Who has the best running back group in the division?
As we enter the dog days of the offseason it is time to turn our attention to the season coming. For this series we will examine every position group in the NFC North and see where the Bears group of players fit in. This will include depth as well as top end talent. This should be a good exercise to see where the Bears stand in both depth and talent, then look back at the end of the season and see who exceeded or failed to meet expectations. For the first position we will look at running back.
4. Green Bay Packers
Ty Montgomery, Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones, Devante Mays
Let’s be honest, running back is not the most loaded position in the division. The bottom three were actually very close, but the Packers do currently hold the title of worst running game in the division.
The first reason is obvious, the only running back with NFL carries on the team was a wide receiver this time last year. Montgomery only has 80 career carries, 77 coming last year. While he did fare well overall as a runner, most of his success came on a 16 carry, 162 yard performance that Bears fans surely remember. Without that game he was still respectable, but has the look more of a complimentary back than your December Green Bay weather back should look like.
This is where Jamaal Williams comes in. Williams is a north to south runner with power as well as some finesse to navigate between the tackles. He has a lot of skill, but is not a top level athlete with breakaway speed, and it had him fall into the fourth round. So while Williams has some upside to be a perfect fit as a Packers power back, he still has a lot to prove before he gets any respect in this sort of ranking.
Aaron Jones is a back who can also catch and provide complimentary carries, and Mays is another bigger back out of Utah State. It appears the Packers plan is to get all four out there for training camp and have the best backs earn the carries this season. We will see who, if anyone can emerge here.