Packers running back James Starks practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday, but the team’s top running back of late — Ty Montgomery – is showing no signs of slowing down.
The wide receiver by name has become a pretty competent running back by trade with more than 7 yards per carry in his last 2 games played.
Is he still a receiver? Or a full-time running back? Either way, Montgomery is happy to be playing a role. And toting the rock hasn’t been a foreign feeling.
“I know what I’m supposed to do and know where I’m supposed to go,” Montgomery said. “My instincts take over and I hit the hole. To me it feels similar to a kickoff return.”
When looking at game tape, he can’t help but smile about what he sees.
“Sometimes I get a little excited and it’s like ‘yeah, I did that!’” Montgomery said. “But I know that’s just part of it, it’s what I’m supposed to do.”
But despite his increased stature on the stat sheet, the 2nd-year Packer knows his place.
“I’m a young guy,” Montgomery said. “I still haven’t played a full season. I had to deal with that injury last season. So I still consider myself young. I can’t be a talker, that’s not my place.”
Montgomery, the first player in the NFL this year to register 10 or more catches in back to back games, has thrived in his running back role. So much so that coach Mike McCarthy says we can forget his jersey number.
“I think you have to get past his number, he’s not really #88,” McCarthy said. “He’s a 225-pound man. He’s physical, he’s strong, and he’s really worked hard on pass protection and blitz pickup.”
“He’s done a great job,” said Aaron Rodgers. “It’s a small sample size at this point, but I’m really proud of the way he’s approached his switch there. He’s a weapon for us back there.”