Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery is entering his first season as a full time running back after transitioning from wide receiver a year ago. But his first game as the featured back in 2017 didn’t go well.
Montgomery has dealt with fumbling issues throughout training camp and coughed up the ball during Green Bay’s preseason opener Friday night against the Philadelphia Eagles. Montgomery emphasized that ball security is not an issue for him.
“I’m not worried about it,” Montgomery said, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.
Packers running backs coach Ben Sirmons backed up his player earlier in the week, but it’s uncertain whether has opinion has changed since.
“I feel pretty confident that he can hold onto the ball pretty good,” Sirmans told Demovsky.
Montgomery moved to running back midway through the 2016 season after a rash of injuries decimated the Packers’ depth chart. He rushed for 457 yards and 3 touchdowns last season. He enters the 2017 campaign as the presumptive No. 1 running back in Green Bay, but could see competition from rookies Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones.
The Packers ranked 20th in the NFL with an average of 106.3 rushing yards per game last season. Establishing a more balanced attack could take Green Bay’s offense to the next level.
The passing game is clearly in good hands with Aaron Rodgers under center. Now, Montgomery must ensure he can hold on to the ball as the featured back this season.