Packers believe Ty Montgomery is capable of being a lead back
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 4:21
When the Packers switched WR Ty Montgomery to running back past year, it was partly a move made by necessity, trying to give themselves a healthy back and some sort of a running game. Since then, they re-signed Christine Michael to a one-year deal, but it contained nearly no guaranteed money (just a $25,000 signing bonus) and his spot on the opening-day roster is far from assured. Earlier in the offseason, the Jordy Nelson group lost Eddie Lacy to the Seattle Seahawks via free agency.
The Green Bay Packers are extremely thin at running back with Eddie Lacy and James Starks out of the picture.
Not only did Montgomery change positions last season, he also dealt with a significant health issue. Montgomery carried more than 11 times in a game only once last season and never rushed more than 16.
"Obviously it's a very heavy lifting position, so availability will be Ty's No. 1 statistic".
Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson admitted to reporters on Monday that they need to add to their running back depth chart, but he wasn't willing to say if they had any interest in free agent Adrian Peterson.
"We need some more guys. So from a personnel standpoint, we've got to get more bodies", said Thompson in response to questions about the team's running back situation. "It doesn't serve a goal, I don't think", Thompson stated when asked about Peterson, ESPN reported. Montgomery is making the full-time switch to running back this offseason, and the Packers have yet to add much competition. "We have work to do there".