The New England Patriots signed wide receiver and running back Ty Montgomery on Thursday. After signing a two-year, $4 million deal, Montgomery gives the Patriots a weapon to potentially replace Brandon Bolden, who left for the Las Vegas Raiders in free agency.
Montgomery began his NFL career with the Green Bay Packers. Since then, he has also played for the Baltimore Ravens and New Orleans Saints. He is a New England staple with the potential to add a different dynamism to the offense. With the retreat being a big part of the Patriots’ offense, it could be a good fit for both the player and the team as Montgomery looks to revive his career.
We take a look at three things to know about Ty Montgomery.
Montgomery had a breakout season with the Green Bay Packers in 2016. He covered 457 rushing yards, as well as 348 receiving yards. In that season, he made a total of 121 touches, which was his career-high. Montgomery has hit the 100-touch mark only once.
With Eddie Lacey injured, Montgomery was able to stabilize the Packers on the running back position. He was able to deliver a double threat from the backfield as well as an impact as a wide receiver.
Montgomery has spent the last two seasons with the New Orleans Saints. He recorded 19 receptions for 122 yards as well as 34 rushes for 145 yards during his time with the Saints. He made the most of his touches, despite playing in limited action, and provided a significant depth slice for the Saints.
Although he didn’t have as much influence in numbers as he had in Green Bay, he made the most of his opportunities. It would have been difficult to keep or use Montgomery in the running back position, given that Alvin Kamara is one of the leading backs in the NFL.
Montgomery’s biggest contribution was to special teams, where he contributed to punt and kick coverage while returning kicks. In this way he retained a place on the roster for New Orleans.
While in college at Stanford, he tied the program’s single-game touchdown record with four. He did so in 2013.
Montgomery made his mark at Stanford. He finished his collegiate career with 172 receptions for 2,125 yards and 15 touchdowns. He tossed the ball 39 times for 334 yards and four touchdowns.
While with the Cardinals, he was able to show his talent as a double threat player. Montgomery recorded 958 receiving yards in 2013. He was also able to tally 159 rushing yards in the same year. He was a multi-purpose threat. In all, he recorded 1,117 yards from scrimmage that year.