Ty Montgomery has proven to be a valuable tool and asset in the Packers offense over the last couple years. He was able to switch from receiver and become an effective running back when they needed one. Now with two running backs, Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones, who both had impressive rookie seasons, Ty Montgomery seems to be the odd man out where his services at the position being almost unneeded. Additionally, with a new general manager and coaching staff, the fate and plans for Montgomery is unknown. Here are three scenarios the Packers could do with him.
The thought behind this is the team is already stacked with receivers and two potentially productive running backs are enough so try to get something out of him. Even though he had solid numbers he was also limited, especially last year with all the injuries he had. There could be some teams that need someone with the sure offensive talents of Montgomery and would not want to take a risk with an unproven rookie, so around the time of the NFL Draft would be the best time to execute a trade. If the Packers want a draft pick of value, like a fifth-round pick or above they would probably have to attach a pick of their own to sweeten the deal.
Move Him Back to Receiver:
Even though the Packers have plenty of receivers at the moment, the fate of the position could be anything. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are entering the final year of their contracts and the team could trade or release one of them or both this offseason. If that happens, Montgomery could be an even greater use and need for the team at that position if they decide to switch him back. If they decide to keep them both for the season, Montgomery would still be the team’s fourth best receiving option behind Adams, Nelson and Cobb. That is good news as last year showed that the Packers didn’t have much of a receiving threat past those three mentioned names. As a receiver, Montgomery caught two touchdowns in his rookie season, and his second season when he was converted midway through he had 348 yards receiving off 44 catches. His experience at both positions could also be a benefit as they could line him up both at the line of scrimmage and in the backfield. As a receiver, Montgomery could be another weapon for Rodgers, who’s already a proven asset on the team.
Keep him at running back:
There are plenty of teams that use the three or more-man committee at running back. The New England Patriots do it with four using James White, Rex Burkhead, Mike Gillislee and Dion Lewis. The Philadelphia Eagles are doing it with three using LeGarrette Blount, Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement. The Denver Broncos did it with three using C.J. Anderson, Jamaal Charles and Devontae Booker. The Cincinnati Bengals did with three using Joe Mixon, Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard. The key is a lot of NFL teams do it and are successful running teams doing it. A committee of Williams, Jones and Montgomery could be truly special as they all have unique play styles. Williams could be the primary workhorse back who will grind opposing team defenses into fatigue, Jones could be the quick change of pace back and Montgomery could be a third-down weapon who can get the first either on the ground or through the air. This would make defenses always guessing thus making Rodgers and the offense unpredictable and even more dangerous. The two teams in the Super Bowl both use a three or more man committee at running back so its effectiveness and success is proven.