Ty Montgomery has had a crazy few days.
When he woke up Sunday he was a valuable role player for the Green Bay Packers. Then came a sideline rant, a fumble, a controversy over the fumble, Aaron Rodgers being mad at him, Montgomery questioning whichever teammate ripped him anonymously and then he was traded for the NFL equivalent of a ham sandwich. Before Tuesday’s deadline he was traded to the Baltimore Ravens for a 2020 seventh-round pick, which is about as cheap of a price as you can give for a player. The Packers all but shouted that they wanted to move on after whatever happened Sunday.
So you can forgive Montgomery for having a bit of a question about where he had landed, when he met with reporters Wednesday.
“Never spent any time in Maryland before … we are in Maryland, right?” Montgomery, who was born and raised in Texas and went to college at Stanford, told reporters. “This whole part of the country kind of throws me for a loop. I don’t know if I’m in Virginia or what.”
While the geography around the Beltway can get confusing, the Ravens’ facility is in Owings Mills, Maryland.
First order of business for Ty Montgomery: Meet your new teammates.
Second order of business: Confirm which state you're in 😂 pic.twitter.com/9UoifdwfsF
— NBC Sports Ravens (@NBCSRavens) October 31, 2018
Ty Montgomery’s time with Packers finished in controversy
With his location confirmed, Montgomery can get down to the business of changing the perception of him around the league. That won’t be easy after the past few days.
Montgomery’s fumble on a kickoff return against the Los Angeles Rams was bad enough; it cost the Packers and Rodgers a chance to drive for the win. Then came a story that teammates said he disobeyed coaches to take the ball out of the end zone instead of kneeling on it and it might been related to him being taken out of the game before. Montgomery said he was bothered that an anonymous teammate ripped him, and he didn’t disobey orders.
The dump trade on Tuesday seemed to confirm plenty of what was said about Montgomery. That’s in the past now, because Montgomery has a has a couple months to make an impression before becoming a free agent next offseason.
“I’m here, I want to be here, I’m committed here because this is where I am. I want to be here,” Montgomery told reporters in Maryland. “I’m excited and I want to do everything that’s asked of me and take advantage of this opportunity.”
Presumably the “I want to do everything that’s asked of me” part of that will be noticed in Wisconsin.
Montgomery might play Sunday vs. Steelers
Montgomery could “possibly,” play this week, according to Ravens coach John Harbaugh, in a key game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“I think it’s something we’ll look at today in practice and try to get a feel for that,” Harbaugh said.
Montgomery could help the Ravens the rest of the season. He’s a versatile player who began his career as a receiver, switched to running back and that blend of skills makes him a valuable player.
But he wasn’t going to be that player in Green Bay anymore, not after Sunday. Now it’s on Montgomery to impress the Ravens, once he figures out where he is and gets settled.
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