Bengals sign 2013 3rd-round draft pick DE Sam Montgomery

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Antonio Smith, left, explains technique to Sam Montgomery. (USATSI)
Antonio Smith, left, explains technique to Sam Montgomery. (USATSI)

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It's not often that you see a third-round draft pick last less than eight months with the team that chose him.

But in the case of defensive end Sam Montgomery, he reportedly was caught by the team with marijuana (his agent denied that charge), and after not playing a single snap in a regular-season game, the Texans released him in October.

On Friday, though, the Bengals were willing to give him another chance.

Montgomery never seemed to find his footing with Houston.

He raised red flags during last year's combine, and after Houston drafted him with the No. 95 overall pick, observers questioned whether he could adequately play the 3-4 outside linebacker (the team eventually moved him to defensive end).

He also reportedly showed up to training camp last year out of shape, and after he couldn't practice due to an ankle injury, then-coach Gary Kubiak expressed frustration with Montgomery. He was inactive for the first seven games of the season before Houston waived him.

"Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has shown an ability to inspire the discarded (FYI: Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict) and he relates extremely well with young players looking for their way," wrote Butch Hobson of bengals.com. "It's believed Montgomery worked out for the Bengals again when they were in town at LSU's pro day this week and he looked good enough to sign.

"Montgomery turns only 24 next month and he just may be the kind of athlete that Lewis can coax back to his college days, where he had 19 sacks to go with 32.5 tackles for loss in 31 games. The Bengals are always looking for a little pop off the edge in the pass rush and Montgomery is another shot at it."

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