Montgomery (knee/shoulder) reportedly won't return to action this season, Mark Daniels of Masslive.com reports.
Analysis: Per the report, Montgomery -- who remains on IR -- underwent shoulder surgery, though at this stage that hasn't been confirmed by the Patriots. In any case, while Montgomery is sidelined, J.J. Taylor, Pierre Strong and Kevin Harris are slated to remain in the team's depth mix behind top backs, Rhamondre Stevenson and Damien Harris (illness).
Nov 16, 2022 10:13 AM EST
Montgomery (knee) is not expected to be activated from injured reserve in Week 6, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
Analysis: Montgomery was placed on IR with a right knee injury on Sept. 13 following the Patriots' Week 1 loss to the Dolphins, but head coach Bill Belichick doesn't expect the running back to return in Week 6. With Damien Harris (hamstring) potentially unavailable for New England's Week 6 matchup with the Browns, Pierre Strong, J.J. Taylor and Kevin Harris could see increased roles behind starter Rhamondre Stevenson in the contest.
Oct 10, 2022 7:32 AM EST
The Patriots placed Montgomery on injured reserve Tuesday due to an apparent aggravation of a right knee injury, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: After initially injuring his knee Aug. 26 and turning in only limited participation in practice last week, Montgomery was listed as questionable ahead of Sunday's game against the Dolphins. He ultimately gained clearance to play in the Patriots' season-opening 20-7 loss, logging 21 snaps while accounting for 13 yards and New England's only touchdown across five touches (two carries, three receptions). With Montgomery's move to IR ensuring that he'll miss at least the next four games, rookie Pierre Strong could step in as the third option in backfield rotation headlined by Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson.
Sep 13, 2022 1:54 PM EST
Montgomery was on the field for 21 of a possible 57 snaps on offense in Sunday's 20-7 loss to Miami, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: In the process, Montgomery carried twice for minus-two yards and caught three of his four targets for 15 yards and a TD. Given that rookie Pierre Strong was inactive in Week 1, it looks like Montgomery has a decent grip on the Patriots' change-of-pace duties early on this season, while Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson (who saw two passing targets Sunday) remain the team's primary early-down options. Looking ahead, Montgomery possesses modest fantasy utility in PPR-friendly formats, with his weekly volume likely to be dependent on varying game plans and game flows.
Sep 12, 2022 9:21 AM EST
Montgomery (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's season opener against the Dolphins, Evan Lazar of the Patriots' official site reports.
Analysis: In his regular-season debut with the Patriots, Montgomery, who was a limited practice participant this week, will look to help fill the change-of-pace void (behind top early-down options Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson) in the team's offense created by the retirement of James White. It remains to seen how much volume that will initially yield for Montgomery, with Stevenson potentially factoring into the team's passing game as well, but Pierre Strong being made inactive Sunday suggests that Montgomery may not face limitations against Miami in Week 1.
Sep 11, 2022 8:48 AM EST
Montgomery (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's season opener against the Dolphins.
Analysis: If he's available Sunday, Montgomery -- who was a limited practice participant this week -- is a candidate to help fill the change-of-pace void created by the retirement of James White. If he's out or limited, however, rookie Pierre Strong could see added snaps behind top early-down options Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson, with Stevenson potentially factoring into the team's passing game as well.
Sep 9, 2022 1:28 PM EST
Montgomery (knee) remained limited at practice Thursday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Unless he manages to log a full practice Friday, Montgomery figures to head into the weekend with a degree of uncertainty regarding his Week 1 status. If he's out or limited Sunday against the Dolphins, rookie Pierre Strong would be a candidate to see added touches behind fellow RBs Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson.
Sep 8, 2022 1:15 PM EST
Montgomery (knee) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
Analysis: As Cox notes, Montgomery left New England's preseason finale with an ankle injury, but Wednesday's practice report lists him with a knee issue. Either way, if Montgomery is available this weekend against the Dolphins, he's a candidate to help fill the change-of-pace/pass-catching void created by the retirement of James White. If Montgomery is out or limited, however, rookie Pierre Strong could see added touches behind top early-down options Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson.
Sep 7, 2022 1:56 PM EST
Montgomery (ankle) was present for Wednesday's practice, Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Analysis: Curran notes that Montgomery, who was carted off the field during the Patriots' preseason finale, looked "spry" Wednesday. It remains to be seen if Montgomery is listed as a full participant, but the change-of-pace back's presence at practice bodes well for his chances of suiting up Sunday against the Dolphins.
Sep 7, 2022 10:04 AM EST
Montgomery (ankle) remained sidelined during Thursday's practice, Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald reports.
Analysis: Montgomery sustained a right ankle injury during the Patriots' preseason finale, so his progress will need to be monitored ahead of the team's Week 1 contest against the Dolphins. If he's available, Montgomery is a candidate to help fill the change-of-pace/pass-catching void created by the retirement of James White. Also currently in the mix on that front is rookie Pierre Strong, though New England also has three more running back options (J.J. Taylor/Kevin Harris and the versatile Lynn Bowden) to potentially promote from the practice squad.
Sep 2, 2022 9:23 AM EST
Montgomery (ankle) didn't practice Monday, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
Analysis: Montgomery sustained a right ankle injury during Friday's preseason game versus the Raiders and there has yet to be a concrete update on the severity of his injury since then. The 29-year-old had been projected to help fill the change-of-pace/pass-catching void created by the retirement of James White, but if he's forced to miss time early on this season, rookie Pierre Strong is a candidate to see increased opportunities in New England's offense, while the team's top early down options Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson could also see added looks in the passing game in that context.
