Perhaps no Green Bay Packers narrative from 2015 drew more national attention than running back Eddie Lacy's weight gain over the course of the season. By all accounts, Lacy has trimmed down since the team played its last game and looks to further improve his conditioning as the team approaches training camp in July.
Still, to assist in determining how much progress Lacy has made, the Packers have taken a new approach.
Rather than focus on a player's body-mass index (BMI), the Packers have begun looking at body composition instead. Using something called a DXA scan, the team's medical staff can map out an individual's bone, muscle and fat mass for each part of the body. Apparently, this method gives a better indication of conditioning, something players like running back Eddie Lacy have struggled with in the past.
Most of the draft-day talk surrounding Trevor Davis pertained to his speed -- the wideout reportedly clocked as low as 4.37 seconds in the 40-yard dash -- but he likely needs to provide something of value on special teams for the Packers to save him a roster spot. That doesn't necessarily mean work as a returner either, as special teams coordinator points out. Green Bay has enjoyed strong special-teams coverage work from another Day 3 receiver (Jeff Janis), so it should come as no surprise that they see Davis contributing in a similar fashion early on.
With so many of the Packers' rookies unable to participate in OTAs earlier this month, the team used Skype to help communicate with the absent players for scheme installations. Though not a substitute for practice work, the calls helped the rookies avoid some simple mistakes when they finally arrived for mandatory minicamp this week.
Because of the NFL rule restricting offseason participation for draft picks from quarter-system schools prior to the conclusion of classes, first-round pick Kenny Clark remained at UCLA until this week. For that reason, he found himself in the weight room across campus for two hours during the horrific murder-suicide that claimed the life of a university professor. Though it didn't affect him directly, the rookie's comments reflect sadness all the same.
Several teams opened up their checkbooks for star players over the past few weeks, with everyone from Fletcher Cox to Keenan Allen signing lucrative extensions. Several more -- in particular Andrew Luck and Alshon Jeffery -- can expect megadeals of their own in the near future. Considering the magnitude of the windfalls, the Packers’ new contracts for defensive lineman Mike Daniels (four years, $41 million) looks like a bargain by comparison.