Our favorite topic of conversation this time of year is most certainly the good, old “second-year jump.” We are waiting with bated breath for Mike McCarthy to tell us who’s making the much-ballyhooed second-year jump this offseason.
For those of you not in the know, the second-year jump refers to a second-year player who is making great strides from his rookie year. In theory, that should be everyone who is entering their second year in the league. However, certain guys always get singled out. Quite a few of them are never heard from again once the season begins.
And as an aside, if you’ve never heard of the second-year jump, then you haven’t been listening to Fat Mike blather on in May or June of any previous offseason.
Most likely our early pick for offseason MVP, Kenny Clark, will be making the super-awesome second-year jump, this year.
You know who else?
Running back Ty Montgomery.
Yes, it is true, Montgomery is entering his third season in the league. That would seemingly disqualify him from attaining the coveted second-year jump status.
However, as you surely know, Montgomery moved from receiver to running back just last year — in the middle of the season. Despite his lack of experience, he somehow managed to average a hearty 5.9 yards per carry.
And now Montgomery will have an entire offseason at running back under his belt. A position where he’ll be entering his second season…
Bam! You have qualified for second-year jump status, Ty Montgomery!
“Actually, I was thinking about that today. I was just like, ‘Man, I’m going into my third year, but it feels like I’m going into my second year.’ It feels like I’m coming off a rookie year,” Montgomery said. “I like speaking things into existence and being positive, but I don’t want to be — I don’t know if arrogant is the right word — but I don’t want to overthink it. I’m excited. I’m hopeful. I’m ready to get this thing rolling this year.”
As we pointed out earlier this week, Montgomery looks more like a running back.
He’s bulked up to 220 pounds. He also has a better understanding of the position. The one area he wasn’t very good at in 2016 was picking up the blitz.
That will be the ultimate test for Montgomery as he strives to increase his playing time and become an every-down back.
While we ranted about Fat Mike not giving Montgomery the ball enough in 2016, we also know blocking was the reason he wasn’t on the field as much as he could have been.
The receiving aspect was already there. The rushing aspect appears to be there. If the blocking aspect comes, Montgomery could well have himself a monster season. Second-year jump-worthy, even.