Ty Montgomery is having quite the whirlwind week. On Sunday, Montgomery was playing for the Green Bay Packers in an NFC matchup against the Los Angeles Rams. Fast forward to Wednesday and he's now a member of the Baltimore Ravens.
Montgomery's departure from Green Bay was not in good graces. During Sunday's matchup, with his team trailing by two late in the fourth quarter, the running back decided to take the ball out of the end zone on a kickoff return instead of taking a knee at head coach Mike McCarthy's orders.
He quickly fumbled the return and all comeback hopes were lost when it was recovered by the Rams.
That costly mistake was enough for the Packers to deal him to the Ravens for a measly 2020 seventh-round pick.
But now with a clean slate, Montgomery is ready to contribute to the Ravens in any way possible.
"Couldn't change anything about it," Montgomery said Wednesday about being traded. "I live by a code of trying to control what I can control, so at that point, I wasn't looking back on anything. Just trying to figure out how to move my wife and kid up here."
The fourth-year veteran, who through seven games has 26 carries for 105 yards and one touchdown, joins a run game that has yet to take off in 2018.
Ranked No. 24 in the league averaging 96.9 yards-per-game, Alex Collins has been the Ravens' starter averaging 3.7 yards-per-game with five touchdowns followed by Javorius 'Buck' Allen (2.6) and Gus Edwards (3.9).
However, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said the team signed Montgomery for his versatility and not in response to the lack of running game they've generating thus far.
"[He is] a very versatile player," Harbaugh said Wednesday. "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 brings some versatility for us."
"We always want good players, and Ty can help us run the ball. 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."
But now the Ravens find themselves sitting third in the AFC North at 4-4 with division rivals Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2-1) and Cincinnati Bengals (5-3) up next. Two losses and the postseason is practically in the rearview mirror with about a quarter of the season to go.
For a running back who is looking to right a wrong and an offense in need of an additional weapon, this could be the making of great relationship.
"I'm here. I want to be here," Montgomery added. "I'm committed here because this is where I am. I want to be here and I'm excited and I want to just do everything that's asked of me and take advantage of this opportunity."
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