Montgomery adds new dimension to Packers backfield

He’s a wide receiver that returns kicks and lines up in the backfield. If that sound confusing, imagine what the defense is thinking.

Rookie Ty Montgomery lined up behind Aaron Rodgers a handful of times against the 49ers. The wide receiver – in the formation as a running back – carried the ball two times for ten yards. The plays were nothing spectacular but it’s something the opposition must account for.

“He’s extremely versatile and we knew that when we were very fortunate to draft him. His ability to line up in the backfield, to play in the slot, to play outside gives you quite a few options,” offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett said of Montgomery. Green Bay also uses Randall Cobb’s abilities as a runner and pass catcher.

“This game is about matchups and anytime you have a player of that caliber putting him in different positions to make plays, it bodes well for the offense,” he continued.

As a senior at Stanford, Montgomery carried the ball 23 times for 144 yards and a touchdown so this isn’t new to him

The explosive rookie can be a unique threat. Montgomery has already caught 9 passes for 66 yards including one for a touchdown against the Chiefs on Monday Night Football. As he gains more confidence and the Packers open up their playbook further, the wide receiver-running back-versatile offensive weapon will get more chances.

“Ty Montgomery is a four-down football player,” Mike McCarthy said, “The fact that you can play him the backfield, the return game, and I think he’s done some really good things at receiver too. Ty is getting better each and every week.”


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