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Ty Montgomery working as the third-down back
Date: July 31st | 2018
Green Bay Packers beat writer Rob Demovsky is reporting RB Ty Montgomery is working as the third-down back through the first week of training camp. Coming off of an injury-shortened 2017 season in which he only appeared in eight games — he nursed a wrist injury as well as multiple ribs injuries, the second of which, landing him on the injured reserve list — Montgomery appears healthy and ready to maintain a role in the Packers backfield despite the emergence of Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams. Both Jones and Williams emerged while Montgomery was out last season. However, with Jones serving a two-game suspension to open the year. Plus, the fact that Williams is a zero in the passing game, Montgomery is seeing the majority of the work as Green Bay’s third-down/ passing down back, which is outstanding news for his fantasy football owners, especially in Dynasty formats, such as myself. And because Jones will be out of the picture early-on, the door is open for Montgomery to challenge Williams for early-down snaps. Whilst if that does, in fact, happen, it wouldn’t surprise me if Montgomery held off Jones upon his Week 3 return.
“I feel really good about the running back group,” Packers HC Mike McCarthy said. “I think Ty’s transition has been pretty special. Not only what he’s done from a position change but you look what he’s done to prepare himself — you look at his body and the added muscle that he’s put on. Ty and just the other young guys, I think it’s going to be a very, very competitive position.”
There is no doubt that Montgomery is a special player. While only a small percentage of the population even makes it to the NFL, Montgomery has shown that he can be successful at multiple positions — he made the transition appear seamless. And if he can remain healthy — he’s missed 19 games in his first three seasons as a pro and has only appeared in double-digit games once (15 games in 2016) — I believe it will be difficult for Mike McCarthy to keep Montgomery off the field. Of Jones, Williams, and Montgomery, the latter has the most talent and upside. At his ninth-round ADP, he’s the lone Green Bay running back I’m targeting in 2018, unless of course, Jones falls to a cant-pass-up value. And if you’re wondering, I’m completely fading Williams.
J’Mon Moore has been Running with the First Team Offense
Date: July 27th | 2018
Packers Beat writer Ryan Wood reports rookie wide receiver J’Mon Moore has already been working with the first-team offense at training camp.
The Packers got younger with their WR group this offseason by releasing veteran Jordy Nelson and selecting three receivers at the NFL Draft. Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown were picked in the fifth and seventh rounds, and J’Mon Moore was selected in the 4th.
“J’Mon, the big thing right now is just getting him to learn everything we’re trying to do so he can use his ability, which you see on the field,” Packers wide receivers coach David Raih said. “He’s definitely a guy that grabs grass. He’s got stride length, he’s high cut, and he naturally just covers ground. The main thing is knowing what he’s doing so he can use those abilities. But yeah, I’m excited about him.”
These aren’t high investment draft picks for the Packers, but the team is hoping that someone can emerge.
It’s very early into training camp, so knee-jerk reactions may force some Dynasty owners to jump to conclusions, however, there is an opportunity for a player to emerge here. The Packers will have one of the leagues more explosive passing games with Aaron Rodgers healthy this season. This is definitely a camp-battle to keep an eye on.
Randall Cobb Sheds Walking Boot, Unsure of Restrictions to Open Camp
Date: July 24th | 2018
WBAY’s Sports Director, Chris Roth, caught up with Randall Cobb at a recent kids football camp in Green Bay where Cobb was seen running drills without a walking boot.
Cobb was first spotted less than a month ago in a boot while he was dealing with an apparent ankle injury. While Cobb told Roth that he will be involved in training camp come July 26th, Cobb didn’t sound completely free and clear of issues. When Roth asked Cobb if there will be any restrictions on him, Cobb responded, “I don’t know I haven’t talked to the medical staff we’ll see what they have to say.”
Cobb is a sleeper favorite to have a bounce-back season with Jordy Nelson now in Oakland. Coming into camp with a bum ankle isn’t exactly the best first impression to instill faith in fantasy owners. Cobb hasn’t played a full 16 game season since 2015. Any player with a solid role on the Packers offense is bound to offer decent value in fantasy however as long as Aaron Rodgers is on the field. Cobb’s health will be something to watch closely over the preseason. If Cobb is good to go he could wind up offering serious value as the number two option in the passing game behind Davante Adams.
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