ASHWAUBENON - Eddie Lacy was a big-play running back while helping Alabama win its second straight BCS title last season and that's a big reason the Green Bay Packers made him a second-round pick.
However, less than a week into training camp the biggest news surrounding Lacy is he's big … maybe bigger than needed. A photo of Lacy floated through Twitter on Monday showing Lacy might have a bulge.
A day later the 5-foot-11, 230-pound Lacy downplayed the photo.
"That's not something to worry about the external factor, something I learned in college, to distance yourself from that," Lacy said. "People are going to say what they are going to say and I have to do what I have to do and that's what I'm going to do."
Coach Mike McCarthy wasn't concerned either.
"Eddie Lacy went through the conditioning tests, he was fine," McCarthy said. "Any time our players come in, we have a physical, conditioning test, so if we had any concerns about our guys conditioning-wise they wouldn't be on the field."
GM Ted Thompson drafted Lacy and preferred to talk about what he has to offer.
"(Lacy's) definitely got a natural ability to get north and south off of cuts and run behind his pads," Thompson said. "So far so good."
Bulaga will have his chance
Bryan Bulaga started his first three seasons at right tackle but now Bulaga is moving to left tackle. The Packers want their best tackle protecting QB Aaron Rodgers' blindside, so Bulaga is moving to a position he played in college.
"He was playing left tackle when we drafted him," Thompson said. "That's why the staff moved him there. He looks fine; we'll see."
Last year, Marshall Newhouse started at left tackle but now he is battling for a starting spot at right tackle.
Favre, Packers making up
It appears the relationship between former Packers QB Brett Favre and the Packers is on the mend.
There's been talk this offseason about retiring Favre's number, although not this season, and Thompson is pleased where the relationship is.
"I think it's wonderful," Thompson said. "We're talking about this place and what it means to people. The man played here for a long, long time and was a marvelous football player. It means a lot to the Packers for Brett to be remembered in a good light."
Bishop release speaks of LB depth
Many were surprised when the Packers released linebacker Desmond Bishop, who has since signed with the Vikings. After starting 12 games in place of an injured Nick Barnett, Bishop recorded 103 tackles and three sacks during the 2010 season and then signed a 4-year, $19 million deal in the offseason.
Then in 2011, he had 115 tackles and five sacks. Bishop appeared to be an anchor of the defense, but then suffered a season-ending hamstring injury in preseason last year.
Healthy again, Bishop was ready to return, but the Packers didn't need him, in their eyes.
"It speaks well to the growth of our depth at the position," Thompson said. "I wish he had gone somewhere else."
- McCarthy on DE Mike Daniels' play in camp: "I think Mike Daniels definitely has a lot more pop. He's even playing some of the tougher techniques for his body type better."
- Thompson on competition for roster spots: "I do think this year there are a lot of guys that are vying for the 53-man roster. I think they have legitimate chances."
- McCarthy on practice after day off: "Usually after a day off you don't usually start the way you want, but I thought the start was good. Watching the team periods particularly, there was some back and forth, offense made some plays, defense made some plays offense running the ball, I think we definitely took a step forward today."
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