2. Band on the run
Both ball carriers are physical and can gain yards after contact, but while Montgomery is a patient runner, he’s also been struggling in the early going.
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The converted receiver is averaging 3.2 yards per carry in his battle to play through immense pain caused by fractured ribs.
Jones, on the other hand, features an exhilarating level of burst that allows him to pile up positive yardage in tight quarters.
Although there’s been talk of Jones overtaking Montgomery as the team’s primary back, each is versatile enough to thrive in a committee backfield that would lessen the weekly wear and tear they’ll encounter.
Both can be split out wide and run a variety of underneath routes to bail out Hundley when under duress.
Fullback Aaron Ripkowski is also a vital member of the ground attack when McCarthy opts to switch things up with power formations.
“Rip” is among the team’s most underrated components when one factors in his ability to consistently open up running lanes as a lead blocker.