It wasn’t just Nelson the Packers missed, it was rookie Ty Montgomery. Montgomery was beginning to become a real factor in the passing game before getting hurt in Week 6.
The rookie made an immediate impact on special teams as a returner. He took back seven kickoffs for 218 yards with an impressive 46-yarder the pick of the bunch. As the weeks went on, his role on offense continued to increase, and he had his best game in Week 5 against St. Louis, catching four passes for 59 yards and a touchdown.
Those numbers might not look great, but Montgomery looked a player growing in confidence and he was consistently getting open. But this was the last chance we got to see him complete a game. A week later against San Diego, Montgomery suffered a high ankle sprain that eventually wiped out the remainder of his season.
It was frustrating for the Packers to not get to see more of their third round selection, but he looks to have a bright future in Green Bay. How fun is it going to be to watch a healthy Jordy Nelson and Ty Montgomery on the field together?
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