The New Orleans Saints have arguably the NFL's most well-known gadget player in Taysom Hill, but Sean Payton doesn't appear to be done flexing his creative muscles on the offensive side of the ball. As Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reported Friday, the team has signed former Green Bay Packers and New York Jets running back Ty Montgomery, adding another multipurpose veteran to the fold.
As a mid-May signing, Montgomery isn't necessarily a guarantee to make New Orleans' final roster, especially with Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray already headlining the RB room. But his skill set does seem like an ideal fit for the Saints' quick-strike attack.
"If you can do various things on the field, (Payton) will figure out how to use your skills," Underhill wrote Friday. "(Montgomery) isn't quite a wide receiver or a running back in the traditional form, but with a little imagination you can start to see how he could become a weapon for a creative team."
A wide receiver coming out of Stanford, the 27-year-old Montgomery has seen time at multiple positions in the NFL, including as a kick returner. A third-round draft pick of the Packers in 2015, he has yet to replicate his career marks from 2016, when he totaled more than 1,100 yards on both offense and special teams as one of Green Bay's top offensive weapons.
He's also now on his fourth team in three years following an in-season trade to the Baltimore Ravens in 2018. When healthy and utilized properly, however, he's still a capable contributor as both a runner and receiver, with three seasons of at least 20 catches and a 4.5 yards-per-carry average.
Montgomery had arguably the worst season of his career in 2019 playing behind the Jets' porous line, totaling just 193 yards behind Le'Veon Bell. In New Orleans, assuming he makes the team, he figures to line up at both RB and WR, as Hill has done.