Ty Montgomery: 2015 Packers Player Report Card

Ty Montgomery

  • Age: 23
  • Ht./Wt: 6'0", 216lbs
  • College: Stanford
  • NFL Experience: 1 year

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Expectations coming into the season:  Very high ceiling for a smart, tall and fast receiver. Another plus was that he came from a pro-style offense in college and displayed good hands. Many thought he was bound for kick returning duties and work as a fourth receiver. 

Player’s highlights/low-lights: In Week 5, he became baptized as a Packers wideout. His stat line of four catches for 59 yards and touchdown seems rather pedestrian, but in that game he was beating St. Louis defensive backs and showed great hands. His lowlight was the high ankle sprain that he suffered in the second quarter of the Week 6 game with San Diego. That injury cost him the rest of the year.

Level of Expectations met:  Even though his sample size was rather small, Montgomery showed that he can be productive in this offense. He's fluid, a smart route runner and wasn't a locker room problem. 

Grade: B-

Player’s contributions to team success:  Not very much when you only play five-and-a-half games. He averaged over 30 yards for seven kick returns and he had only one drop as a receiver. Then again, he only had 15 catches. 

Grade: C

Player’s contributions in the playoffs:  Montgomery was injured with that pesky high ankle sprain. 

Grade: I

Intangibles/misc: He is the perfect guy for general manager Ted Thompson. He's a long and quick receiver that is smart enough to adapt quickly. Obviously, you cannot guarantee that he won't get injured, but he has shown flashes that he can play well in the NFL. He must improve his speed for next year, if he plans on playing on the outside next season. 

Grade: B-

 

Overall Grade:  C+

 

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Cory Jennerjohn is a graduate from UW-Oshkosh and has been in sports media for over 15 years. He was a co-host on "Clubhouse Live" and has also done various radio and TV work as well. He has written for newspapers, magazines and websites. He currently is a columnist for CHTV and also does various podcasts. He recently earned his Masters degree from the University of Iowa. He can be found on Twitter: @Coryjennerjohn

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RCPackerFan's picture

February 09, 2016 at 08:08 pm

If only he could have stayed healthy... I believe he was on his way to becoming the Packers OROY, if not their ROY.
The offense really fell apart after he got hurt and really wasn't the same after.

I am looking forward to seeing him play next year. It would be awesome to see what our top 5 WRs could do on the field together at the same time.
Next year he could be our X factor. The guy that completely takes our offense to another level.

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EdsLaces's picture

February 09, 2016 at 10:21 pm

He's gonna be a good one ..

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RCPackerFan's picture

February 10, 2016 at 07:07 am

I believe so...

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NickPerry's picture

February 10, 2016 at 06:27 am

You and I love this guy RC. I can't wait to see him in this offense with Nelson, Cobb, and all the other WR's on this team. Montgomery brings so much to this offense, the possibilities are endless.

NOW, if Thompson just would get a TE...

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RCPackerFan's picture

February 10, 2016 at 07:07 am

Yes we do...

I really can't wait to see what this offense can do when its fully healthy.

Imagine an offense with a committed in shape Lacy. With our top 5 WR's fully healthy. With a Finley like TE to stretch the middle of the field.

The thing I love about Montgomery is his versatility. I think he will be more dangerous in the backfield then Cobb is. But a lot of that will be because Cobb will be in the slot while Montgomery is in the backfield.

I really like the thought of this lineup on offense. Nelson, Adams/Janis outside, Abbrederis, Cobb in the slot, Montgomery in the backfield.

If Janis can improve enough to become a legit threat on the outside, having him and Nelson on the outside opposite of each other, will really put a lot of stress on defenses.

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NickPerry's picture

February 12, 2016 at 06:03 am

You read my mind, Janis and Nelson outside, Cobb and Abby in the slots, and Montgomery in the backfield would have other teams defenses completely lost. I don't care if it's the Broncos defense, give Rodgers 2.5 seconds and there's not a team with enough CB's to match up with that. Montgomery is also big enough to run the ball more effectively than Cobb so if it's a bunch of CB's on the field montgomery could do some real damage running the ball.

