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RB Ty Montgomery - Green Bay Packers

6-0, 221Born: 1-22-1993College: StanfordDrafted: Round 3

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Recent Stats and Projections

17 at DET 35 8 44 0 5 3 17 0 0 6.1
18 vs NYG 41 11 27 0 4 3 41 0 0 6.8
19 at DAL 0 11 47 2 7 6 34 0 0 20.1
20 at ATL 0 3 17 0 3 1 2 0 0 1.9

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 20 vs ATL (3 / 17 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Montgomery left in the third quarter with a rib injury, but was used sparingly before that. The Falcons ran out and built a quick lead and so the Packers--who haven't run the ball much this season anyway--largely stopped running. Montgomery had some success when he got the ball, but the Packers couldn't give him enough carries to build on it.

2016 Week 19 vs DAL (11 / 47 / 2 rush, 7 / 6 / 34 / 0 rec)

Montgomery got most of the carries, and was on the field for 78 percent of the offensive snaps compared to Christine Michael, who was on for just 6 percent and had no carries. The Packers still don't run the ball much these days, and saw as much time as a receiver as he did a ballcarrier. Montgomery scored both of his touchdowns in the first half on short yardage plays and showed power as he shoved forward on the first score and good vision as he knifed his way in for the second. His best play was on the final drive when he caught a short pass by Rodgers, got some nice blocks by his teammates and cut towards the sideline and down field, wisely stepping out to preserve time outs for the offense. It's that sort of smart and instinctive play which has made Montgomery so valuable to the Packers this season.

2016 Week 18 vs NYG (11 / 27 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)

Montgomery saw plenty of action in the first half, but was sidelined for part of the second with a bum ankle. Christine Michael looked fine in his stead, and the Packers might have felt able to rest Montgomery a bit because of it. He struggled with the carries he got in the second half, but made a key third down conversion at the start of the fourth quarter. On the play, Davante Adams threw a nice pick to knock coverage of Montgomery, who was then able to slip behind safety Landon Collins, who was too close to the line to react. Montgomery's post-route had him wide open for a huge 34-yard gain on a drive which resulted in a game-sealing touchdown.

2016 Week 17 vs DET (8 / 44 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)

The Packers continue to not put the ball in Montgomery's hands for long stretches of the game, and he barely saw the field in the first. Whether this was to preserve him a bit for a playoff game or just Mike McCarthy's refusal to dedicate part of the offense to the run game when his quarterback is on fire is hard to say. When running the ball, Montgomery continues to show good burst, and nice speed and strength. The Packers seemed to be comfortable handing him the ball down the stretch and a lot of his touches came in the fourth quarter. Montgomery also briefly left the field in the third quarter, but returned later.

2016 Week 16 vs MIN (9 / 23 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 17 / 0 rec)

After last week's huge game by Montgomery, we might have thought we would see him more regularly and consistently but the opposite happened. The Packers didn't need the run game against Minnesota, so the backfield was an afterthought. Green Bay ran the ball just 15 times, including two on scrambles by Aaron Rodgers. Montgomery struggled a bit when he did get carries, but some of that was not being able to get into a rhythm due to how inconsistently he was used. Even with the game well in hand, Montgomery didn't see the ball much--he ran the ball just twice in the second half, and not at all in the fourth quarter.

2016 Week 15 vs CHI (16 / 162 / 2 rush, 3 / 2 / 1 / 0 rec)

The Packers finally fully unleashed Montgomery and he responded by destroying the Chicago Bears run defense. Now, the Bears run defense isn't good--ranked at 23 and allowing 115.6 yards a game on the ground and 13 touchdowns total. That said, Montgomery performed incredibly well as he systematically dismantled this defense. While both his touchdowns were short-yardage, he had plenty of other big plays as well. On his 61-yard run in the first quarter, Montgomery showed very nice patience in waiting for his blocking to open things up, then a good burst through the hole and finally some elusiveness as he made several tacklers miss before he got to the open field. He doesn't quite have breakaway speed, but otherwise he is a very solid runner who can create yards when he needs to. He also showed some good strength and determination later in the second quarter on a 36-yard run. At the end of the run, he bulled into several defenders, dragging them with him for several extra yards. What was probably his most impressive run came late in the third quarter. On the play, Montgomery took the ball and ran to his left, only to find his running lane closed. He shook a tackler and was able to squirm his way into another lane, then burst through the hole before the defense could react. He juked to his right again, accelerated past the first down marker, then nearly dragged a defender to the end zone. It's clear at this point that Montgomery can carry the full load, and now the only question is--why did it take so long to find out?

