Until Ty Montgomery finds meaningful playing time this fall, Fantasy managers shouldn't bother adding him to rosters.
Montgomery will have to earn a roster spot in camp, Matt Stypulkoski of NJ.com reports. 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 to 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 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. 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. 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 shaky depth behind Le'Veon Bell, Montgomery initially enters the Jets backfield as a legitimate candidate to open the season as the No. 2 running back. He'll compete with Elijah McGuire, Trenton Cannon and De'Angelo Henderson.
Montgomery is expected to visit the Jets on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. 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. 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.
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|7||10/22||New England Patriots||8||16.00|
|10||11/10||New York Giants||23||19.88|
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