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Jets love versatility, intelligence of new RB Ty Montgomery

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30: Ty Montgomery #88 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after getting a first down during the first quarter of a game against the Buffalo Bills at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30: Ty Montgomery #88 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after getting a first down during the first quarter of a game against the Buffalo Bills at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets added more than one versatile veteran to their offensive backfield this offseason, and Ty Mongtomery is as smart as he is athletic.

After bringing in arguably the best running back in the entire NFL when they signed Le’Veon Bell, the New York Jets weren’t done improving their running back ranks this offseason.

The Gang Green also secured another versatile weapon for second-year quarterback Sam Darnold and new head coach Adam Gase, signing veteran running back Ty Mongtomery.

A wide receiver at Stanford, Montgomery was forced into action as a running back while playing for the Green Bay Packers after injuries ravaged their backfield. The Packers found him to be extremely effective as both a runner and a receiver in that role, as did the Baltimore Ravens in 2018.

Now with the Jets, Montgomery brings a unique skill set and impressive intelligence to the table, two things new running backs coach Jim Bob Cooter absolutely loves (via team senior reporter Eric Allen):

Versatile player, smart guy. 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.

Montgomery joins a loaded backfield that includes Bell, Elijah McGuire and Bilal Powell, giving the Jets valuable depth at the position. Bell might be the leader of the pack, but don’t be surprised if Montgomery gets plenty of chances to show his worth as a change-of-pace back when Bell needs a rest.

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For a talented young offense that includes Darnold and a trio of promising pass-catchers, Gase and his aggressive offensive scheme could have the Jets lighting up the scoreboard in 2019.

What are your expectations for Montgomery and the Jets offense in 2019? Give us your take in the comment section!

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