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June 25, 2017

Special Teams Get A Boost

UnknownCoach Mike McCarthy vowed to improve the special teams in 2015, and his boss has given him plenty of ammunition to do just that. After adding terrific athletes with his first two picks (Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins), general manager Ted Thompson selected arguably the best special teams player in the entire draft in round 3.

Ty Montgomery may be listed as a wide receiver, but he’s not going to earn his paycheck in the National Football league by catching passes. The former Stanford star struggles getting in and out of breaks and his hands are suspect. What isn’t suspect, however, is his ability to return kicks and punts. At 220 pounds, Montgomery is powerful, explosive and dangerous once the ball is in his hands. There’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll be a difference maker on special teams.

As far as offense is concerned, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Montgomery moved to running back at some point in the future. His skill set is much better suited for that position. He has a strong lower body. And it’s not like he’s never carried the ball before. He rushed 39 times for 334 yards (8.6 average) and 4 touchdowns during his college career.

(NOTEThanks to Ted’s excellent adventures on Thursday and Friday, nobody won either of the draft contests. Thanks for competing)


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