Green Bay Packers receiver Ty Montgomery has spent a lot of time playing running back the past two weeks out of necessity. He’s acquitted himself well, with 20 receptions for 164 yards and 12 rushes for 66 yards.
The way Montgomery has been used by the Packers has also translated to the fantasy football world, a world which I give zero shits about. Although I’m sure I’m in the minority there. This week, ESPN decided that Montgomery could be slotted as a running back for fantasy football purposes. Yahoo, apparently, has not and this is a big deal to people unlike myself.
So what does Montgomery think?
Yeah, man. Ty Montgomery gives as many shits about his position as I give about fantasy football.
“I guess I’m a hybrid; I don’t really know what you call it,” he said. “I like to say I’m a football player, because I feel comfortable anywhere. It doesn’t matter.”
Clearly, the guy just wants to be on the field. And that’s something that rarely happened before the Packers lost all of their running backs.
Montgomery’s snap counts by game this season look like this: 11, 0, 4, 2, 36, 60.
And what happened in those past two games? The guy accounted for 230 yards of total offense, which brings us back to the question we’ve asked so many times before. Why wasn’t Ty Montgomery on the field more often earlier?
And the answer, of course, is Buuuuuuuuuffoooooooooon!
Yeah, the guy had shown promise in his rookie season before the ankle injury happened. Giving him a chance would have made too much sense for McCarthy’s standards.
Who cares about Fantasy Football. It’s a world full of BS and luck — has no place in the NFL.
Regardless, Ty Montgomery should be the Pack’s unquestioned #1 RB going forward, I don’t care if James Starks comes back healthy or not, Montgomery is faster, quicker, more elusive, has better hands and is more explosive. For those who say, “ooooh he’s not a running back, he’s not built to be one!” — are you fucking high? The guy is 6’0″ 220, that’s weird because Ezekiel Elliott is 6’0″ 225 — he ran in college, he’s running well in the NFL — so what’s the problem?
Montgomery is explosive with the ball in his hands. He forces the defensive to actually account for him versus Fat Ass Lacey — when Montgomery runs routes out of the backfield he creates MAJOR mismatches — which this offense desperately needs! James Starks DOES NOTHING for this offense, NOTHING. Montgomery needs to be the defacto RB moving forward.