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Cheese Curds, 5/24: Montgomery settles in at running back, Bennett begins to lead

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The Packers’ presumptive starter at tailback is continuing to acclimate to his new position and put on some weight this offseason.

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One of the popular knocks on the Green Bay Packers’ plan to make Ty Montgomery their starting running back is the perception that he will not be able to hold up as a feature back over the course of a season.

It appears that Montgomery is taking that criticism to heart, whether or not it is well-founded.

First of all, listed at 6 feet and 216 pounds, Montgomery’s overall frame is very much in line with a traditional running back’s. In fact, that puts him at a denser place than Jamaal Williams, the Packers’ fourth-round pick, who is listed at 6 feet and 213. Secondly, the concept of a featured power back is a bit of a silly one when considering the Packers’ offense. APC’s Paul Noonan has broken down the concept before, but suffice it to say that nobody — the coaches especially — is expecting Montgomery to get a workload anywhere near 300 carries.

With that in mind, it’s still a bit telling that Montgomery put on weight this spring, likely in an effort to be a more effective runner. Check out news about the Packers’ starting tailback and much more in today’s curds.

Highlights of offensive assistants' news conference | Packers.com
Green Bay's position coaches discuss the depth on the offensive line, new additions like Martellus Bennett and Jahri Evans, and Ty Montgomery's continuing transition to running back.

Jacked up Ty Montgomery ready to take next step at RB | Packers Wire
Speaking of Montgomery, he is up four pounds from his listed weight last year, and it shows. (And he still looks pretty darn good in number 88, too.)

Aaron Rodgers: Martellus Bennett adds confidence to Green Bay Packers - ESPN
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Packers safety Jermaine Whitehead cited for driving 110 mph on I-43 | Packersnews.com
A couple of young players seem to need a bit of leadership, though. Apparently Whitehead -- with three teammates in the car -- was stopped after 3:30 AM last Friday on the way back to Green Bay.

Cortez Kennedy's death led to outpouring of support from the NFL world - SBNation.com
Kennedy passed away yesterday from causes that remain unknown at this time, but during his playing career he was one of the best, both on and off the field.

Vikings' video shows Teddy Bridgewater throwing - NFL.com
Bridgewater has a massive brace on his surgically-repaired knee, and it's still unlikely that he suits up much if at all in 2017.