Oct 15, 2018; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery (88) scores a touchdown against San Francisco 49ers linebacker Fred Warner (48) in the first quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

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RB Ty Montgomery looking for new beginnings with Ravens

After being traded by the Packers before Tuesday's trade deadline, the 25-year old running back is looking to start anew with the Ravens.

October 31, 2018 - 6:30 pm

By: Kyle J. Andrews

Recently acquired running back Ty Montgomery could fit into Baltimore’s plans this week, as they face off against the Steelers. The 25-year old running back was traded to the Ravens by the Packers for a 2020 seventh round pick after a fumbled kick return on Sunday, prior to Tuesday's 4 p.m. trade deadline.

Though Montgomery had his fault in Sunday’s Green Bay loss to the Los Angeles Rams, he has been a steady kick returner over the course of the season. In his ten returns, Montgomery has gained 210 yards, averaging 21 yards per return and has a long of 27 yards.

“He’s a very versatile player," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said prior to practice on Wednesday. My brother actually recruited him to Stanford. “I have never met Ty, but I’ve been watching him play with the Packers and when we played against them and prepared against them.

“[He is] a very versatile player — running back, obviously very good in the pass game as a running back, as well — protection and catching the ball in the backfield and things like that — lines up at receiver at times and then, as a kick returner. He’s done a good job too, so he brings some versatility for us.”

The team as a whole averages just 3.6 yards per rushing attempt. Montgomery adds 4.0 yards per attempt on the season and 4.8 over his career. His addition could help Baltimore against the Steelers who are 10th in yards per attempt allowed at 4.1. Despite that, Harbaugh claims that the move has little to do with the lack of success in the running game.

“We always want good players and Ty can help us run the ball,” Harbaugh said. “That’s good. I don’t want to frame it like he can’t help us. It certainly can, but that wasn’t part of the conversation. It happened late. Ozzie [Newsome] came in about 3 p.m. and said, ‘Hey, we’re doing this,’ and we’re rolling. So, we’re excited about it.”

Montgomery began his career as a wide receiver for the Packers and slowly transitioned into a running back role when a need arose. Since 2016 when he became a full-time running back, Montgomery has carried the ball 174 times for 835 yards, seven touchdowns and added 82 receptions for 691 yards and a touchdown.

The former Stanford standout could be active in his first game for the Ravens according to Harbaugh who said:

“It’s something we’ll look at today at practice and try to get a feel for that.”

In the words of Montgomery himself, he’s had a whirlwind of a weekend. On Monday, reports came out that his former quarterback Aaron Rodgers was fed up with his fumbled kickoff return. Other reports stated that Montgomery had social media threats levied against him. Then on Tuesday, he was dealt to the Ravens.

“It’s been beautiful,” said Montgomery to reporters on Wednesday. “I’ve been a little sleep-deprived, traveling, coming in, trying to fit in the meetings, but it’s been beautiful. Transition has been smooth so far, and I’m glad to be here.”

Life has drastically changed since Sunday and Montgomery is excited for the opportunity that he has with the Ravens. It does come as a culture shock for him, as he is initially from Dallas, Texas, played college football in Palo Alto, California and played in Green Bay for three and a half seasons.

“I live by a code to control what I can control, so at that point, I wasn’t looking back on anything,” Montgomery said of his move to Baltimore. “I was trying to figure out how to move my wife and kid over here — never spent any time in Maryland before. We are in Maryland right? This whole part of the country kind of throws me for a loop. I don’t know if I’m in Virginia or what.”

He doesn’t want to think of having clean slate just yet, but he is ready to move forward with his career.

“We’ll find out,” Montgomery said of having a fresh start. “I don’t know if I was hoping for a fresh start. I will say I was ready to put that all in the past. I guess it’s going to turn into a fresh start being on this team.”

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