Packers RB Ty Montgomery Spent the Summer Working with the “Footwork King”

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Packers wideout-turned-running back Ty Montgomery worked with Rischad Whitfield, better known as the Footwork King, during the break between minicamp and training camp according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.

Whitfield has become one of the best trainers of NFL running backs in recent years and was given a large portion of the credit for Melvin Gordon’s sophomore surge last season.

“I hope it pays off for me, too,” Montgomery said. With Whitfield, Montgomery did “a lot of speed-ladder drills, a lot of change-of-direction drills, a lot of read-and-reaction drills.” Montgomery is also up to 223 pounds, but it’s lean muscle in the chest and shoulders area in an effort to take more of a pounding as a runner. The Packers are counting on Montgomery to be their primary back during the 2017 season.

Video: CBS Breaks Down the Packers Punting Battle This Summer

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Undrafted rookie Justin Vogel is the only punter on the Packers’ roster. He fits Green Bay’s preferred skill-set but there are no guarantees.

Packers Pick Up Option on Pro Bowl Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

The Packers officially picked up the fifth-year option on their Pro Bowl safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Monday, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

The deal marks the first time the team used the tactic to add another year to their first-rounder’s contract.

The Packers had until Wednesday to decide whether to add the fifth year (2018) to Clinton-Dix’s contract.

As a result of the option, Clinton-Dix will receive around $6 million in 2018, all of which is guaranteed against injury. Clinton-Dix is scheduled to make $1.55 million during the 2017 season.

Packers Send Running Backs Christine Michael and Don Johnson Packing

The Packers Monday released a pair of running backs, saying so-long to Christine Michael, and Don Johnson.

In this past weekend’s NFL Draft the Packers drafted Jamaal Williams (Round 4, Pick 134, BYU), Aaron Jones (Round 5, Pick 182, UTEP) and Devante Mays (Round 7, Pick 238, Utah State) stocking a depleted running back corps.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy named Ty Montgomery his starting running back on Saturday shortly after the team picked a trio of running backs — BYU’s Jamaal Williams (fourth round), UTEP’s Aaron Jones (fifth round) and Utah State’s Devante Mays (seventh round) — on the final day of the draft.

Even with Montgomery, a converted receiver, as the starter, the Packers are expected to share the workload among the new group of backs.

Michael played in nine games, including playoffs, last year for the Packers. He rushed 31 times for 114 yards and one touchdown in six regular-season games and added 58 yards on 16 carries in the three playoff games combined. The 2013 second-round pick of the Seahawks joined the Packers on Nov. 16, the same day Jackson was placed on injured reserve because of a knee injury.

The Packers re-signed Michael to a one-year, $800,000 deal on March 23, but only the $25,000 signing bonus was guaranteed.

Report: Packers Nearly Dealt QB Brett Hundley on Draft Day

The Packers dangled their backup quarterback Brett Hundley on the trade market and came close to making a deal on the second day of the draft, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Now it appears they’ll likely hang on to him for another year, but expect them to move him before he enters the final year of his contract in 2018. They believe they can get much more in return than the fifth-round pick they invested in him in 2015.

A Rundown of All the Green Bay Packers 2017 NFL Draft Picks

Sports Illustrated has a complete rundown of all of the Packers 2017 Draft Picks and some commentary as well.

Round 2, Pick 1 (33rd overall) (From Browns)

Kevin King, CB, Washington: An early reminder that Day 2 will be loaded with talent. King is not as complete a cornerback as his former Washington teammate, the injured Sidney Jones, but he checks off the size-speed combo at cornerback. He gives the Packers a potential top-two outside cornerback.? GRADE: B+

Round 2, Pick 29 (No. 61)

Josh Jones, S, N.C. State: The Packers keep stockpiling players in the secondary—Jones on top of earlier pick Kevin King. That loss to the Falcons in the NFC title game clearly stuck in their minds, as their banged-up secondary could not match up. Jones doesn’t necessarily have a clear path to playing time right away, but Morgan Burnett’s a soon-to-be free agent. GRADE: B?

Round 3, Pick 29 (No. 93)

Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn: Can the Packers get Adams to keep the light flipped on? The Auburn product flashed dominance at times, and he can bring it from several spots in the 3-4 alignment, but the glimpses of brilliance only made his long quiet stretches more frustrating. With Kenny Clark and Mike Daniels already in place, Adams could be eased into action. GRADE: B?

Round 4, Pick 1 (No. 108) (From Browns) Vince Biegel, LB, Wisconsin

Round 4, Pick 28 (No. 134) Jamaal Williams, RB, Brigham Young University

Round 5, Pick 32 (No. 175) (From Broncos) DeAngelo Yancey, WR, Purdue

Round 5, Pick 39 (No. 182) (Compensatory pick) Aaron Jones, RB, UTEP

Round 6, Pick 29 (No. 212) Kofi Amichia, C, USF

Round 7, Pick 20 (No. 238) Devante Mays, RB, Utah State

Round 7, Pick 29 (No. 247) Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU

Packers in Play for Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer at 33?

It sounds like the Packers are well aware that Aaron Rodgers is not going to be under center forever for the Packers, as Ian Rapoport of NFL Network is reporting the team is looking long and hard at the thought of drafting Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer with the 33rd pick in Friday’s NFL Draft.

Rapoport says that the Packers are getting trade calls, but could stick and make the pick.

Packers Ink Six-time Pro Bowl Guard Jahri Evans

Free agent guard Jahri Evans said earlier this month: “I’m just waiting for that phone call” and he finally did, Marc Sessler of NFL.com reports.

Evans is signing with the Packers, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old Evans parted ways with the Saints this offseason after spending 11 years with the club that chose him in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft.

Evans started all 16 games for New Orleans last year and finished as the 36th-ranked player at his position, per Pro Football Focus.

Green Bay has a need at the position after losing right guard T.J. Lang to the Lions. Instead of having to burn a draft pick on a lineman, the Packers will allow Evans to fend off the likes of Don Barclay, Kyle Murphy and Lucas Patrick for the starting role.