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Saints 2020 Year in Review: Ty Montgomery

Ty Montgomery made the most of his opportunities in a loaded New Orleans Saints backfield.

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New Orleans Saints running back Ty Montgomery was signed this past offseason after his most recent stint with the New York Jets. He played college football at Stanford and was drafted in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft as a wide receiver by the Green Bay Packers before moving to the backfield.

Montgomery was traded to the Baltimore Ravens in 2018 before signing with New York the following season. His lackluster 2019 campaign saw him garner just 45 touches for 193 total yards in 16 games.

New Orleans was able to ink Montgomery to a deal following the 2020 draft. One of the biggest questions during training camp was how the Saints would utilize his versatile skillset. Montgomery racked up 932 rushing yards and 892 receiving yards during the first four years of his career.

Montgomery led the backfield this season with 5.3 yards per carry on 19 rushes for 101 yards and added three catches for 27 yards. Almost all of his rushing production came as the only active running back for New Orleans in their final regular season game against the Carolina Panthers. Montgomery rushed 18 times for 105 yards — his first 100-yard rushing game since 2016.

A quad injury held running back Latavius Murry out of the Saints divisional matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This seemingly gave Montgomery another big opportunity, but he only received five touches for 27 total yards.

New Orleans Saints v Carolina Panthers Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Montgomery’s $887,000 cap hit is a small fraction of the $284.1 million from players currently under contract with New Orleans, almost $105 million over the $175 million salary cap. The Saints will need to let key pieces walk to get themselves under the salary cap, but it remains to be seen if Montgomery will sign elsewhere in 2021.

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