Aug 29, 2022 10:21 AM EST
Montgomery is slated undergo further tests to determine the severity of the ankle injury he sustained in Friday's preseason finale against the Raiders, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Montgomery had been projected to help fill the change-of-pace/pass-catching void created by the retirement of James White, but if he's forced to miss time into the regular season, rookie Pierre Strong is a candidate to see increased opportunities in New England's offense. Additionally, the team's top early-down options, Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson, could see added looks in the passing game out of the gate in such a scenario, Evan Lazar of the Patriots' official site notes.
Aug 27, 2022 5:53 AM EST
Montgomery won't return to Friday's preseason game in Las Vegas due to a right ankle injury, Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Analysis: In a game in which Damien Harris (undisclosed) didn't play, Rhamondre Stevenson got all the backfield reps on the Patriots' first possession, with Montgomery entering on the team's second drive. After his only official touch (a four-yard carry), Montgomery was tended to by New England's training staff before requiring assistance to reach the sideline and a cart to go to the locker room. He's the top candidate to take on the retired James White's vacated change-of-pace role this season, but a serious injury could impact those plans. J.J. Taylor and rookie sixth-rounder Kevin Harris likely are the next players up if Montgomery misses any time.
Aug 26, 2022 7:07 PM EST
Montgomery suffered a lower right leg injury during Friday's preseason game at Las Vegas, Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Analysis: Montgomery attempted to reach the sideline on his own, but he eventually fell back to the turf and was attended to by the Patriots' training staff before needing assistance to get off the field. He then was carted to the locker room. The severity of the injury is unknown, but anything serious would be a blow to his chances of taking on some of the retired James White's change-of-pace role in the offense. Candidates for that job otherwise are J.J. Taylor and rookie sixth-round pick Kevin Harris.
Aug 26, 2022 5:40 PM EST
Montgomery carried the ball four times for 13 yards and a touchdown and caught his only target for five yards in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.
Analysis: Somewhat surprisingly, Damien Harris, Rhamondre Stevenson and Montgomery rotated through the offense during the first half, with the latter punching in a two-yard TD early in the second quarter. It was thought the well-traveled journeyman might be the top candidate to replace the retired James White in passing situations, but Friday's usage of the trio suggests the Patriots' backfield could be a true committee in 2022 instead, making it difficult to trust any of them on a weekly basis. Per Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald, coach Bill Belichick indicated after the game all his healthy starters would be available for New England's preseason finale next week against the Raiders, so there will be one more chance for the coaching staff to provide some clarity on how Montgomery and the rest of the RB crew will be deployed in the regular season.
Aug 19, 2022 8:38 PM EST
In the wake of James White's retirement, based on how things have gone in training camp, Montgomery could have the inside track to fill the Patriots' vacated receiving back role, Evan Lazar of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: One bit of context supporting that notion is that Montgomery was among the Patriots (a group that included the team's key skill players) who sat out Thursday night's preseason opener. The report notes that rookie Pierre Strong is also candidate to help fill the void created by the absence of White, but the 2022 fourth-rounder is going to need to establish that he can be counted on in pass protection and thus may be eased into the mix if Montgomery indeed claims a notable change-of-pace role out of the gate this season behind top early-down options Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson.
Aug 12, 2022 2:00 PM EST
Montgomery is a candidate to see added opportunities in the Patriots' offense after running back James White announced his retirement from the NFL, NESN's Zack Cox and ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Analysis: At this stage, Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson currently top the Patriots' running back depth chart and are in line handle the bulk of the team's early-down work this season. With White no longer in the mix though, there will be change-of-pace/pass-catching snaps and touches available, and both Cox and Reiss believe that the versatile Montgomery has a chance to claim a share of them. Meanwhile, rookie fourth-rounder Pierre Strong is another player who could factor in on that front, with 2022 sixth-rounder Kevin Harris and returnee J.J. Taylor also competing for depth slotting in New England's backfield.
Aug 11, 2022 11:57 AM EST
Montgomery has been one of the Patriots' early standouts in training camp, Evan Lazar of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Though the Patriots' roster lists the 29-year-old as a wide receiver, the team's unofficial depth chart lists the versatile Montgomery as a second-team running back. While Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson are expected to lead the team's rushing attack this season, Lazar believes that as things stand, "Montgomery is not just on the team; he will be incorporated into the offense and special teams." Also in the team's backfield mix are James White (who is bouncing back from a hip injury) and J.J. Taylor, as well as rookies Pierre Strong and Kevin Harris.
Aug 8, 2022 4:40 PM EST
Patriots running back coach Vinnie Sunseri relays that Montgomery, who is listed as a wide receiver on the team's official roster, has been taking backfield reps, NESN.com's Zack Cox reports.
Analysis: Given the Patriots' deep running back corps and solid depth at wideout, there's not a clear path for Montgomery to see steady touches in the team's offense at this stage. That said, the 29-year-old's versatility is an asset that could help him secure a roster spot, in particular if he makes a case to earn special teams snaps. In 14 games with the Saints last season, Montgomery carried 15 times for 44 yards while catching 16 of his 26 targets for 95 yards.
May 19, 2022 11:48 AM EST
Montgomery is signing a two-year deal with the Patriots, independent NFL reporter Dov Kleiman reports.
Analysis: Montgomery may provide depth behind passing-down back James White, who was re-signed earlier this week, or he could see more of his work at wide receiver. Either way, the versatile 29-year-old isn't likely to have a big role, with any fantasy value likely requiring injuries ahead of him.
Mar 17, 2022 10:29 AM EST
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