At Draft Rite, we are all about covering the NFL from a roster-building perspective. We consider ourselves to be your home of the NFL offseason. Team building is such a fascinating subject, and the NFL invests millions of dollars into the people who put everything together every year.
It’s an inexact science. The league is constantly evolving and changing to match the new schemes and strategies designed by coaches and front-office executives. Roster building is such a careful craft. With only 53 spots available (45 activated on game day), teams have to be very careful with the people that they keep and the ones that they let go.
Prospects and the draft are only a small part of the NFL offseason. There is more to it, such as the veterans who have been in the league for a while and understand the ropes.
Every day, Tuesday through Saturday, I will be giving you a report on what teams across the NFL have done officially, and try to give you some insight into what that can mean for them and the rest of the league. In this case, there wasn’t really anything to talk about on the 14th, so I combined these two days to make this report easier and well worth your time.
New Orleans Saints sign RB/WR Ty Montgomery
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is widely considered as a strategic genius. His ability to find new ways to use players who other teams struggle to scheme is something that is commendable. Ty Montgomery enters his sixth year in the league, and has been used as both a running back and a wide receiver in the NFL.
The Green Bay Packers selected Montgomery out of Stanford in the 3rd round of the 2015 NFL Draft with the 94th overall selection. He spent his first three-and-a-half seasons there, playing in 36 games while struggling with injuries. Green Bay traded him to Baltimore at the trade deadline in 2018, where he finished his rookie contract. Last year, he was under-utilized in New York for the Jets under Adam Gase. Montgomery saw career-lows in receiving statistics, as well as his lowest carry count since his rookie season.
Montgomery isn’t your typical running back or wide receiver either. He’s 6’0″ and 216 pounds, and not particularly adept at running between the tackles. Most of his value is found as a receiving option out of the backfield, where he’s caught 120 passes over his career.
Let’s look into a couple of positions on the depth chart where Montgomery could contribute immediately (Depth Charts courtesy of Ourlads).
RB| Alvin Kamara / Latavius Murray / Ty Montgomery / Dwayne Washington / Tony Jones Jr (R) / Ricky Ortiz / Taquan Mizzell
RWR| Emmanuel Sanders / Tre’Quan Smith / Austin Carr / Ty Montgomery / Tim White / Juwan Johnson (R) / Maurice Harris
The places that the Saints can find uses for Montgomery are about endless. He can work out of the slot, out of the backfield, and I would imagine we may see him play an H-Back role as well. This is a very good place for Montgomery to land, and it may revitilize his career and extend it further.
Washington Redskins sign CB Aaron Colvin
Aaron Colvin has already been on a nice tour around the country. The 114th overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, Colvin came out of Oklahoma as an interesting cornerback prospect that many felt could develop into a solid contributor. He tore his ACL at the 2014 Senior Bowl, but bounced back and played in 6 games his rookie season.
Colvin played a ton of different positions in Jacksonville, but never really was able to lock down a starting job. The Jaguars let him walk at the end of his rookie contract, due to injuries and suspensions, and Colvin was picked up by the Jaguars divisional rivals, the Houston Texans. His impact in Houston was extremely limited as well, this time more by his injuries.
Colvin was cut by the Texans after the first week of the 2019 season and picked up by the Washington Redskins. He played 166 snaps toward the end of the season for the team, playing in 6 games while starting 2 of them.
LCB| Fabian Moreau / Ronald Darby / Danny Johnson
RCB| Kendall Fuller / Aaron Colvin / Kamren Curl (R) / Simeon Thomas
NCB| Jimmy Moreland / Greg Stroman
By looking at the Redskins depth chart, it’s very clear that Colvin is a depth retainment. There are a lot of things that could go wrong for the Redskins secondary in 2020, and it’s always a good idea to keep people around that can rotate positions and be used in different games. Colvin, if he stays healthy, can prove to be valuable depth, especially if this secondary gets hit with injuries again.
NFL Transactions Report
May 14th, 2020
- Redskins signed CB Aaron Colvin.
- Saints signed G Patrick Omameh.
May 15th, 2020
- Rams signed DE Morgan Fox and waived DT Tanzel Smart.
- Saints signed RB Ty Montgomery and waived DE Mitchell Loewen.