WATCH: Why Ty Montgomery is Jets' biggest contract bargain
The beginning of training camp is reinforcing why Ty Montgomery could be one of the most underrated signings of the offseason. Montgomery's one-year, $895,000 deal, the second-cheapest contract on the Jets, is looking like quite the coup.
The new Jets running back is flashing dynamic skills in training camp that will suit him extremely well as a complement to Le'Veon Bell in Adam Gase's offense.
Montgomery takes pride in the versatility he provides offensively.
"You guys saw me today,” Montgomery said over the weekend, per ESPN's Rich Cimini. “Lining up out at the receiver position and running a few routes as well as running up the middle and outside, being able to do everything all over the field.”
Montgomery began his career as a wide receiver but transitioned to running back during the 2017 season with the Packers due to a slew of injuries. Montgomery still wears the No. 88 as a tribute to his dual-threat capabilities.
“The 88 is part of my brand,” Montgomery said per Cimini. “The 88 speaks to what I can do as a true hybrid.”
Montgomery's jack of all trades experience will come in handy.
During his four-year career, Montgomery has 892 yards and three touchdowns through the air while amassing 932 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. Montgomery can also assist on special teams, as he's tallied 794 return yards.
Montgomery believes Gase's system, which employs running backs in a plethora of ways, has the capacity to be extremely explosive.
''I can tell that in this offense the backs are going to be used a lot,'' Montgomery said per the AP. "...We're going to be asked to run the ball,'' he added. ''We're going to be asked to catch the ball. We're going to be asked to protect the quarterback. We're going to be asked to line up all over the field. I think it's very useful. It creates mismatches.''
Montgomery is certainly going to get his fair share of opportunities to contribute on offense. A duo of Bell and Montgomery can wreak havoc on opponents. It's still early but Montgomery absolutely has the makings of being a steal signing.