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Packers Gave Montee Ball a Tryout

Montee Ball

Well, this certainly is interesting. The Green Bay Packers had running back (and Badger great) Montee Ball in for a tryout on Friday.

Ball was a 2013 second-round pick of the Denver Broncos.

You probably know another running back who was drafted in the second round that year.

Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers.

And that’s why Ball’s appearance is interesting.

The Packers shuffled their running backs, releasing Alonzo Harris and replacing him with John Crockett, on Thursday. Crockett got five carries against Detroit and ran for 22 yards.

Meanwhile, the aforementioned former starter, who also happened to be coming off two straight games of 100 yards or more, only got five carries of his own against the Lions. Lacy gained just four yards on those carries, but was clearly an afterthought in the game plan from the outset.

James Starks got the start for the Packers. He ran nine times for 15 yards.

What does this all add up to?

We’re not quite sure, but the inmates may very well be running the asylum.

As for Ball, the Broncos cut him prior to the start of this season and he’s been out of work since.

He had a decent rookie year with the Broncos, averaging 4.7 yards per carry, but played in just five games in 2014 because of injury. When he was healthy, he wasn’t very good. Ball gained just 172 yards on 55 attempts, which is 3.1 yards per carry.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Andy Pants December 4, 2015

    Interesting. I just received information from my wife (a reputable source, indeed) that Lacy and Harris missed curfew. That explains the mystery. Crockett wasn’t put into the game until Lacy had already gotten a few chances and produced nothing. So there we go. That’s how you become an afterthought on the GB Packers.

  2. rebelgb December 5, 2015

    I dont get it. Crockett looked legit. He had great feet and is definitely faster than either Lacy or Starks. So whats the problem? Fucking MM and TT make no sense but then thats nothing new.

    1. Achilles December 5, 2015

      He was running with the football way out from his body. At that point in the game, they pulled him in fear of a fumble, which would have ended any hope of a comeback right there.

  3. Big Cheezy December 5, 2015

    All they did was work him out its not like he’s the starter

  4. Andy Pants December 5, 2015

    rebelgb, I think you’re overreacting. What do they stand to lose by trying out a running back like Ball? Worst case scenario is that it puts a little fear into Lacy. You do know that Ball has not even been signed and that they work out players all the time, right?