On Tuesday afternoon the NFL trade deadline dominated the headlines with many big name players finding new homes across the league. The Ravens were not involved in one of the blockbuster deals but they still managed to make a low risk trade with the Green Bay Packers that could help their needs at the running back position.
Baltimore will receive Ty Montgomery from the Packers in exchange for a seventh round pick in the 2020 NFL draft. Montgomery was a third round pick in the 2015 draft and has started 14 games in Green Bay since then. He has accumulated just 849 rushing yards so far in his career but he does provide the Ravens with some options as a running back that can get involved in the pass game and special teams.
Baltimore’s offense has struggled to get the most out of its current running back core but Buck Allen currently fills the role of the receiving running back while Alex Collins does more of the work on the ground. At the end of the day neither Allen or Collins has been able to live up to the expectations surrounding them. Gus Edwards looked to provide a spark off the practice squad but his involvement has been shrinking since the Ravens win over Tennessee a few weeks ago.
Montgomery found himself on the trade block early this week after a costly fourth quarter fumble in this past Sunday’s game against the Rams. The 25-year-old running back coughed up the ball on a kick return late in the game and cost his team a chance at a potential game winning drive. Hopefully a change of scenery is beneficial for Montgomery but at the very least this is a lottery ticket move for the Ravens that could pay off down the stretch.
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