When Aaron Rodgers Makes a Promise…

Ty Montgomery came off the field after the first series of the Forty-Niners game and apologized to Aaron Rodgers. He had dropped a pass on the very first play, a play-action to Aaron Rodgers Interceptions INTsEddie Lacy that had Montgomery on a streak on the outside. Rodgers and the offensive line had executed the fake perfectly and Rodgers rolled out to deliver (on the run, mind you) a perfect ball to Montgomery that would have gone for a minimum of forty yards and a likely touchdown over Tramaine Brock.

The rookie knew he had missed an opportunity, but when he talked to his quarterback about it, he was reassured that there would be other opportunities. This is a promise that began to be fulfilled during the rest of that very same game that saw Montgomery run the ball twice for 10 yards and catch 3 passes for 15 yards. But this Sunday’s game against the Rams could be the breakout game for Ty.

The Rams’ defensive backfield was not neglected as the team built their formidable defensive front. Janoris Jenkins is not the biggest CB at just 5’10” and weighing under 200 pounds he would appear to be a possible weakness. But Jenkins has had two interceptions in the last two games and plays fast and smart. He will be a test for a wide-receiver corps that has to make use Ty and also Jeff Janis. Trumaine Johnson was a tackling machine in the Rams’ win against the Cardinals and is a big, physical corner who may be matched up against James Jones for his physicality. But one thing the Rams’ head coach Jeff Fisher called the defense out for even after their win against the Cards was the big plays it gave up in the open field.

So the Packers will have opportunities.

The Packers’ wide receiver corps, even without Jordy Nelson, can be a nightmare for any defensive backfield. Depending on how the Rams scheme against Jones and Cobb, Ty Ty Montgomery Kick ReturnsMontgomery would be a big part of the offensive scheme if Davante Adams is once again sidelined with that high-ankle sprain.

If that is the case, look for Rodgers to make good on that promise for more opportunities for the young player that is raising eyebrows and showing versatility, smarts, and the perfectionist attitude that will quickly put a drop like that one last Sunday in the rear-view mirror. I think the future is bright for this kid. His quarterback likes him, and it is very telling that coach McCarthy said that they were impressed with Montgomery from day one. It is also telling that the coach said that they have had to back off the number of things they were asking Ty to do because he was so capable that they had given him too much and now that he will have to function more as a receiver, they need to let him concentrate.

This is a rook who knows the playbook.

So go on out there, Ty. Get yourself a career day and help your team notch another win against another tough opponent. ‘Cuz you’ve got promises to keep, and miles to run before you sleep.

Go Pack!



When Aaron Rodgers Makes a Promise…
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