Green Bay Packers wide receiver Ty Montgomery co-hosted Monday's Clubhouse Live, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin’s live weekly football show. Packers rookie wide receiver Trevor Davis was Montgomery’s guest.
Among the topics they touched on were offensive production, the play of Randall Cobb and working with Aaron Rodgers. The show can be seen live at The Clubhouse Sports Pub & Grill in downtown Appleton or at clubhouselive.com.
Here are select and edited answers from the interview:
Q: You're a quarter of the way through your regular season schedule, and the offense is still seeking to find the consistency we've seen in past seasons. What needs to happen for that rhythm to get established as you move ahead?
Montgomery: The offensive line played so great (in Sunday's win over the Giants), and I think everything starts up front. We get the offensive line playing well, Aaron (Rodgers) feels comfortable, the running game is working to open up the passing game and the play-action game. Obviously, we love seeing '87' (Jordy Nelson) go down field and catch big plays. So I think the offensive line continuing to be who they are and do what they do up front, and we'll have no problem getting better.
Q:Randall Cobb had a big game against the Giants. As you've watched and worked with Randall, what do you most admire about the way he plays and his approach to being a professional football player?
Montgomery: There are so many positive things you can say about Randall. First of all, Randall comes into work every single day. And when I say he comes into work, he comes into work. He works really hard. He's always doing extra. Even in practice, he's a guy that I admire because he treats practice like it's a game. He goes full speed. He finishes everything. In his mind, it's a game, and then you see it translate on Sundays. That's one thing I've taken away from Randall. He has been in the league longer than I have, and he's somewhere I'd like to get to. He's definitely a guy that I watch.
Q: As a rookie wide receiver, how do you go about earning the trust of Aaron Rodgers? And have you done that yet?
Davis: Yes, that's what you need to do. And yes, that's what we try to do in OTAs and training camp - basically just catching everything and also knowing everything. That's a big thing with him is being mentally in the game and knowing what you need to do. And then going out there and he knows you're going to run the right play. He doesn't need to tell you after the play, 'Remember, you have this, right?' He doesn't want to have to do that. He wants to be able to go out there, say the play and know you've got it down. That's how you gain his trust. Have I gained his trust? I believe so. He comes to me and tells me he knows I'm a smart guy. He knows I can learn the playbook. And he knows I'm a rookie as well, and I am just learning the playbook. He knows how large it is. So he comes to me and tells me, 'Just keep your mind in the playbook and keep learning it, and I'll keep coming to you.'
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