Ty Montgomery, Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones… the Green Bay Packers may have a three-headed monster at running back. Or they have a lot of depth, depending on how you look at it.
In 2017, coach Mike McCarthy named Montgomery the starting running back early in the offseason. Then Montgomery got injured and ended up being outperformed by both Williams and Jones.
Of course, both of those guys dealt with injuries of their own and missed time. As McCarthy always say, the best ability it availability. So who’s No. 1 on the depth chart now?
No one, apparently.
“I just want them all to stay healthy and continue to grow,” McCarthy said. “Whoever starts, that’s really up to them. That’s the way I present it to the players. I’m for all of them starting. That’s the competition you want.”
We’re all for competition. However, we will certainly be pulling for Jones.
Jones has shown explosiveness the other guys haven’t. His only issue appears to be in pass protection, which is why he was behind Williams when Williams was healthy, even though Williams lacks explosiveness.
Williams led the Packers in rushing with 556 yards in 2017. However, he averaged a pedestrian 3.6 yards per carry. He did, however, add another 262 yards through the air, while averaging 10.5 per reception.
Jones went for 448 yards, while averaging 5.5 yards per carry. He only had nine receptions for 22 yards, however. Much of that lack of production in the passing game is likely attributable to him not playing on third down.
Montgomery rushed for 273 (3.8 yards per carry) and caught 23 for 173.
If Jones can prove he’s competent in pass protection in his second season, we seen no reason why he shouldn’t be the starter. All of these guys are going to get some carries, but the Packers will have a lead back who will get the majority of them.
It doesn’t look like we’ll know who that guy will be until well into training camp.