5. Running back
Head coach Mike McCarthy has made it clear he plans to take on a running back-by-committee approach this offseason, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN, but that could change if one of the team’s top three running backs stands out at training camp.
Between Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams and Ty Montgomery, the Packers have more than enough talent at the running back position. Last year, they all played well at times, but couldn’t produce consistently. The main reason for this was injuries. Both Jones and Montgomery missed time due to injury, while Williams played through a knee issue early in the year.
Jones, in my opinion, was the pick of the three backs when healthy. He is an explosive, positive runner who proved he can hit big plays regularly. He’s the perfect complement to Green Bay’s pass-dominated offense, and keeps defenses on their toes. If Jones can avoid injury at training camp, his performances could earn him the majority of the carries in the season opener.
The same goes for Montgomery and Williams.
We’ve seen Montgomery play at a high level as the featured back — he can run between the tackles and he can catch passes. Montgomery is the most versatile back on the roster.
Williams is a powerful runner and tough to bring down. He could force McCarthy to give him more carries with a strong performance this summer.
In all likelihood, the Packers will indeed start the season with a “committee” approach. But that doesn’t make it any less exciting to see how the three backs perform at training camp.