|Ht / Wt:||6'0" / 221 lb.|
|Born:||July 24, 1996|
|Drafted:||2015 / Rd. 3 (94)|
Montgomery will have to earn a roster spot in camp, Matt Stypulkoski of NJ.com reports.
Analysis: With New York bringing back veteran Bilal Powell, the team is set up for a healthy running back competition behind Le'Veon Bell. Stypulkoski believes Montgomery's ability to shift over to the wide receiver in a pinch should help earn him the inside track for one of the available spots behind Bell, but the team almost certainly won't keep all five of Bell, Powell, Montgomery, Elijah McGuire and Trenton Cannon.
Montgomery's one-year contract is a veteran minimum deal with a $90,000 signing bonus, Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News reports.
Analysis: Montgomery's experience and receiving ability might make him the favorite for the No. 2 running back job, but his contract suggests he'll face competition from Elijah McGuire, Trenton Cannon and De'Angelo Henderson. The 26-year-old hasn't done much of note since 2016 and could end up on the roster bubble if he struggles to get acclimated during the offseason program. Coach Adam Gase said he's wary of overworking Le'Veon Bell, but it's still a good bet the prized offseason acquisition pushes for 20 touches per game (his career average is 24.9).
Montgomery is signing a one-year contract with the Jets, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The division rival Dolphins were expected to meet with Montgomery on Friday after the running back met with the Jets on Thursday, but it's now evident New York isn't letting him slip away. With little depth behind Le'Veon Bell, Montgomery initially enters the Jets backfield as a favorite to open the season as the No. 2 running back.
Montgomery is expected to visit the Jets on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Initially drafted as a wide receiver by the Packers in 2015, Montgomery made cameos at running back in 2016 and officially made the position switch one season later. However, he's dealt with injuries often in his career and earned just 25 touches in six games last season after he was dealt to Baltimore. In four campaigns, Montgomery has averaged 4.9 yards per carry, hauled in 73.3 percent of his 146 targets and churned out 22.7 yards per kickoff return on 35 tries. The Jets also brought in Spencer Ware on Wednesday, so Montgomery appears to be in consideration for a reserve role behind Le'Veon Bell and Elijah McGuire.
Montgomery had 15 carries for 83 yards and added 10 catches for 65 yards after joining the Ravens in November.
Analysis: A trade deadline acquisition after wearing out his welcome in Green Bay with a costly mistake against the Rams, Montgomery settled into a modest role on his new squad. Montgomery effectively took over the pass-catching role previously held by Javorius Allen. However, Kenneth Dixon's return late in the season put a cap on Montgomery's run game usage as he totaled just seven rushes in his final four games. He'll be a free agent this spring and it's unclear if the Ravens have Mongomery in their future plans.
Montgomery is active for Saturday's game against the Chargers.
Analysis: Montgomery was inactive in Week 15, but has seemingly jumped Javorious Allen on the depth chart, as it's the latter who is inactive Saturday. Montgomery still figures to face an uphill battle for touches with both Gus Edwards and Kenneth Dixon doing well in recent weeks.
Montgomery (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 15 tilt against the Buccaneers.
Analysis: Montgomery appeared to carving out a meaningful role in the Ravens offense just two games ago, but he logged just three touches in Week 14, Kenneth Dixon's second contest back from injured reserve. Dixon's strong showing over the last pair of contests almost assuredly played a pivotal role in Montgomery's inactive status Sunday.
Montgomery took two carries for one yard and caught one of three targets for one yard in Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: Montgomery played 19 of 71 snaps (27 percent) on offense, splitting work with Gus Edwards (31 snaps) and Kenneth Dixon (23). While he seems to be the preferred running back for obvious passing situations, Montgomery has averaged just 4.3 carries and three catches the past three weeks, and he still hasn't scored a touchdown with the Ravens. He's unlikely to see a major boost in workload Week 15 against Tampa Bay.
Montgomery caught five of seven targets for 42 yards and added 13 yards on three carries during Sunday's 26-16 win over the Falcons.
Analysis: Montgomery garnered fewer touches than he did during Week 12's win over Oakland, but his seven targets on Sunday -- three more than any other Raven -- warrant keeping an eye on. As Baltimore figures to continue to roll with the hot hand in rookie Lamar Jackson, a steady underneath target like Montgomery can provide the inexperienced passer with a valuable security blanket. Look for Montgomery to be leaned on for some easy completions next Sunday against a Chiefs team that often forces opponents to play from behind.
Montgomery ran for 51 yards on eight carries and added three catches for 13 yards on three targets against the Raiders.
Analysis: The Ravens got Montgomery more involved in the offense in his second game with the club Sunday, giving him 11 total touches. Montgomery was especially effective as a runner as he ripped off 6.4 yards per carry. Perhaps the most important takeaway is that Montgomery has seemingly taken Javorius Allen's role in the offense. It's worth noting, however, that Alex Collins (foot) was inactive for Sunday's game, so it will be interesting to see how Baltimore divvies snaps between Montgomery, Collins, and the ascending Gus Edwards when all three are active.
Montgomery picked up five yards on a lateral play during Sunday's 24-21 win over Cincinnati.
Analysis: Montgomery took the lateral inside the red zone late in the third quarter from rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson, setting up Gus Edwards' game-tying touchdown run. It wasn't a spectacular debut and Montgomery certainly doesn't fit the Ravens' mold of big-bodied backs, but the play showed that Montgomery can add dimensions to a Jackson-led offense, like option plays, to go along with his receiving ability. Keep an eye on whether its Jackson or Joe Flacco (hip) under center Sunday against Oakland, a team ranked 25th in the league with 4.8 yards per opponent carry.
