|Team:||New York Jets|
|Ht / Wt:||6'0" / 221 lb.|
|Born:||July 24, 1996|
|Drafted:||2015 / Rd. 3 (94)|
The Saints designated Montgomery (hamstring) to return from IR on Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Montgomery missed three games, and with the benefit of a Week 6 bye, it appears he could return to action Sunday versus the Panthers. The 27-year-old running back will add depth in the backfield upon return, but he's unlikely to take any reps from Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray.
Montgomery was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Montgomery was a surprise entry on the injury report Friday, earning a questionable designation for Sunday's contest with the Packers. A revenge matchup with his former team will have to wait another day as the Saints made the surprising choice to put Montgomery on injured reserve the following day. The scatback will be out a minimum of three weeks, leaving Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray to shoulder the burden of an offense absent star wideout Michael Thomas (ankle).
Montgomery (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest against the Packers, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: Montgomery was free and clear of the Saints' injury report until Friday, when he was limited at practice due to a hamstring injury. This may indicate an issue stemming from the session itself, but the reserve running back's status now will remain up in the air until about 90 minutes before Sunday's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff. An absence from Montgomery could pave the way for Dwayne Washington to earn his first snaps of the season, but the Saints backfield still is paced by Alvin Kamara, with Latavius Murray in a change-of-pace role.
Montgomery caught two of three targets for 25 yards in the Saints' 34-24 loss to the Raiders on Monday.
Analysis: Montgomery was used sparingly in this one, as he accounted for just his second and third touches of the season. Barring injuries, the third-stringer will likely struggle to take the field this season as he plays behind Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray.
Montgomery was the standout on Day 3 of training camp, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Montgomery was signed in the offseason to provide depth at running back, but his versatility as a receiver gives his game an added layer that likely appeals to the Saints' coaching staff. His best season came in 2016 with Green Bay when he totaled 805 total yards and three scores while nabbing 44 passes. He's unlikely to see much work as a running back behind Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray, but it's possible he sees some work in the passing game given his skill set.
The Saints inked Montgomery to a contract Friday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.
Analysis: The Saints like to employ versatile options such as Taysom Hill, so the signing of Montgomery isn't a huge surprise. The former wideout turned running back compiled just 103 rushing yards on 32 carries and another 90 receiving yards on 13 receptions in 2020 while playing with the Jets last season. With Alvin Kamara set to head the Saints' running back rotation and Latavious Murray on hand, Montgomery may be headed for another depth role but could turn into a significant contributor should Kamara miss time.
Montomgery played four offensive snaps and didn't touch the ball in the Week 17 season finale against Buffalo. He finishes the 2019 campaign with 32 carries for 103 yards and 13 catches for 90 yards.
Analysis: Montgomery will hit free agency, but the 26-year-old running back's versatility should lead to no shortage of suitors if the Jets don't want him back. While he's not suited to be the focal point of an offense, Montgomery's ability to catch the ball out of the backfield while also contributing in the return game on special teams make him a valuable depth piece.
Montgomery rushed twice for seven yards and caught his lone target for one yard in Sunday's 16-10 win over the Steelers.
Analysis: Montgomery didn't see much action while Le'Veon Bell was a workhorse against his former team, finishing with 29 touches. New York closes out the season with a Week 17 trip to Buffalo, where Montgomery should continue to split backup duties with Bilal Powell.
Montgomery recorded two carries for five yards and hauled in his only target for five yards during Thursday's 42-21 loss to the Ravens.
Analysis: Montgomery also returned four kickoffs for 93 yards, with a long of 34 yards. If Bilal Powell (ankle/illness) is forced to miss any more time, Montgomery will continue to serve as the top backup to Le'Veon Bell.
Montgomery (foot/hip) is listed as active for Thursday night's game against the Ravens.
Analysis: With Bilal Powell (ankle/illness) inactive, Montgomery is in line to serve as Le'Veon Bell's top backup Thursday night. In that role, he's a fantasy dart in deeper PPR formats.
