It appears the Green Bay Packers have finally found their No. 1 running back and he’s a receiver… or at least he was. We’re talking about Ty Montgomery, of course.
Montgomery got his first start at running back against Seattle. He ran nine times for 41 yards and caught three balls for 45 yards. He also scored his first rushing touchdown.
The thing is, despite starting, Montgomery didn’t even lead the Green Bay Packers in carries. That would be Christine Michael, who had 10 for 36.
We’ve wondered about it before and we’ll wonder about it again. Why won’t the Packers run Ty Montgomery more? He is averaging 5.2 yards per carry this season.
No one seems to have an answer for that, but Packers’ coach Mike McCarthy did at least let everyone know that Montgomery is now officially a running back.
“Ty Montgomery is a running back,” McCarthy said at his Monday news conference. “So I don’t know where that gets lost. … But, Ty, he’s a running back. I apologize for not making an announcement. He hasn’t gone to a receiver meeting in months.”
We can tell you exactly where the confusion comes in. Montgomery has carried only 44 times this season. That nine against Seattle ties for his season high (against Chicago). That’s an average of 3.4 carries per game.
As recently as the Philadelphia game, Montgomery carried just once while catching two passes.
So you tell me why people have no idea what you’re doing, Mike.
What will end up being really interesting here is what happens after the season. Montgomery looks legit as a running back. Do the Packers like him enough to let Eddie Lacy walk away? Or perhaps they re-sign Lacy at a low-cost, prove-it deal, make him and Montgomery a one-two punch and release James Starks, who has clearly lost it.
Food for thought.