OR how about this, Ted Thompson pulls the trigger on Hunter Henry and the Packers line up any combination of 4 WR's plus Henry?? Buy your SB tickets now, shut Cow up for years to come.

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mxr124's picture

February 09, 2016 at 10:27 pm

Why is he referred to as both long and tall in this report? Am I missing something?

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DrealynWilliams's picture

February 10, 2016 at 12:43 am

Man crush?

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

February 10, 2016 at 12:47 am

No, you're not missing anything, you are correct. Monty is only 5' 11.7" tall and has 31" arms. He is not particularly long or tall. In fact, NFL.com's scouting report note that "his catch radius is smaller than desired." He also isn't particularly fast as he ran a 4.55 forty at the combine, and only improved to a 4.51 at a pro day. Also there were concerns that he allowed too many passes to hit his pads. There were also durability concerns. Routes were okay but didn't run the full tree.

What Montgomery does have is a tremendous burst and good vision. He caught 15 passes on 18 targets (with 1 drop for a good 4.7% drop rate per McGinn) for 136 yards, and a somewhat disappointing 9.1 yard average. Looks like a slot only WR, KR and PR. His burst is excellent and there is every reason to think he'll play at a high level for GB.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

February 10, 2016 at 10:03 am

Damn it! So that lone drop was the sure TD of the first play against the 49ers. That has to hurt.

I don't think he'll be restricted to slot because of his 4.55 speed. On that dropped pass against the 49ers he beat the CB at the snap with his burst. He's also strong enough to beat press. If James Jones can primarily play outside surely Ty can. I think we'll see him all over the place. The more positions he's at the better matchup Cobb gets. It's not many CB1's/CB2's that can play the slot.

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lou's picture

February 10, 2016 at 12:16 pm

Agreed on the burst, that coupled with quickness makes him the teams best kickoff return option. I think the vision comment translates to a feel for the game, how to get open and few have that this early. Some of that talent alludes to the fact that was not mentioned, his high IQ, he had rave reviews from the coaching staff on how he picked up the offense so quickly. As far a deep speed, Freeman had similar speed and was able to consistently stretch the field early in his career. In a nutshell, he has everything he needs to be a starting WR in the NFL, I would much prefer him to Adams.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

February 10, 2016 at 12:50 pm

I agree with everything but the Adams comment. I do think he'll be pressed for his "starting" position by Ty,Abby and Janis though.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

February 11, 2016 at 02:15 am

Thanks for the suggestion regarding Ty as an outside WR, Drealyn. Short area quickness is what I look for in a slot WR, and Ty has that in abundance. I am very confident that Ty can play slot, and probably right away. That said, I might well have been too hasty in suggesting that Ty is a slot only guy. The football IQ, coachability, and his willingness to learn to run more and better routes might well make him be able to develop into being able to play outside (please overlook the awkwardness of this sentence). I certainly think Abby can play outside, for generally the same reasons.

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Ima fubar's picture

February 11, 2016 at 06:02 pm

Serious? Really? The way he played the janitor at Lambeau will give him a run for his money. The thing is you know and I know, Mac will play this guy day in day out because he was a coveted pick of Teds. Can't make Ted look bad. Had to play a fat ass Lacy to make Ted look good.
He is what the after draft analyst said he was,"a guy who played in a spread offensel, ran the slant route and caught a ton of 5 and ten yard passes" padding his pass catch record". Did very little route running and his play in the NFL was suspect.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

February 09, 2016 at 10:37 pm

High ankle sprains take an awful long time to heal. Hopefully Ty gets healthy because I think he could be a very good player.

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Ima fubar's picture

February 11, 2016 at 05:58 pm

I have him pegged as a Franklin. To frail to take the NFL pounding and expect very little if anything from this guy.
I know high ankle sprains, both ankles more than once. I'm a pro. Yes they can take ten weeks to heel in a cast, them rehab.
Here's his problem going forward. You never ever get 100% healing. This is a recurring injury and each time it heals less. No matter who were talking about.
I would not put my eggs in his basket long term thats for sure.

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