Montgomery is active for Sunday's game against the Bengals.
Analysis: He'll join a Baltimore backfield led by Alex Collins, that also includes Javorius Allen and Gus Edwards. Montgomery's ability as a pass catcher and blocker should prove to be an asset to the Ravens, but he'll be a speculative fantasy play until it's established that he's a key cog in the team's passing attack.
Coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday that Montgomery's status for Sunday's game against the Bengals will depend on how he looks in practice this week, Clifton Brown of the Ravens' official site reports.
Analysis: After being acquired from the Packers on Oct. 30, Montgomery was inactive for the Ravens' Week 9 game against the Steelers while he continued to familiarize himself with the new playbook. The running back has since had a bye week to get further comfortable with his new surroundings, but he'll still need to make an impression in practices in order to earn an active status this weekend, which would likely come at the expense of Gus Edwards. If Montgomery does in fact make his team debut Sunday, he'll likely see most of his work on passing downs, which would impact Javorius Allen's fantasy outlook more so than Alex Collins'.
Montgomery (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Steelers, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: One day after acquiring Montgomery from the Packers on Tuesday, coach John Harbaugh suggested the running back could have a role on offense right away for the Ravens in Week 9. Though Montgomery practiced with his new team from Wednesday through Friday, the Ravens decided he could benefit from more time to get familiar with the playbook. Though Gus Edwards will dress as the No. 3 running back Sunday, it would be surprising if Montgomery didn't displace him for those duties following the Ravens' Week 10 bye. Montgomery, an accomplished pass catcher who began his career as a receiver, could eventually unseat Javorius Allen for the top change-of-pace role behind starter Alex Collins.
Coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday that Montgomery could "possibly" play in the Ravens' Week 9 game against the Steelers, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Acquired from the Packers on Tuesday in exchange for a 2020 seventh-round pick, the versatile Montgomery is expected to ultimately settle in as the third back on the depth chart behind Alex Collins and Javorius Allen, with the potential to move up in the pecking order if he shines in his initial opportunities with his new team. The Ravens probably won't ask for much from Montgomery this weekend, however, as the 25-year-old's main focus for the next few days will be getting up to speed with the Baltimore playbook. If Montgomery proves to be a quick study and impresses the coaching staff in practices Wednesday through Friday, he could be active ahead of Gus Edwards as the Ravens' No. 3 back come Sunday.
The Packers traded Montgomery to the Ravens for a 2020 seventh-round pick Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: It's been a tough season for Montgomery, who has been usurped by both Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams in the Packers backfield. The final straw in Green Bay seemingly was his lost fumble on a kickoff return this past Sunday after the Rams took a late 29-27 lead, all but ensuring Aaron Rodgers wouldn't have a comeback attempt. With the move to Baltimore, there doesn't seem to be much room for work, either, behind Alex Collins and Javorius Allen. At the very least, Montgomery has a chance at a fresh start with unrestricted free agency on the horizon this offseason.
Montgomery had two carries for six yards and one reception for two yards in Sunday's loss to the Rams. He also lost a fumble on a kick return late in the game.
Analysis: Montgomery's role appears to have changed significantly coming out of the Packers' Week 7 bye, as he was on the field for just six plays Sunday after averaging 24 snaps over the Packers' first six games. That could have led him to try and make a play late in the game, when he brought a kick out of the end zone and fumbled at a point where a simple touchback would have given the Packers' offense a chance at a game-winning drive. Head coach Mike McCarthy said afterward Montgomery was instructed not to return the kick, and according to SI's Michael Silver, his teammates were none too pleased with Montgomery's decision to do otherwise. That leaves Montgomery's hold on a roster spot a bit tenuous moving forward, but there is not an obvious replacement for him in the backfield. It seems likely Montgomery will stick around because of that, but based on how things went Sunday, he could be stuck in an insurance role moving forward, with Aaron Jones being the top running back and Jamaal Williams taking most of the snaps Jones does not receive.
Montgomery had four carries for 12 yards and a touchdown and two receptions for 10 yards in Monday's victory over the 49ers.
Analysis: Montgomery's first touchdown of the season came from two yards out, but he actually caught the ball on the edge on a backwards pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers, so it was hardly a spot where he was operating as a goal-line back. He continues to work in a three-back rotation with Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams and all three are splitting the snaps fairly evenly, but given that Montgomery has not led the crew in snaps in any game this season and Jones is averaging 5.9 YPC, he should be considered the third option at the position heading into the Packers' Week 7 bye.
Montgomery had four carries for 15 yards and one reception for 23 yards in Sunday's loss to the Lions.
Analysis: Montgomery played his customary complementary role Sunday, filling in for fellow backs Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones in both running and passing situations. Montgomery received at least four carries for the fourth straight game, but finished with more receiving yards than running yards for the fourth times in five games this season. He has generally been the third option in the Packers' backfield since Jones made his season debut in Week 3, but he played a season-high 29 snaps Sunday and has totaled at least 20 plays each week this season, and it's likely he will continue rotating into the backfield mix with Jones and Williams.
Montgomery had five carries for 18 yards and two receptions for 56 yards in Sunday's victory over the Bills.
Analysis: Montgomery played 20 snaps Sunday, the third most among Packers running backs, but that was still enough for him to make an impact, most of which came on a 43-yard reception. The Packers have split the snaps among Montgomery, Jamaal Williams, and Aaron Jones fairly evenly since Jones made his season debut in Week 3, and all have been effective, so that plan could continue in order to give defenses multiple looks and keep all three backs fresh and healthy.
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