Green Bay Packers wide receiver Ty Montgomery co-hosted Monday's Clubhouse Live, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin’s live weekly football show. Packers defensive tackle Christian Ringo was Montgomery’s guest.
Among the topics they touched on were dealing with the spotlight, developing talent and life on the practice squad. 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 looked less than thrilled in discussing the illness that kept you out of Sunday's game against Atlanta. How difficult is it to balance the need for information in today's 24/7 media cycle versus your need to keep a personal matter private?
Montgomery: Sometimes, I think some people forget that we're still human and not just sources of information or fantasy points or whatever. But it comes with the territory, and we understand that.
Q: While there are no such thing as moral victories when it comes to competing in the NFL, how can you use Sunday's setback against Atlanta as a benefit moving forward? Young guys like Geronimo Allison, Trevor Davis and Jeff Janis made plays in the loss, and you're seeing a lot of your younger guys get action and experience on both sides of the ball. Do you see the depth strengthening, particularly among the receivers?
Montgomery: We're already dealing with the injuries, so we're already having to put (the younger guys) in and see what they can do - myself included. I wasn't going in until there were some injuries happening, so I definitely think it shows our depth, what we have and what we're going to have moving forward into the stretch. Because once playoffs come and hopefully we get everybody back, it's going to take each and every single one of us to do what we want to do.
Q: You spent last season on the Packers' practice squad. How did you attack that role and working as a key member of the scout team?
Ringo: We'd go to practice every day, and we didn't play on Sundays, so that Thursday was like our game day. We didn't care. We were going to bring the load, and we were going to get our guys ready to play. So if practice was quiet, we'd check in. We'd be like, 'Hey, where you at, man? You're quiet over there! Yeah, Ringo, you need to make some noise!' I'm like, 'OK, OK, he called me out.' Just putting forth motivational things, just trying to get better each and every day.
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