3. Can Montgomery stay healthy?
Talent isn’t an issue for Montgomery. Injuries have been, though. In his three-year NFL career, Montgomery has missed a total of 19 regular season contests.
His healthiest year came in 2016, when he missed just one game. But Montgomery played just six times as a rookie in 2015, and missed eight games last year due to multiple injuries.
Montgomery was the lead back last year and looked good in that role. But a ribs injury opened the door for rookies Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams. While Montgomery sat out, Jones and Williams took over the backfield, likely meaning Montgomery is the third choice entering the summer.
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Injuries were an issue for all three of the Packers’ top running backs last season. Both rookies, Jones and Williams, missed time.
Is it just bad luck, or is Montgomery injury prone? Entering a contract year, the receiver-turned-running back can prove he can stay healthy and is ready for a long-term deal.
There’s no doubting that when Montgomery is healthy, the Packers are a better football team. With the talent added on offense this offseason, Montgomery could have his best year yet in 2018. But first, he must show he can stay healthy.