Rookie Ty Montgomery doesn't disappoint in Packers' preseason debut

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Rookie Ty Montgomery was the star of the first two weeks of training camp. You might have said the same thing of the Green Bay Packers' first preseason game had the receiver been able to get both feet in bounds on a pair of almost catches.

Even without them, the third-round pick from Stanford showed why anyone who has seen the Packers practice this summer has raved about him.

Montgomery caught two passes for 28 yards in 34-play stint on Thursday against the New England Patriots.

"It was just another football game," Montgomery said. "It was definitely faster and different, but it was just football."

He also appeared on 10 special-teams plays and the first time he touched the ball, he returned a punt 14 yards.

"Ty made some good plays," quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. "He caught the ball on the punt return. That's big. I can imagine the nerves when that ball's coming down for a young rookie. Made a first-down catch and had a couple of opportunities, one I think he was frustrated about stepping out of bounds on the second foot. But he's a smart kid, he cares about it. He's going to continue to improve for us."

Coach Mike McCarthy also put Montgomery back on kickoff returns, but both of the kickoffs went for touchbacks.

Here are the offensive snap counts from the 22-11 win (the defensive breakdown can be found here):

Total offensive plays (87 total plays)


Notes: The quarterbacks had a relatively easy time considering the Patriots blitzed on only two of 48 pass plays, according to ProFootballFocus.com. However, Rodgers was sacked twice. Tolzien and Hundley each threw touchdown passes and had triple-digit passer ratings (102.9 for Tolzien, 138.9 for Hundley).

Offensive line

Notes: Bakhtiari allowed both sacks of Rodgers, including one on the first play from scrimmage. Barclay, who also yielded a sack, looked rusty in his first action since he tore his ACL last August. Walker, a practice-squad player last year, has been perhaps the most impressive backup in camp, where he has compiled a 13-2 record in the one-on-one pass blocking drill. The No. 2 line, from left to right, was: Vujnovich, Taylor, Tretter, Walker and Barclay.


Notes: White, who looked like the leading candidate for the No. 5 receiver spot, dropped one pass for sure and possibly could have been charged with a second. Janis may have moved back into that role with his 25-yard touchdown pass from Tolzien. It was Janis' third touchdown in a preseason game dating to last year. Adams was targeted a team-high seven times but had just three catches for 17 yards and possibly could be charged with dropping a touchdown pass from Rodgers.

Running backs

Notes: Neal was No. 3 behind Lacy and Starks, but Harris and Crockett were more productive. Harris showed his explosiveness on a 25-yard touchdown in the third quarter, and Crockett caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Hundley in the fourth quarter.

Tight ends

Notes: Rodgers' only target was an 18-yard catch on a seam route from Tolzien in the second quarter. Quarless had a drop and then couldn't stretch for a first down on a 6-yard catch on third-and-7. Perillo caught two passes for 23 yards before he exited with a concussion.