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NFL: Ty Montgomery Headlines Green Bay Packers Backfield

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Packers Ty Montgomery to the Top of the Chart

The Green Bay Packers rushing game has been inconsistent through the past two seasons. When injuries riddled the Packers backfield in 2016, Ty Montgomery stepped up and led the team in rushing. Montgomery showed his versatility en route to earning the starting role. Eddie Lacy was thought by many to lead the backfield, but he spent the majority of his season on the sideline. With the 2017 season in mind, Green Bay also took to the NFL Draft to fill the gaps in the depth chart. The Packers drafted three running backs prior to cutting a couple of backs from last years squad.

All in on Ty Montgomery

After a rookie season plagued with injury, Ty Montgomery was a huge difference maker for the Packers offense in 2016. Surprisingly, he had the biggest effect after moving from receiver over to running back. His move to running back was a catalyst that helped push the Packers to the playoffs. Montgomery averaged 5.9 yards per carry for 457 yards on just 77 carries. In one game during the postseason, he added 95 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

One thing the Packers will not have to worry about going forward is Montgomery’s versatility. He was drafted as a wide receiver, and his hands have not deteriorated. While on his way to becoming the primary running back, Montgomery snagged 44 receptions for 348 yards. According to Pro Football Reference, he had an impressive catch percentage of 78.6 last season.

With a full offseason of running back preparation, Montgomery is looking for more success in the upcoming season. “I was running on instincts… now I know techniques,” he stated in a recent interview with the Packers. He elaborated on his newfound understanding of gaps, linebacker positions and rotations. Furthermore, he now has the keys to be a successful back paired with the instincts.

Run Feast Mode, Run

While defensive tackle Mike Daniels has enjoyed watching Eddie Lacy run, the Packers did not enjoy his weight running up. After a pair of 1100-plus yard rushing seasons, Lacy struggled to stay on the field. In 2015, he averaged just 4.1 yards per carry, a personal low. Last season his production increased to 5.1, but only saw him with the ball 71 times. Lacy did not reach the end-zone and many attributed his issues to his weight. With his availability developing into a concern, Green Bay allowed his contract to expire following the 2016 season. Following a season ending ankle surgery, he is heading to Seattle with a new contract.

Same Place, New Face

Though Ty Montgomery looks like the back of the future in Green Bay, nothing is guaranteed. The Packers still walked away from the draft with three new names to add to the backfield.

Jamaal Williams

Headlining the freshman running backs is Jamaal Williams from BYU. After four years with BYU, he left as the leader in nearly every rushing category at the school. His 1,375 yards and 12 touchdowns last season turned heads in the Packers front office. Williams is a down hill runner, a bruiser that caused 55 missed tackles last year, per PFF. Perhaps most importantly, Williams only fumbled the ball five times in his college career. Losing just two of the fumbles to the defense.

Aaron Jones

Aaron Jones out of UTEP was selected in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Jones turned many heads last season, running for 1,773 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also totaled an additional 233 yards receiving, good for over 2,000 all-purpose yards. Jones showed consistency throughout the year, averaging 7.7 yards per carry on 229 carries.

Devante Mays

Last but certainly not least came Devante Mays. At five-foot-eleven, 230-pounds, Mays is a bigger back, but hardly sacrifices that for big play ability. Unfortunately, last season at Utah State, Mays suffered an ankle injury that kept him from showcasing his dynamic ability. However, he was able to show off his athletic ability with a 4.5 second 40-yard dash paired with a 40.5 inch vertical. Though he has had his struggles with health, he boasts 6.1 yards per carry, 1,225 yards and 12 touchdowns in just 202 touches in his career.