Each NFL season, every team has a player that bears a little added attention. So which performer could turn the corner for the Green Bay Packers in ’17?
Welcome to yet another 32-team series from End Zone Score. In recent months, we took the time to look at each club’s best offseason addition. We even dabbled into some pertinent and historical numbers.
Every NFL season features players that come into their own after a slow start to their careers. It’s tough to tell when each performer’s coming-put party will take place. Some are immediate successes. Others take longer due to numerous circumstances, but they prove to be worth the wait. Here we will try and pinpoint a player from each team in the league that we feel is on the verge of putting it altogether.
RB Ty Montgmery
This past season, the Green Bay Packers’ offensive unit scored 51 touchdowns. The vast majority came from the arm of prolific quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who led the NFL with 40 scores through the air (compared to only 7 interceptions). The ground game had the other 11 end zone visits. Mike McCarthy’s team finished 20th in the league in rushing yards per game (106.3 average). Considering injuries limited the playing time of both Eddie Lacy and James Starks, things could have been a lot worse.
Of course, it was part-time running back Ty Montgomery who gained a team-high 457 yards on the ground (Rodgers led the Packers with 4 rushing touchdowns). Now he’s gone from novelty to fulltime runner. Lacy signed with the Seattle Seahawks and Starks was released. So now the former Stanford University performer and former wide receiver has the job.
Now it’s not that he won’t have some help. General manager Ted Thompson used his final six draft choice in April on offensive help. Three of those selections were running backs: Jamaal Williams (4b-BYU), Aaron Jones (5b-UTEP) and Devonte Mays (7-Utah State). That gives the backfield an awful lot of young and fresh legs. And with a more consistent ground attack you can look for the Green Bay Packers to be even more efficient offensively. Meanwhile, look for Ty Montgomery to be a better running back after making the complete transformation.