The New York Jets will require much of their offensive playmakers in new head coach Adam Gase’s offense, and veteran running back Ty Montgomery doesn’t mind one bit.
If you like NFL offenses that are predicated on big plays, explosiveness, versatility and intelligence, you should enjoy watching the Jets in their first season under Adam Gase’s new scheme.
Another fresh face on the offense this season will be running back Ty Montgomery, a free-agent addition who has made a career out of using his versatility to create matchup problems for opposing defenses.
Gase’s offense should take full advantage of his unique skill set, and Montgomery is excited about the challenge of what this scheme will ask of him (per team reporter Ethan Greenberg):
You have to be smart. You have to be able to catch the ball and you have to be able to run the ball. You can’t have an imbalance and be at running back in this offense. It’s actually pretty cool, it’s challenging. I think it suits my abilities and I’m loving it.
Montgomery was a wide receiver and return man at Stanford, but after entering the NFL, ended up spending most of his time in the backfield.
After spending most of his four NFL seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Montgomery finished his 2018 campaign with the Baltimore Ravens.
Now with the Gang Green, Montgomery is being patient as he acclimates to yet another new team and playbook:
I’m trying not to get ahead of myself, but I’m excited for what lies ahead. I love being on this team, I love the guys on the team. We have a lot of fun every day, talking a lot of noise. Real, real competitive atmosphere, so it’s a lot of fun.
A dynamic weapon with the ball in his hands, Montgomery has made a fan of Jets running backs coach Jim Bob Cooter, who lauds the veteran’s work ethic, intelligence and commitment:
He comes in and works really hard. He’s a pro, he knows his way around the NFL. He’s a smart guy. He knows how to learn things and take them straight to the practice field and execute them. He’s able to line up inside, outside, all over the field. He’s been a good guy for me to have in the room to work with and for us to have as an offense.
While big-money addition Le’Veon Bell is sure to be the focal point of the offense in 2019, Montgomery’s skill set should give the Jets a perfect backup option to keep him fresh throughout each game and over the entire season.
This new offense will ask a lot of all of its running backs, but Montgomery is clearly putting in the work necessary to make the transition successful sooner than later.