4. Healthy running game
The injury bug hit the Packer running game hard last season. However, after OTA’s it seems the three-man tandem of Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery are good to go.
First and foremost, it’s a good feeling knowing any of these three could be the team’s starter at any point. Montgomery has shown what he can do when healthy. Williams and Jones each showed their potential last season in their rookie years. Their health does more than help the Packers running game, it also takes pressure off of Rodgers and forces defenses to play honest.
With a year under their belts, Williams and Jones now have a taste of the NFL. The hope, obviously, is for them both to build off of their solid rookie seasons. Which, based on OTA reports, looks to be the case. Jones became bigger over the offseason and Williams is still the same power back he was last season.
What’s most important is the health of Montgomery. He’s the key to the backfield success thanks to his ability to play as a receiver out of the backfield. His elusiveness makes him a matchup nightmare for defenses. Plus, the Packers have a lot of trust in the former wide receiver.
Also, the idea of putting two of these three backs on the field at once can cause a lot of chaos for defenders. The New Orleans Saints showed what kind of success can come from that formation last season.
One final note, these three backs have flown under the radar. Many football fans don’t understand the capability of this backfield. For those that don’t, they’ll see how these three improve the Packers offense this season.