseason in the Hall of Fame Game against the Indianapolis Colts on August 7th, and Lacy looks to lead the charge as the current starting running back on the depth chart.
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