Two is company, three is a crowd.
That’s what the Green Bay Packers’ current running back situation is, but it’s a good problem to have in the NFL. Green Bay’s backfield is made up of talented backs Jamaal Williams, Ty Montgomery and Aaron Jones. Head coach Mike McCarthy says that the Green Bay offense will feature all three backs and will go running back by committee this fall.
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McCarthy also said that while the backs would split time, if one were to emerge as that full-time guy, then the team would adjust to that. All three had productive seasons last year and each brings something different to the table.
Montgomery provides the most experience entering into his fourth NFL season. The 25-year-old appeared in eight games with five starts in 2017, and totaled 273 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 71 carries, averaging 3.8 yards per carry
Williams, 23, appeared in all 16 games and led Green Bay in rushing with 556 yards on 153 carries (3.6 yards per carry) in 2017, and his four rushing touchdowns tied Jones as most on the team. He also had 25 catches for 262 yards and two touchdown receptions.
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Jones on the other hand is 23 and offers the most explosion out of the backfield. In 12 games last year, he totaled 448 yards rushing on 81 carries, averaging 5.5 yards per attempt.
Whether it’s a group effort or someone emerges as the every down back, McCarthy and Green Bay hope to have a better running game than last year.
In 2017, the team ranked 17th in running and only averaged about 107 rushing yards per game.