Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery has made an impressive transition from wide receiver.
Well, maybe not impressive to New York Giants safety Landon Collins.
Collins, who will be in the mix for NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors, said the game plan for facing Montgomery is simple.
“You hit him,” Collins told reporters in New York on Wednesday. “At the end of the day, he’s a receiver and receivers don’t like to be touched. You got big guys in there, linebackers and defensive backs that like to hit, so he’s going to have to suck it up if he’s going to touch the ball.”
Montgomery was read that quote after Thursday’s practice.
“I don’t care about it,” Montgomery said. “That’s one man’s opinion.”
Montgomery has come to the rescue after the offense crumbled following Eddie Lacy’s season-ending ankle injury. Montgomery led the Packers with 457 rushing yards on 77 attempts. His 5.9-yard average would have led the NFL had he gotten to the minimum of 96 attempts.
At 216 pounds, Montgomery is built more like a running back than a receiver, so Collins might be in for a surprise.
The even-tempered Montgomery said he had nothing to prove.
“Look, I’ve been dealing with questions about proving myself to people since I started playing the position,” he said. “I’ve always said I don’t have anything to prove to anybody. My goal is to do my job. My job is to be an efficient runner with the football and to protect the quarterback. I feel as though I’ve done that up to this point. If that’s what he said, that’s what he said. It doesn’t hurt my feelings. I know it’s not personal. We’ve got a football game to play.”
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