Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy watches the scoreboard
during the first half of an NFL football game against the
Chicago Bears, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, in Green Bay, Wis.
GREEN BAY — Get
used to seeing wide receivers in the backfield for the Green Bay
Packers, at least while they wait for their injured running backs to
The Packers already
used the look at times as a wrinkle with Randall Cobb and Ty
Montgomery. They leaned on the scheme heavily in the 26-10 win on
Thursday night over the Chicago Bears.
It could be an
offensive staple when the Packers next play on Oct. 30 against
"You try to
create opportunities and have a vision and build a plan based off of
your availability of your players week in and week out," coach
Mike McCarthy said Friday.
Montgomery and Cobb
are versatile pass catchers. They were willing to take on extra
responsibilities, with Green Bay's offense having a productive night
in its first game without injured running back Eddie Lacy. Montgomery
took most of the Packers' 81 snaps, a season high, at running back.
"I didn't have
that many plays in the backfield since, like, eighth grade, I
think," Montgomery said with a laugh after the game. "But it
was a lot of fun, though."
Montgomery had nine
carries for a team-high 60 yards, highlighted by a 30-yard run early
in the third quarter that started a 13-play, 85-yard touchdown drive
to regain the lead at 13-10.
Montgomery also tied
a career-high with 10 catches for 66 yards, joining Davante Adams and
Cobb in double figures for receptions as Aaron Rodgers set a
single-game franchise record with 39 completions.
As the play-caller,
McCarthy took responsibility for not giving Cobb a carry out of the
backfield in the loss to the Cowboys on Sunday. McCarthy said the plan
was to have Cobb get four or five carries in that game.
On Thursday, Cobb
ranked second on the team with five carries for 21 yards. He also tied
a career high with 11 catches for 95 yards and a touchdown as Rodgers
relied on quick, short passing.
really stepping up and filling positions where we just didn't have
anybody left," offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga said. "They
were making big plays."
Lacy is on injured
reserve and must sit out at least eight weeks because of an ankle
injury. James Starks is sidelined indefinitely after knee surgery last
That left the Packers
with two newcomers at running back Thursday: undrafted rookie Don
Jackson and fourth-year pro Knile Davis, who was acquired in a trade
with the Kansas City Chiefs this week.
Jackson had only two
carries for 6 yards before leaving with a hand injury in the second
quarter. His status for the Falcons game is uncertain. Davis, who had
a kickoff return, didn't enter the game on offense until the second
half and had only two carries for a yard.
If he's needed as a
running back again, Montgomery will be ready.
"I'm a football
player, and as a football player, I can do anything that's asked of
me," he said.