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Alabama NFL Roundup: Eddie Lacy is never going to be skinny, can we move on?

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No one in Green Bay wants to talk about Eddie Lacy's weight anymore.

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He's skinny enough to play and big enough to get it done

Eddie Lacy’s weight is a tired subject | Superior Telegram

"I’m tired of talking about it," said Lacy, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract. "I’m pretty sure you all are tired of asking about it. I’m tired of hearing about it everywhere I go. I’m done with that." McCarthy also bristled when asked about Lacy’s weight at the start of camp. "I’m just going to be frank here — I’m done talking about people’s weight," McCarthy said. "I’ve never put a guy’s individual weight in the media, that’s not something I talk about, and in Eddie’s particular case, I’ve talked enough about his weight. "Everybody has things they need to work on, we all do, and frankly, Eddie’s ready to go."

He's ready to go, even though I doubt Lacy is the 234 he's listed as presently.

No surprise there

Chris Ivory expected to start over T.J. Yeldon for Jacksonville Jaguars - UPI.com

Last season, rookie T.J. Yeldon compiled 1,019 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns, but only played in 12 games due to a knee injury. Now it looks like a hard running veteran could unseat the 22-year-old with fresh legs. Chris Ivory rushed for 1,070 yards and seven touchdowns on 247 carries for the New York Jets last season. He escaped to Jacksonville this offseason, signing a five-year, $32 million deal. Ryan O'Halloran of Jacksonville.com believes the 28-year-old has shown enough to become the "initial starter" in front of Yeldon. "Asked about Yeldon's offseason, [coach Gus] Bradley first mentioned his improvement in pass protection," O'Halloran wrote. "Reading between the lines would suggest they have Yeldon ear-marked for a regular third down/fill-in early-down role and Ivory as the initial starter."

Chris Ivory has been begging to be an every down player with two organizations, but, with his aging legs and Yeldon's superior pass catching, I wouldn't expect it to stay that way over the life of the deal. Whoever stays the healthiest wins this one.

COKER DEEP BALL!

Arizona Cardinals Quarterback Battle is Fun to Watch - Revenge of the Birds

Through two practices the narratives of Barkley being a proficient short game passer is true. Our own Blake Murphy even raved about Barkley's seemingly improved arm strength. Yet he's living close to the line of scrimmage and through the check downs.

On the flip side we have Jake Coker. Coker has been showing off his arm strength at every opportunity, pushing the ball deep and showing a willingness that Bruce Arians loves in his quarterbacks. The issue, Coker has wild bouts of inconsistency, which is worse that Barkley's unwillingness or inability to push the ball down the field.

The early knock on Coker has been his inconsistency, an issue that plagued him in 2015 and saw him backing up Blake Sims in 2014. He and Matt Barkley are battling for backup 3rd spot at the moment, with the loser likely to be leaving town.

Pencil him in as a starter

2016 Seahawks Preview: Can Rookie Defensive Linemen Make An Instant Impact? | Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks haven’t often been willing to part with extra picks in order to move up in the draft under general manager John Schneider, but twice this past April they did just that, both times taking defensive linemen—Jarran Reed in the second round, and Quinton Jefferson in the fifth—a sign of just how much they wanted to acquire both of those players. In Reed, the Seahawks might have found a starter to replace Brandon Mebane, who left in free agency, while Jefferson is a versatile lineman capable of playing multiple positions in sub-packages.

Jarran Reed was your steal of the draft. I still think he was the best, most versatile lineman on last year's defensive line with Allen being a close second. Pete Carroll knows a thing or two about defense; Reed is going to be a Seahawks mainstay.

THE'Shawn

Lions’ best players: No. 20 A’Shawn Robinson may have valuable role

Why he’s No. 20: The Lions were pleasantly surprised when Robinson was still on the board midway through the second round. He has the makings of a top-shelf run-stuffer down the road, but most likely will be a rotational player to start the year. He’s a bit of an unconventional choice for these rankings given the Lions’ depth at defensive tackle, but Haloti Ngata and Tyrunn Walker missed time with injuries last year, Caraun Reid is coming off ankle surgery and Reid and Stefan Charles missed time this spring. Robinson won’t put up big statistical numbers, but he should be a solid role player down the stretch. 2016 projection: It’s not a given that Robinson will be active for every game this year, but he’s a talented player who should push his way into the rotation at some point. Don’t expect more than 25 tackles, but he’ll be a part of any success the Lions have against the run.

The plan is to work A'Shawn in the rotation early, primarily against the run, while he improves his pass rush. This will be a learning curve for A'Shawn to become an everydown NFL calibre DT, even though the raw talent is plainly there.

Knee Milliner, amirite?

Dee Milliner 'praying and hoping' for first injury-free season with New York Jets | AL.com

"I feel great," Milliner said. "Just been doing what I'm supposed to do -- my maintenance, continuing to stretch, keep my flexibility. Just been trying to do everything possible to stay healthy." But that was essentially the same report that Milliner gave about himself in the first week of training camp last year. Then on Aug. 6, he tore a tendon in his right wrist at practice. The injury kept Milliner on the sidelines for all but the final five games of the 2015 season. When he returned, his playing time was limited to special teams. Since being selected with the ninth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Milliner has missed 27 of the Jets' 48 regular-season games.

Don't forget that Milliner missed all of 2014 with a blown achilles. Here's to a healthy season (finally) for the Alabama shutdown corner.

Purple Drank

Insider Buzz: McClain Abusing Codeine, Return to Cowboys 'Almost Impossible' | Bleacher Report

Is Rolando McClain abusing codeine? Is he out of shape? How much weight has he gained? Do the Dallas Cowboys think he will ever play for them again?

Yes. Yes. By 40 pounds. No, they do not. (Saved you a click.)

Damn, Ro.

Not so fast...

Ravens coach defends Trent Richardson, doesn't close door on his return | AL.com

Of Richardson's release, Harbaugh said, "It was strictly health" and added the Ravens might consider bringing back the running back if he could get healthy.

"Trent has an opportunity to come back in the future," Harbaugh said at his Wednesday press conference. "(Ravens general manager and executive vice president) Ozzie (Newsome) had a conversation with him about that. I talked to him at length about a lot of things -- about life and his career -- but also about potentially coming back. He's definitely still on our radar."

Richardson, who never really had that many injury issues in college, has struggled to stay in shape this season largely because of his health. His attitude and conditioning have greatly improved, and, if he can get and stay healthy, a comeback in Baltimore is still possible.