With Jamaal Williams (ankle) already banged up and Aaron Jones suspended for the first two games of the regular season, the Packers had another injury scare when Montgomery was removed from Friday's preseason game in Oakland. Fortunately for the team, both Montgomery and Williams are battling minor issues that could be resolved before Week 1. Assuming the foot injury is confirmed to be minor, Montgomery should serve as a quality pass-catching option out of the backfield, likely sharing snaps with Williams and Jones throughout the season.
Montgomery is getting most of the work with the starting offense in two-minute and no-huddle situations early in training camp, ESPN.com's Rob Demovsky reports.
The converted wide receiver faces questions regarding his durability and running instincts/vision, but there's never been any doubt about his athleticism or his ability to contribute in the passing game. With Aaron Jones facing a two-game suspension and currently sidelined by a hamstring injury, Jamaal Williams unsurprisingly is taking most of the first-team reps in normal down-and-distance situations. Passing downs represent Montgomery's obvious path to a major role, but he could also be a significant part of the rushing attack, particularly while Jones is unavailable.
Montgomery remains a part of the Packers' "running back-by-committee," Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. "Ty can play from the backfield and still has the ability to flex him out and get the matchups we're looking for," head coach Mike McCarthy said Monday.
McCarthy seems intent on utilizing all of the running backs at his disposal in 2018, likely spurred by the varying skill sets of and injuries suffered by the group last year. Montgomery kicked off the previous campaign as the starter, only to endure broken ribs early and season-ending wrist surgery in December. His eight absences paved the way for rookies Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams to make an impact in their own ways. Jones' explosiveness resulted in 5.5 YPC, but a knee injury contained him to five appearances in the second half of the season. Meanwhile, Williams was a workhorse during that stretch, averaging 20.4 touches and 93.3 yards from scrimmage per game and scoring five touchdowns over the final eight contests. Williams would appear to have a leg up based on production and durability alone, but if McCarthy's comments have merit, Montgomery and Jones will also get in on the act in the fall.
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 for the team during 2018. 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.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that Montgomery (wrist) is still considered a running back, but could be earmarked for more of a hybrid role as a back/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." The comments from the team brass 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 depth chart at running back. For all the difficulties he has had staying healthy during his career, Montgomery remains one of the Packers' top playmakers, so deploying him as more of 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.
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|2018||Green Bay Packers||2||0||7||38||5.4||16||0||0||2|
|2015||Green Bay Packers||6||3||15||136||9.1||31||2||1||0||6|
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