Flashes were there before an injury derailed his rookie season, but there hasn’t been much to talk about concerning Montgomery since. Then out of the blue he got 13 touches in Week 6. There were reports all week that he’d be involved more with James Starks injured and Eddie Lacy trying to play hurt, but if anyone had the foresight to expect that sort of workload – kudos to them.
If you are fortunate enough to land him on waivers this week what can you expect out of him going forward? Coming out of college he was a very exciting player, but he does not fit the cookie cutter mold NFL teams desire in a wide receiver or running back. The popular term thrown around was ‘manufactured touch’ player, which fits him well; get him the ball quickly in space then let him work his magic. He has/had problems at the catch point, so making it work at wide receiver would be incredibly challenging. Based on his usage last Sunday, I think it’s safe to say the Packers agree, like they often do they adjust to their personnel’s skill set.
Can we expect another 13-touch effort Thursday? Actually, yes; and maybe more. Now that Starks and Lacy are out an extended period of time the Packers got backed into doing something they never do; trade a draft pick for a short-term band aid (Knile Davis). That said, he isn’t going to be given many touches, especially with only two practices before his first action. This is Aaron Rodgers‘ show and he’ll be doing it with Montgomery by his side. Expect a similar workload, and with Montgomery’s ability in the open field, some big plays against a susceptible Bears secondary are coming up. If you can still get him, then stop reading and go do it.