Montgomery (foot/hip) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Ravens, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Montgomery logged a trio of limited practice sessions this week while dealing with foot and hip injuries. With Bilal Powell (ankle/illness) ruled out for Thursday's tilt against the Ravens, Montgomery will likely serve as the top backup to Le'Veon Bell if cleared to play.
Montgomery (foot/hip) was limited at Tuesday's walkthrough.
Analysis: Like the rest of the injured or ill bodies in the Jets' backfield, Montgomery maintained his activity level as he toughs out foot and hip issues. There's a chance Montgomery serves as Le'Veon Bell's direct backup Thursday at Baltimore with Bilal Powell dealing with a combination of the flu and an ankle concern. If so, Montgomery could have some PPR viability, as he's hauled in 11 of his 15 targets in 13 contests this season while averaging 9.6 offensive snaps per game.
Montgomery (foot/hip) was listed as a limited participant on Monday's injury report.
Analysis: On the heels of a season-high 12 touches for 61 yards from scrimmage this past Sunday versus the Dolphins, Montgomery is dealing with a pair of injuries. The increased usage was afforded to him by Le'Veon Bell's absence due to an illness, but the workhorse was back at the team facilities Monday and estimated as 'full' to begin Week 15 prep. Assuming Bell is himself by Thursday's game in Baltimore, Montgomery will revert to second or third on the depth chart, depending on the health of Bilal Powell (ankle/illness), who was listed as a non-participant Monday.
Montgomery rushed nine times for 31 yards and caught all three of his targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 22-21 win over Miami.
Analysis: With Le'Veon Bell (illness) out, Montgomery got 12 touches to Bilal Powell's 21. Powell suffered an ankle injury on New York's final drive, and coach Adam Gase wasn't sure of the injury's severity after the game. New York faces a quick turnaround with another game coming up Thursday against the Ravens, and Montgomery would be in line for the start if neither Bell nor Powell can go. Bell's likely to be healthy by then, but this is certainly a situation worth monitoring.
Montgomery is expected to take on an increased snap count Sunday against the Dolphins with lead back Le'Veon Bell (illness) ruled out for the contest, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Cimini notes that the second option on the Jets' depth chart, Bilal Powell, will likely see the most significant uptick in snaps/touches while Bell is sidelined, but there should still be some extra work to go around for Montgomery and Josh Adams as both players move up a spot in the pecking order. Montgomery, who has put up 114 total yards across 27 touches (19 carries, eight receptions) this season, still represents little more than a desperation play in the majority of fantasy leagues.
Montgomery rushed once for seven yards and caught his lone target for one yard in Sunday's 22-6 loss to Cincinnati.
Analysis: Montgomery has totaled more than 20 yards from scrimmage only once all season, and that was way back in Week 2. He remains locked into a third-string role behind Le'Veon Bell and Bilal Powell.
Montgomery rushed five times for two yards and caught one of two targets for 21 yards in Sunday's 34-3 win over the Raiders.
Analysis: Montgomery racked up some garbage-time touches, but he remains a non-factor as long as starting running back Le'Veon Bell is healthy.
Montgomery rushed twice for 11 yards and failed to haul in his lone target in Sunday's 34-17 win over Washington.
Analysis: Recent practice squad call-up Josh Adams actually got two more carries than Montgomery, but all four Jets running backs were able to get some touches in this blowout win. The kick return carousel continues to spin in New York, as Montgomery wasn't involved in that aspect of the game after getting some return opportunities in the previous game.
Montgomery didn't record a carry but caught all three of his targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 24-22 win over Dallas.
Analysis: Montgomery has recorded more than three touches only once all season. That was in Week 2, when Le'Veon Bell came in questionable with a shoulder injury and Montgomery spelled him with six touches. In other words, owners can continue to ignore Montgomery as long as Bell's out there.
Montgomery rushed twice for one yard and wasn't targeted in the passing game in Sunday's 31-6 loss to Philadelphia.
Analysis: This was a deja vu stat line for Montgomery, who also had exactly two carries for one yard in the previous game. Le'Veon Bell is the only Jets running back worth owning as long as he's healthy.
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