Packers Are Ripe for Running Back Controversy
As we’ve reported, Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery has an undisclosed leg injury. He missed his second consecutive day of practice on Wednesday. It now looks like he won’t play when the Packers face Washington on Saturday.
With Montgomery out, rookie Jamaal Williams has been getting first-team reps. In fact, Williams had started to get some first-team reps with Montgomery healthy.
So what happens if Williams goes out there with the No. 1 offense and tears it up? Montgomery wasn’t anything special in the Packers’ first preseason game. Granted, no running back was, but Montgomery fumbled.
This scenario may call into question who really is No. 1 in the Packers’ backfield.
I would say three things to that.
- Who cares? Mike McCarthy coaches this team. He only says he’s going to run the football. He never actually does.
- We expected a platoon anyway. Even when Eddie Lacy had the hot hand, James Starks would always manage to take some of his carries. The Packers are not going to ride one running back. They haven’t done so for years.
- See point one.
Williams certainly has an opportunity to seize more playing time. He looks like he’s taking advantage of that already.
We’ll be interested to see what he does behind a line that seems disinterested in run blocking on Saturday.