In 2010, the Green Bay Packers got a late-season boost from James Starks, with the rookie running back returning from injury and helping the Packers win the Super Bowl.
In 2016, the Packers are getting a late-season boost from Ty Montgomery, with the first-time running back emerging as the team’s primary ball-carrier on a charge to the playoffs.
With Eddie Lacy on injured reserve and Starks struggling and inactive with a concussion, Montgomery ran roughshod through the Chicago Bears on Sunday for 162 yards. By Packer Report’s unofficial count, he broke 10 tackles and gained 148 yards after contact.
What makes the former receiver so hard to bring down?
“I think you look at the way he’s built and his talent, and it’s patience,” coach Mike McCarthy said on Monday. “A lot of times, the great runners, both yards after the catch and yards after contact, it’s the ability to stay patient and keep stepping through those tackles, especially on that type of surface. He’s a lot stronger than I think people realize, I know he wears No. 88, but he’s not your normal 88 when it comes to running the football, that’s for sure.”
In its weekly stats package provided to Packer Report, Pro Football Focus adds additional context to Montgomery’s day.
“Montgomery ... managed an astonishing 9.8 yards after contact per carry,” PFF said. “That amount is almost a full 4 yards more than any game for him this season. Combine those numbers with his seven missed tackles caused in the run game, and you have a recipe for success. His play on Sunday earned him an elusive rating of 379.2, which is the highest rating the entire season by an eligible back by an amazing 70 points. His elusive rating since Week 7 is 158.5 and the next-closest person has an elusive rating of 84.9. He also leads the league in that same time with a breakaway percentage of 54.9, just under 10 points more than the next-closest person. More impressive is his 100 percent pass blocking efficiency since Week 7. Only four other backs can say that.”
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And for a story combining Montgomery’s big day with PFF’s pre-draft take on Montgomery as a prospect, please click here.
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