The biggest question mark in Green Bay this summer is; who will be the starting running back? The Packers are lucky to have 3 strong candidates who will be battling for the position. Ty Montgomery, the versatile wide receiver converted running back is coming off an injury that halted his season. He was the RB1 last year to start the season, but after being injured, his spot was filled by rookies Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones. There is no indication at this point on whether or not Montgomery will resume his starting position. As it currently stands, McCarthy wants to see how training camp shakes out before he makes these decisions.
One of more interesting things to see when camp opens next month is progress from #Packers trio of 2nd-year RBs. They need Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones, even Devante Mays to make Year 2 jump. Without live reps, MM says very little evaluation can b made at that position currently.
— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) June 13, 2018
As for Williams and Jones, these two talented backs provide different play styles that McCarthy can use situationally if he pleases, and run a backfield by committee. Williams is more of a traditional downhill runner, where as Jones is an elusive back who can score from anywhere. Do any of these 3 running backs have a leg up on the others? I would argue that Jamaal Williams fits the mold of your typical early down back. He is the guy I would want taking the heavy beating between the tackles. Jones and especially Montgomery are great third down backs who can stretch the field and catch balls very well.
At the end of the day, I would be surprised if either of these 3 backs don’t see significant play time throughout the season. A three-headed backfield is the way to go. The great thing about that is if one get’s injured, the team won’t skip a beat.
An encouraging sign for Aaron Jones is that he had put on some mass during the off season to help him in pass protection, which was viewed has one of his weaknesses. Is that enough to vault him past Ty and Jamaal? Time will tell. Who’s your favourite to start the 2018 season?