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Ty Montgomery is Officially a Running Back

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.

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Mordecai Jones

Mordecai is a writer living in Los Angeles. He primarily writes screenplays, but also does crap like this because GREEN BAY PACKERS, baby!

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17 Comments

  1. stickman December 13, 2016

    I say trade Lacey & Matthews, get what u can and lets move on. Lacey is over payed and Matthew never plays. They are both a liability to the team.

    1. PF4L December 13, 2016

      Although i liked Clay. I can’t argue with you on moving him. If the Packers were being graded on his ROI, they’d be given an F.

      And that “I’m the best” shit, isn’t helping him.

      1. PF4L December 13, 2016

        BTW stickman…..If you can find a team that would trade for Lacy, you have my vote for the Packers new GM. As he is a free agent after this season.

  2. MJ December 13, 2016

    If we keep Lacy it’s going to be like a specialist power runner, like NE has LaGarette Blount. Other than that, Lacy was not very effective despite his 4ypc. Many runs stuffed at the line. Starks should try the CFL now. By far, I prefer Michael and Montgomery to Lacy and Starks. Don Jackson or John Crockett could be the RB3.

  3. Chad Lundberg December 13, 2016

    Montgomery was hurting in this game, and even at one point took himself out of it. I’m amazed he went back in later on. You wanna minimize the risk of Ty getting hurt, or would you prefer another critical player on IR? We were winning, no need to push him in there more. Plus, Christine Michael was doing a good job running (but not learning the playbook yet), and Mike wanted to see more of him.

    But I do agree, Lacy, then Ty, then Michael and Rip all make a hell of a tandem next year.

    1. PF4L December 13, 2016

      Since when is 3.6 yards a carry, doing a good job? Our standards must be getting low.

      After looking like a dunce, not knowing the play, McCarthy pulled him out of the game until garbage time.

      Whoever said Lacy was coming back? I don’t see it.

      1. Chad Lundberg December 13, 2016

        There were a few runs where he looked impressive, it isn’t always about the average. Lacy can be resigned for cheap, it’s likely he’ll be back.

        1. Squeezy December 13, 2016

          I assume by Michaels resume of rather pedestrian ypc, he was clearly juiced to run against his former team. Michael is not a good back, but mark my words he will be #2 or #3 in 2017. Lacy walks, or signs a 1 year prove it deal but at this point you groom Ty as your #1. He’s 6′ 220 so don’t cry that he gets hurt…he’s a goddamn okoye sized mammoth. He needs a preseason of learning RB techniques so he isn’t getting hurt running high. BTW at a Packers show last night Ty stated he is going to ask for #34 next year so it appears he is indeed in the packers RB stable.

          1. PF4L December 13, 2016

            Excellent insight Squeezy….

            Understanding that Ty will need to make adjustments on his running style. running as a wr vs a rb are 2 different animals.

            Once defenses are honed in to Ty being solely a rb and game planning against that, and once Ty gets a training camp in the backfield and technique work. It will be interesting to see how this thing plays out.

            I’m a little bummed because i think Ty has mad skills as a possession receiver with an outstanding attempts to catch ratio. but on the other hand, it would be nice to have a true 3 down back. No offence Eddie.

            Best of luck either way….Love this dude.

        2. PF4L December 13, 2016

          Well, if a few decent runs is the judging standard, then you could argue Starks still looks good, despite his average.

          Lacy is a free agent come March, any team can sign him, and overpay for him. Or not sign him at all, including the Packers.

          Lets be real about Eddie Lacy. This guy is a 5 gallon pale of ice cream away from eating himself out of this league. Would anyone be shocked if Lacy weighs 270 right now? Or 285 come February?

          I’m not saying that’s the case, but it’s more likely than not.

          1. Howard December 13, 2016

            I agree with what you are saying. Would not trust Lacy, but consider this. When placed on season ending IR a player can go to team meetings and be around the team “as much as they want.” They just cannot practice. Lacy will be an unrestricted free agent as soon as the season ends. There is no real advantage for Lacy to stay around if he does not have interest in resigning with the team. It also appears the team is promoting Lacy staying with the team. There appears to be some mutual interest. Remember Raji? In 2014 the team was taking a IR free agent (Raji) with them on road trips. The team gave Raji a one year deal after the season. Thankfully Raji backed out of the next (alleged) long term deal. I have not noticed Lacy on a road trip yet, but if he is going on road trips it is a big sign of increased mutual interest. May be worth looking at the sideline in Chicago. Lacy should be easy to spot just like Raji.

          2. PF4L December 13, 2016

            I hear ya….

            But, does Lacy hang out with the team because he’s influenced by coaches? Or just wants to hang out with his buddy(s) Starks? Not sure what the motivation is, or if he even is still going in there. those reports were awhile ago.

            It’s hard for me to make assumptions with Lacy. He seems childlike to me in his interviews. I’m not sure if he really takes anything in life seriously. Based on his twitter account, maybe food, video games,etc…..i don’t know about this cat, and to be honest, if he doesn’t want to take his career seriously, why should we?

            Maybe the Packers have or haven’t given up on him, but he’s had 4 years now, if he isn’t on board yet….fuck him.

  4. PF4L December 13, 2016

    The Packers are winning, so McCarthy is acting like himself again, an asshole.

    1. Empacador December 13, 2016

      Read that the same way, what an arrogant ass. Maybe the league will fine the Packers since McCarthy admitted Montgomery is a running back now. Running backs are only allowed #s 20-49. He can apologize for neglecting to inform the league. A fine might just wipe some of that smug douchiness off his face.

      1. Howard December 13, 2016

        Yes, MM can be arrogant, win or lose. In the case of Montogomery’s number there will be no fine. As long as a player has a number for a year he can keep that number if he changes positions as long as it is from an eligible position to another eligible position. Or ineligible to ineligible. It is only if a player goes from eligible to ineligible or the opposite that a team can get in trouble with the Hammer.

        1. PF4L December 13, 2016

          Frankly, i liked MM better during the losing streak when he started being humble and he had one foot outside the door.

          We really fucked that up…lol.

  5. Kato December 13, 2016

    Green Bay is finally putting him at the position that many NFL GMs envisioned for him. Be nice if he could develop into a Dion Lewis type satellite back.

    I have wanted him to get more carries myself, but let’s get real. Playing running back is a hell of a lot different than playing receiver. He has to learn the playbook there, he needs to learn blocking assignments on passing plays, ect. Not to mention it takes a different type of conditioning to play running back than receiver. He won’t be getting 15+ carries till next year.