When the Green Bay Packers leave town Friday, they’ll be left to their own devices for the five weeks until training camp starts. And you know what they say about idle hands.
Last year, tight end Andrew Quarless used his idle time as an opportunity to get arrested.
Oh, God’s Gifts, you surely will be missed…
What might happen this year? We can only imagine, but the Packers certainly hope Eddie Lacy doesn’t use his downtime to get fat.
That was the theme in Green Bay on Wednesday.
Coach Mike McCarthy addressed it before practice.
“You have your program, you have your internal and then with the rules and regulations of the CBA every player is responsible for their five weeks. And with that, there’s a plan in place,” McCarthy said.
“Eddie in particular, I hope he definitely goes with the plan he used this year as opposed to last year. He’s just like all of our guys. Our strength coach and nutritionist have programs for our guys. There’s plans for who they’re going to work with, where they’re going to work.”
Running backs coach Ben Sirmans, who is in his first season with the Packers, expressed hope that Lacy would continue working with trainer Tony Horton in his off time.
“I’m hopeful,” Sirmans said. “The information I got from what people have told me, it’s helped him. So you always want be able to do things that help people. I hope he’ll do it.”
Lacy has been a good soldier this offseason.
They’re still clearly putting pressure on Lacy through their public comments. Thus far, that seems to have worked.
The next five weeks are a crapshoot, though.