Montgomery fields all returns vs. Patriots

Pete Dougherty
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Ty Montgomery, the Packers’ third-round draft pick, handled all their kickoff and punt returning Thursday night. He returned two punts for a 7-yard average and had two fair catches. Both of New England’s kickoffs were touchbacks, so he had no kickoff returns.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Ty Montgomery (88) eludes New England Patriots defensive back Jimmy Jean (35) during a punt return in the first half of an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

"I felt comfortable back there,” Montgomery said. “I wasn’t sure if they were going to kick me one on kickoff (to take out of end zone). I thought I was going to get a chance on one of them, but it was just a little too deep. Based on what Coach told me, I had to take the knee and be decisive. I tried to take a couple punts. I felt good back there.”

So far in camp Montgomery looks like the probable No. 1 kickoff returner, but he actually hasn’t done nearly as much punt returning in training camp. Micah Hyde, who averaged 15.8 yards on 14 punt returns last season, has worked as the No. 1 punt returner all camp and figures to remain in that job when the season begins. But the Packers know what Hyde can do as a punt returner so likely were getting a long look at Montgomery as the possible No. 2.

Concussion for Perillo: Tight end Justin Perillo was having a good night before he had to leave the game because of a concussion. He had two catches for 23 yards in the second quarter, including a 16-yarder to convert a third-and-one. But later in the quarter he took a big hit by defensive back Duron Harmon on a throw over the middle and never returned to the game.

The only other injury McCarthy announced after the game was an ankle injury to defensive back Kyle Sebetic.

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