Ever since the start of his career, Eddie Lacy has fought rumors that he is overweight.
During the course of the 2014 season, Aaron Rodgers apparently mentioned to Lacy that he might want to drop some weight for the next (2015) season.
"I think what he (Rodgers) is getting at is if I'm going to be involved in the passing game this year, and if I want to be a better player, then it might not be a bad idea to, just get a little more agile," Lacy said, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
"I mean, I don't have to. It would just make you better as a player."
Then this year rolled around and Lacy was not exactly smaller. Lacy, though, again denied that his weight was a problem. "I'm not the smallest person," Lacy said. "Brandon Jacobs wasn't the smallest person. Jerome Bettis wasn't the smallest person. Some people can just play like that, not that I'm Jerome Bettis' weight or nothing like that. I'm just saying, not everybody's meant to look like Adrian Peterson or somebody like that."
Packers coach Mike McCarthy initially took Lacy's side on the issue.
"I'm not going to get into guy's weights," McCarthy said in October, per ESPN. "I mean, I've never been asked a question about a guy's weight. But I think players do get bigger in their career. But he's bigger than he was as a rookie."
However, his regression this season has caused his coach to change his tune regarding his weight issues.
"He's got a lot of work to do," Mike McCarthy said Monday, per NFL.com. "His offseason last year was not good enough and he never recovered from it. He cannot play at the weight he played at this year."
The Packers listed McCarthy at 234 pounds this season, but there were rumors during training camp that he weighed as much as 242 pounds.
Lacy averaged only 4.1 yards per carry and his number of carries dropped all the way down to 12.5 per game.
It appears that for all their support of Lacy and his weight, it has come back to bite them only three years into his young career.