Montgomery re-signed with the Saints on a one-year deal Saturday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
It sounds as if the contract is more incentive-laden than anything else, but it does come with a $137,500 bonus. The veteran running back played in six games last season, compiling the fewest carries (19) and rushing yards (101) since his rookie year, but almost all that production came in a meaningless Week 17 contest against the Panthers where Montgomery averaged 5.8 yards per carry.
Montgomery rushed four times for 14 yards and caught his only target for 13 yards in the Saints' 30-20 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Montgomery saw some extended work out of the backfield with both Latavius Murray (quadriceps) and Taysom Hill (knee) out of action, but he was unable to turn his opportunities into meaningful production. The hybrid running back/receiver is slated for free agency in 2021, and his future with the Saints is unclear. Even if he returns, he'll likely play behind Murray and Alvin Kamara.
Montgomery (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's wild-card game against the Bears.
Montgomery was outstanding in relief last week, posting 105 yards on 18 carries and adding a two-yard reception. However, Alvin Kamara, Latavius Murray and Dwayne Washington have all been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, so Montgomery will watch from the sidelines to begin the playoffs.
Montgomery carried 18 times for 105 yards and caught one of two targets for two yards during Sunday's 33-7 win over the Panthers.
With practically the entirety of Saints' backfield corps in the COVID-19 protocol, Montgomery took on a featured role and gashed the Carolina defense for 5.8 yards per carry. He wasn't very involved in the passing attack with his team playing from ahead the whole game, but it was still a surprisingly effective performance from a veteran who had logged just three offensive touches on the season coming in. Montgomery could have a part to play in the wild-card round game against the Bears if Alvin Kamara and/or Latavius Murray are still sidelined, but both backs seemingly have a chance to return for the start of the postseason.
Montgomery should handle an increased role in Sunday's game against the Panthers following news that Alvin Kamara, Latavius Murray and Dwayne Washington are all in COVID-19 protocol, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports.
The Saints are expected to promote running back Tony Jones from the practice squad, and Taysom Hill figures to get his fair share of running plays as well. Montgomery has just one carry this year, but he rushed 32 times for 103 yards for the Jets in 2019.
Montgomery is active for Friday's game against the Vikings, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.
After being a healthy scratch each of the past two weeks, Montgomery will be available Friday to help a New Orleans offense that will be without top pass catcher Michael Thomas (ankle).
Montgomery (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game at Philadelphia.
Montgomery was clear of the injury report after missing the last two games with the hamstring issue, but he still finds himself on the inactives list as a healthy scratch. Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray will continue to lead New Orleans' backfield, with Dwayne Washington available as the reserve option.
Montgomery (hamstring) practiced without limitations Wednesday.
After missing two straight games, Montgomery is on track to return to the lineup following a full-speed practice. He's played in just four games this year, totaling 12 snaps on offense and making most of his impact on special teams.
Montgomery (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Falcons.
Montgomery will miss a second consecutive game after being unable to practice all week. Dwayne Washington will pick up any of the backfield scraps left over behind Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray, while Montgomery will set his sights on returning Week 14 against the Eagles.
Montgomery (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Broncos.
Montgomery suffered this hamstring injury at some point during the practice week and won't be able to play through it. In turn, Dwayne Washington will be the main backup to the tandem of Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray. Montgomery's next chance to play is Week 13 against the Falcons.
Montgomery (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday at Tampa Bay.
Montgomery last saw the field Week 2, as he's missed five games due to a hamstring injury. He was activated from IR just this past week, but with all of Alvin Kamara, Latavius Murray and Dwayne Washington healthy and active, Montgomery will make it six straight absences Sunday.
Montgomery (hamstring) has been activated from IR for Sunday's game versus the Buccaneers, Luke Johnson of NOLA.com reports.
Montgomery has been practicing for three weeks now, so he's ready to return to action for this divisional tilt. He hasn't played since Week 2, and he recorded just three touches through the first two games. With the Saints' offense mostly healthy, too, his role will be reserved to change-of-pace duties behind Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray.
The Saints designated Montgomery (hamstring) to return from IR on Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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 (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.
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 for 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.
Montgomery was free and clear of the Saints' practice report until Friday, when he was limited 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.
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.
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.
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 while playing with the Jets last season. With Alvin Kamara set to head the Saints' running back rotation and Latavius Murray on hand, Montgomery may be headed for another depth role, but his ability to move around the formation could get him some reps in a creative Saints offense.
Montgomery 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.
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, makes 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.
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.
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