2016 Week 14 vs SEA (9 / 41 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)

The Packers really should just move Montgomery to running back full time as he is the most effective runner in the backfield. While Christine Michael carried the ball one more time, Montgomery was far superior while running and might have had a bigger day if he hadn't gotten banged up in a blowout. His run for 7-yards in the first quarter on his second carry showed everything we like about him with good vision, patience and strength when tacklers get their hands on him. Right after that carry was a run for 17 yards, which again featured some good vision by him in sorting out where to go, good speed to get outside and a nice stiff arm near the end. Montgomery also showed power when he plowed his way in for a 1-yard touchdown run.

2016 Week 13 vs HOU (6 / 40 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Montgomery is probably the best running back on the team right now, but the Packers refuse to utilize him as often as they should, scattering his carries in between less-serviceable backs like James Starks and Christine Michael. He shows good speed, nice vision and also some elusiveness in the open field, all of which was on display during his 13-yard run in the third quarter. On the play, he found the edge quickly, moved to the second level and ran past several defenders, running over cornerback Jonathan Joseph as he did so. He showed all that again, as well as a nice hesitation/stutter step in the fourth quarter on an 11-yard gain.

2016 Week 12 vs PHI (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Montgomery's role has been reduced to bystander and barely involved. The explosion in touches by Davante Adams and the return of James Starks has sidelined him and will continue to do so.

2016 Week 11 vs WAS (4 / 17 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)

Montgomery is a backup running back and a backup receiver, not getting enough touches in either to be much of a factor. He did score a touchdown in the second quarter which was called back due to a holding penalty. On the play he got good position on the defender and Aaron Rodgers threw the ball to his outside, so Montgomery could use his body to shield the ball from the defender.

2016 Week 10 vs TEN (3 / 9 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Montgomery got little play with James Starks returning to the backfield, though it was surprising to see him not get much work in the passing game as well. Montgomery saw three carries in the first quarter and then disappeared from the statsheet until late in the third quarter. Montgomery was actually on the field for just 22 of 78 offensive snaps and it looks like his role is reduced to almost nothing.

2016 Week 9 vs IND (7 / 53 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)

Montgomery was shockingly underutilized Sunday, and after back to back carries to start the game, he disappeared until the middle of the second quarter. When he is handed the ball, Montgomery does a great job of getting through the hole quickly, getting skinny and then being elusive when he is through the initial run of tacklers. Willing to do whatever the offense needs him to - run outside, run between the tackles, catch a ball out of the backfield, line up outside wide--Montgomery is a versatile weapon who was not used nearly as much as he should have been. The Packers need to run the ball more and Montgomery should get first crack at it. Then they can hand it to the squirrel.

2016 Week 7 vs CHI (9 / 60 / 0 rush, 13 / 10 / 66 / 0 rec)

Montgomery was the busiest man on the field last Thursday, lining up at receiver and moonlighting as a running back as well. With Eddie Lacy hurt and Don Jackson leaving the game due to a hand injury, Montgomery saw a total of nine carries out of the backfield. For the most part he performed well, showing some nice speed, good vision and some burst as well. He wasn't as strong a runner as Lacy could be--Montgomery was stuffed well short of the end zone on a 4th and goal attempt--but he was elusive and made the Bears miss a few times so that he could gain positive yards. Montgomery did a nice job catching the ball as well, though they more often than not used him on shorter pass plays. Next to Randall Cobb and Davante Adams, Montgomery saw the most targets and aside from Aaron Rodgers, nobody touched the ball more than Montgomery did.

2016 Week 6 vs DAL (3 / 6 / 0 rush, 12 / 10 / 98 / 0 rec)

With no depth in the backfield (James Starks was out), Montgomery lined up there often, either to spell Eddie Lacy or as another weapon. He caught more than a few of his passes on swing passes out of the backfield, though he saw plenty as a receiver as well. The closest he came to the end zone was in the third quarter when he made a nice catch on a slant and was tackled at the one yard line. Unfortunately, Aaron Rodgers fumbled the ball shortly after that and the Packers failed to score.

2016 Week 5 vs NYG (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Normally a special teams player who occasionally lines up as a receiver, Tye Montgomery lined up in the backfield once to carry the ball.


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