4. Ty Montgomery, Running Back
The expectations for Montgomery have changed course since his newfound production as a running back in 2016. Eddie Lacy only appeared in five games and the former Stanford receiver/return man looked like the Packers running back of the future. However, Montgomery’s slow start last year does not give anyone a bode of confidence moving forward.
He no longer has the element of surprise lining up in the backfield and his ability to find holes and make tacklers miss have disappeared. Montgomery will have to get back to the basics if he really wants to remain a featured back. Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams, who are more adept at the position, sit ahead of the four-year veteran on the depth chart.
Montgomery may have to resort back to being a slot receiver or pass-catching threat out of the backfield if he gets squeezed out of the rotation for carries, which won’t hurt as long as he is able to be a reliable target. The Packers really need him to find his role so he can be utilized more often. Hybrid backs are a growing trend in the NFL and Montgomery appears to fit the mold. It’s now up for him to prove he should be on the field.