One person who has been overlooked in most of the conversation of how good this offense could be is Ty Montgomery. Montgomery was unable to continue the season but in a short five games (four really, as he wasn’t targeted in week one against the Bears) Montgomery showed promise and versatility for a rookie with little time to pick up the offense. Montgomery was 4 of 5 for 59 yards and almost 15 yards a catch against the Rams, it is unfortunate to see how he could have developed and I believe that he could have been a difference maker in a playoff game against the Cardinals that came down to one overtime series.
A lot of talk this off-season has centered around Jeff Janis and Jared Abbrederis and their development, and rightly so. Between those three young players, the return to health of Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, and the addition of Jared Cook, Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers will look forward to a season more like 2014 than 2015.
And here is another thought…the signing of Jared Cook will also push Richard Rodgers to improve. Cook, regardless of what he is…is not a long term solution to the tight end problems of last year and that is an opportunity for Richard Rodgers to continue to grow. Beyond that, don’t be surprised to see the Packers pick up another tight end in the late rounds (compensatory) of this year’s draft.
I see the Packers using more two tight end sets this year with Jared Cook as a legitimate threat when motioned out to spread defenses out. But Richard Rodgers was instrumental in the (few and far between perhaps) good run games that the Packers had from time to time in 2015. The Packers could have the best two tight end threat in the NFC North now and with Angelichio coming in with fresh ideas, I expect that the Packers will no longer neglect two tight ends. Early on, they will test it out and if it is working, it could become a serious part of the Packers offense.
And that…is not even to begin to talk about all the other offensive sets we could see as the Packers kick the tires on Jared Cook. All in all, this is to some extent a “prove it” tight end as he has been in the league awhile and the offense as a whole has something to prove this year. But the addition of Cook and key returning starters make it more and more likely that the Packers open up the playbook and tear apart defenses in 2016.
But what offensive sets are you looking forward to this season? Let us know in the comments below or back on the Facebook fanpage.