The Green Bay Packers proved in this draft class one thing when it comes to their running backs heading into the upcoming season, it lacked depth.
When Green Bay enters their off-season program, they will be doing so with a running back group that has a combined 77 carries for the Packers in 2016. That total comes from one player, Ty Montgomery, who himself didn’t start the 2016 season as a running back for the team.
Montgomery did a fantastic job getting the running back position going following the loss of Eddie Lacy to injury last year, but how much of a workload can he honestly take as a full-time running back? We might never find out as the team looks to use more of a committee role in 2017.
Per Bleacher Report, the Packers drafted three running backs in this year’s draft, showing that they were going to at the least, try to get a ground game going. BYU’s Jamaal Williams was taken in the fourth-round, UTEP’s Aaron Jones was taken in the fifth-round, and Utah State’s Devante Mays was taken in the seventh round. If the Packers want to move Montgomery back to the receiver position, or at least the flexibility to do so, they did everything they could to make it happen.
Take a first look at BYU RB Jamaal Williams (pick No. 134)
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) April 29, 2017
Yes, the Packers drafted three running backs, but coach Mike McCarthy said "Ty Montgomery is our starting running back." pic.twitter.com/20ESeW2Kk7
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) April 29, 2017
I think the only thing that is guaranteed is that this Packers team will see a good chunk of carries with at least two running backs, if not three or four. The offense always goes as quarterback Aaron Rodgers goes, but like any QB in this league, he is better with a positive ground game.
The rookie out of BYU has a legitimate shot at making this team as the starting running back or at least as the second back in a committee role. If I would have to guess, I would give a 55-40-5 time share between the backs in Green Bay. I would give the 55% to Montgomery, 40% to Williams, and the other 5% to the remaining backs on the active 53-man roster.
Who do you think will be the week one starting RB for the Packers? Will that player have the most success of the backs in 2017?