Reviewing Ty Montgomery’s 2017 season, and looking ahead to what’s next for the Green Bay Packers’ receiver-turned-running back.
But the 2017 season didn’t pan out exactly how Montgomery had hoped.
Season in review
Questions were asked prior to the season whether Montgomery could handle a heavy workload in the backfield. He went a way to proving he could after a 19-carry performance in Week 1 against Seattle’s tough run defense.
Montgomery rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown that afternoon, helping the Packers kick the season off with a victory.
The backfield was his. But an early injury in Week 4 changed everything.
Jones looked good, turning 13 carries into 49 yards and a touchdown. With Montgomery out the following week, Jones started the game and posted an impressive 125-yard, one-touchdown display at Dallas.
Montgomery wouldn’t get his starting job back, and injury ended his season early. He played just eight games, making it three years in a row the versatile back has failed to complete all 16 regular season games.
Looking ahead to 2018 season
With the emergence of Jones and Williams in the backfield, what’s next for Montgomery?
While the days of being the lead back may be over, Montgomery can still play a key role in Green Bay’s offense. Both in the backfield and as a receiver, the third-round pick creates mismatches for defenses.
Montgomery could adopt a hybrid role in 2018. While Jones and Williams will see the majority of the backfield touches, Montgomery should line up in multiple spots to utilize his impressive skill set.
The key for Montgomery is to stay healthy. He’s missed 19 regular season games in three years.
When healthy there’s no doubting the impact he has, but injuries have continued to hold him back.