Eddie Lacy says it was tough to be a healthy scratch for the first time in his career last week, but that he's just going to "continue to be me."
Last week, as the Seahawks squeezed out a 12-9 win over the San Francisco 49ers, running back Eddie Lacy watched the game from the sideline, a healthy inactive for the first time in his career.
“There’s no positive way to take it,” Lacy said Wednesday before practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton. “I was the most positive I could be. It’s my first time that’s happened to me, or whatever. So I just do what I can do.”
Did the coaches say if was just a one-week deal?
“I have no idea,” Lacy said. “(They said) it’s a numbers thing, whatever that is.”
NFL teams must cut game-day rosters from 53 to 46, and the Seahawks had Chris Carson, Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise as the three tailbacks ahead of Lacy. Lacy’s contract includes an incentive of $62,500 for every game he is active.
Coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that Lacy’s role continues to be a “wait and see” situation and did not provide details as to whether Lacy should expect to be active Sunday when the Seahawks play at Tennessee.
“You have to wait and see at the end of the week,” Carroll said. “But I am really happy that we have the guys that we have and that Thoma got in and played and made it through and came out OK. It gives us all of our options. There are roster issues, you know. There is numbers, you know. We can’t just put everyone up that you want to. We don’t have that freedom, but there is times in the year, when that all gets knocked around like with the players that are injured and all of that. But we are pretty full boat right now, so we have to make those decisions at the end of the week.”
Carroll said that Lacy, who was informed he would be inactive as players got on the bus for the game, has handled the situation well.
“He’s doing fine, yeah he’s doing fine,” Carroll said. “He’s ready to get after it and compete and battle back. He respects Thomas Rawls, he understands that. That’s not what he wants, I don’t want him to accept it, I want him to be wanting to get back out there with everything he’s got, and that’s exactly the way he should be competing. I wish we could’ve had him up, we could’ve used him.”
Stil, it’s not quite how Lacy thought his Seahawks career would go in March when he signed a one-year contract laden with performance and weight-maintenance incentives that is worth up to $4.25 million.
In an ESPN story published Wednesday, Lacy opened up about those weight incentives, telling Kevin Van Valkenburg that when he signed his contract, he assumed the results of the regular weigh-ins would remain private. The ESPN story noted that Lacy’s agency tweeted the results of the first two weigh-ins.
Carroll has indicated that Lacy hit every weight goal in the contract. Each goal came with a $55,000 bonus for Lacy.
“I hate that it has to be public,” Lacy said in the ESPN story. “Because it’s like, if you don’t make it, what happens? Clearly you don’t get the money, but whatever. I don’t really care about that. It’s just more the negative things that are going to come.”
Lacy also revealed in the ESPN story that it’s always been hard for him to lose weight, and said he’s been hurt by the fat-shaming he experienced on social media since his weight increased to 267 pounds after ankle surgery at the end of the 2016 season.
“Sometimes I wish I was a person with high metabolism who could just eat whatever they want and can’t gain a pound,” Lacy said in the ESPN article. “You’ve got certain teammates who are like, ‘Man, it don’t matter what I eat, I can’t gain weight.’ And I’m like, ‘It don’t matter what kind of diet I’m on, it’s super hard for me to lose weight, and it’s so easy for me to put it back on.’ ”
Lacy said he agreed to speak to ESPN for the story about his weight issues “just to pretty much end all conversations about it.”
“From my perspective it is what it is, and there should be no reason to talk about it ever again,” Lacy said.
Carroll agreed with Lacy that he thinks the weight issue does not need to be discussed publicly any longer.
“We’ve talked about this from the moment we started talking to Eddie,” Carroll said. “I told him I was going to support him the whole way, and you know, you guys have asked me the question, you know how we’ve responded, we’ve not made it an issue and it hasn’t been an issue. He had something that he was willing to go for, we were willing to go for it with him, and he did a great job. He’s done everything that we’ve asked of him. I know that there was a significant article and I thought it was from what I understand, I was kind of briefed on it, I think it was an important article. He got to talk about it and a lot of people got to read about it and understand that it’s a difficult situation for people. I don’t know why it became such a big deal, I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to continue to make it such a big deal, but it isn’t a big deal around here.”
Lacy is listed at 5 feet 11 and 250 pounds on the Seahawks’ roster. He weighed 231 pounds when he was picked by the Green Bay Packers in the second round of the 2012 NFL draft, and he averaged more than 1,100 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in his first two seasons.
Lacy, who was a Pro Bowl selection in 2013, is listed on the depth chart as the No. 2 running back behind Rawls, but he had five carries for three yards in the Seahawks’ opener against Green Bay. Last week he watched as rookie Carson erupted for a 20-carry, 93-yard performance that seems to have him positioned to take on the starting role.
“I just gotta continue to be me, go out and practice the same way I’ve been practicing, and see what happens week by week,” Lacy said.