Packers: Evaluating each position on offense ahead of free agency

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 24: Jordy Nelson
GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 24: Jordy Nelson /
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DETROIT, MI – DECEMBER 29: Jamaal Williams
DETROIT, MI – DECEMBER 29: Jamaal Williams /

Running backs

Ted Thompson invested a lot of capital in the RB position last offseason and it paid off. Jamaal Williams proved he can handle the workload of an NFL back. Aaron Jones proved to be a home run hitter out of the backfield.

While Devante Mays fumbled away (no pun intended) his first chance he still was drafted for a reason.

While Ty Montgomery couldn’t stay healthy for the second time in three years he should still figure into the backfield equation. He is a matchup nightmare out of the backfield and a lessened workload may keep him healthy. Montgomery’s best fit might be to be used in a hybrid role so his use at RB is minimal.

A healthy Rodgers should also give a boost to the backfield with less crowded fronts. Rodgers’ ability to read defenses and put the offense in the best situation possible should also benefit the young stable of backs.

Verdict: Coaching up the young guys and making that year one to two leap should keep the backfield in good shape. I think if there is any addition here it would be via undrafted free agency.


Aaron Ripkowski played well in his limited role and Joe Kerridge is a solid backup/practice squad option. I don’t see Ripkowski going anywhere and the Packers like to cross train their TEs into FB roles. If the Packers keep two FBs on the roster it will most likely be these two.

Verdict: It’s up to the coaching staff to continue to develop these players in what is becoming a fading position in the league.