The Green Bay Packers have struggled at the running back position all season long and those struggles continued in the loss to the Indianapolis Colts today. The 31-26 loss to the Colts puts the Packers at 4-4 for the season and coach Mike McCarthy is now officially on the hot seat. The Packers best running game came from Ty Montgomery, who is a wide receiver converted to running back. With just a measly 53 yards gained, it became clear that there needed to be a change.
During the 3rd quarter of the game, play had to be stopped because a squirrel found its way on to the field and began to run around in the end-zone. The crowd and announcers immediately took a liking to the little guy. Immediately after the conclusion of the game, the Packers announced that the team would be signing the squirrel to a 5 year, $50 million dollar contract. This came to a surprise to many as the squirrel went un-drafted out of Country Club neighborhood. Scouts said the agility and speed were there, but the ability to hold on to acorns and nuts needed some work. It is clear that he has been working on his form as well. The technique while running in the end-zone was the best that scouts have seen. With a 4.8 40 yard dash time at the combine earlier in the year, it is thought that he has brought it down to a solid 4.5.
I think this a great move by the team. The squirrel spent more time in the end-zone during the game than the Packers, so they could use some more of that. The team has no problem airing out the ball, so the addition of another running back could help Aaron Rodgers. Next week the Packers will travel to Tennessee to take on the Titans, who just came off a game where they gave up 250 total yards to Charger's running back Melvin Gordon. This will be a great first match-up for the new running back and it is expected that he will put up some big numbers. Fantasy experts are predicting that he will be a solid RB-1 or Flex option for your fantasy team.