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2018 Training Camp Battle – Green Bay Packers Backfield

2018 Training Camp Battle – Green Bay Packers Backfield
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Deciphering the Green Bay Packers Backfield

By: Ryan Cearfoss @fntsyfbconnect

Green Bay Packers Running Backs

The Green Bay Packers backfield is one that most people believe they have the answers to but it’s very murky. Ty Montgomery filled in well in 2016 as the starting running back after converting over from receiver but both Jones and Williams played well last season in an offense missing Aaron Rodgers. Williams led the team in carries and was decent in an early down role. Jones on the other hand got injured but when given the opportunity was absolutely explosive having people clamoring for what’s next. This season Aaron Jones starts out the season suspended giving Jamaal Williams the opportunity to win the job outright, but the most likely scenario is that this becomes a full blown committee.

Early Season Starter/Early Down Back: Jamaal Williams

Nothing about the roles in Green Bay’s running back group is clear. Jamaal Williams should start the season in the lead back and early down role. Williams doesn’t bring any true game breaking traits to the position with average athleticism. What he does bring is a well-rounded skill set where he’s capable of playing on all three downs due to his ability to pass protect and catch passes. This alone should give Jamaal Williams solid value in both the running and receiving game but his lack of explosion will lead to lower production and the opportunity for another back to step in.

Projections for Jamaal Williams
  • Attempts – 185
  • Rushing Yards – 721
  • Rushing TDs – 6
  • Receptions – 22
  • Receiving Yards – 140
  • Receiving TDs – 0
  • PPR PTS – 142.23

Future Starter: Aaron Jones

Aaron Jones was built for this Packers offense bringing explosiveness and big play ability that they’ve lacked at the running back position. Last season when he got the opportunities Jones jumped off the screen averaging 5.53 yards per carry with a limited offense led by Brett Hundley. In an Aaron Rodgers led offense he should thrive, last season he had 6 runs of over 15 yards which should skyrocket with an improved passing offense. If Jones does earn the job it could pay great fantasy dividends.

Aaron Jones Projections
  • Attempts – 168
  • Rushing Yards – 907
  • Rushing TDs – 5
  • Receptions – 19
  • Receiving Yards – 148
  • Receiving TDs – 1
  • PPR PTS – 156.54

Receiving Back: Ty Montgomery

Receiver turned running back Ty Montgomery has proven to be a versatile weapon and very important part of the Green Bay Packers offense. With his receiving abilities mixed with big play ability the Packers can use him all over the field whether it’s in the backfield or as a slot receiver in some sets similar to how the Browns use Duke Johnson. The only problem is he’s on an offense with a ton of weapons which means he won’t be relied upon heavily. Still, Montgomery will be good enough to start in a pinch in the flex and his value skyrockets if any injuries occur in the backfield. He is also the perfect player to target in DFS or play in matchups against other high scoring offenses.

Ty Montgomery Projections
  • Attempts – 72
  • Rushing Yards – 367
  • Rushing TDs – 2
  • Receptions – 37
  • Receiving Yards – 279
  • Receiving TDs – 2
  • PPR PTS – 123.65

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