Montgomery (wrist) participated in the first session of OTAs on Tuesday, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports. Wood didn't mention any limitations for Montgomery, so it's fairly safe to assume that he has recovered from the wrist surgery he underwent in early December. Montgomery is expected to fill a hybrid role for the Packers this season, working as both a running back and a receiver. He began his career in Green Bay as a wide receiver but emerged as a running back in 2016, averaging 5.9 yards per tote for the Green and Gold. Montgomery struggled to replicate that output last season, however, averaging only 3.8 yards per carry. Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones figure to factor heavily into the backfield workload in 2018, while Montgomery should receive plenty of touches both in the backfield and out wide. However, it remains to be seen how his volume will be impacted by the change in role.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that Montgomery (wrist) is still considered a running back, but could be prepped for more of a hybrid role as a tailback/receiver if he can stay healthy in 2018, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. According to Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, first-year Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst essentially echoed McCarthy's sentiments, calling Montgomery a "very, very versatile player" and "a guy we can kind of plug him in where we need him." Those comments mark a dramatic departure from last offseason, when Montgomery, who entered the NFL in 2015 as a wideout, was labeled a full-time running back after a promising trial at the position in the second half of the 2016 campaign. Montgomery wasn't able to replicate that success, however, upon opening the past season as the Packers' starting back, finishing with just 3.8 yards per carry on 71 totes while missing eight games due to cracked ribs. It's expected that Montgomery will be back to full strength by the time training camp arrives, but the emergence of rookie runners Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams last season means that Montgomery will likely rank no higher than third on the backfield depth chart. For all the difficulties he has had staying healthy during his career, Montgomery remains one of the Packers' top playmakers, so deploying him as a hybrid or gadget player could be an effective way to limit his wear and tear while still giving the offense an element of explosiveness.
Montgomery (ribs), who was placed on injured reserve Friday, will undergo wrist surgery in the coming days, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Though Montgomery was ruled out for his third straight game Sunday against the Buccaneers due to the rib injuries before being shuttled to IR, it appears his need for wrist surgery was the primary reason behind the transaction. Montgomery should be fully recovered from both issues by the time training camp commences next summer, but the Packers will be forced to ride out the current season with Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams as their primary running backs.
Montgomery (ribs) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. Montgomery hasn't practiced since aggravating his rib injury in Week 10, so it comes as no surprise that he'll miss a third straight game. Jamaal Williams appears to be the favorite to lead the Packers' rushing attack this week, but Aaron Jones (knee) could return from a two-game absence and have a role in the team's game plan, too.
Montgomery (ribs) was listed as a non-participant for Thursday's practice, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, Montgomery wasn't even in attendance for practice -- at least not the portion available to the media -- making it unlikely that he'll be ready to go by the time Sunday's game against the Buccaneers arrives. The absences of Montgomery and Aaron Jones (knee) the last two weeks have allowed Jamaal Williams to act as the Packers' lead runner during that time, but Jones could offer some relief in Week 13. He was limited in practice for the second straight day Thursday.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|6||10/16||San Francisco 49ers||19||17.75|
|8||10/28||@Los Angeles Rams||27||19.00|
|9||11/05||@New England Patriots||17||17.47|
|16||12/23||@New York Jets||24||18.50|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||50||248||2||27||219||1||63|