Adam Gase did the right thing by keeping LeVeon Bell in mothballs for the preseason, but there will be minor consequences to that decision. No matter how well Bell practices, he will have to work his way through rust and timing issues. Fortunately for the Jets, they have a terrific backup in Ty Montgomery, who can share the load until Le'Veon is Le'Veon.
There have been good things coming out of New York about Montgomery since OTAs, so this isn't really a surprise. The story said it's unrealistic to expect vintage Bell in Week 1 so owners may need to be patient for a few weeks.
New York Jets RB Ty Montgomery limped off the practice field Monday with a possible groin injury, per Brian Costello of the New York Post.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News also noted Montgomery left practice with a trainer but has since come back to the sideline, walking gingerly. Montgomery was beginning to emerge as the direct backup to LeVeon Bell. Hopefully, this is just a minor bump and Montgomery won't be out too long. Keep an eye on Montgomery, who had a solid preseason debut with the Jets on Thursday against the Giants.
Running back Ty Montgomery continues to be one of the most impressive players in Jets training camp.
The former Packer and Raven has shown his versatility and looks like he could be a significant piece of Adam Gase’s offense. Montgomery can run the ball and, as a former receiver, is a natural pass catcher out of the backfield.
The story said Gase was surprised Montgomery was still unsigned when April rolled around. Gase added the team is experimenting with how Monty will be used with his versatility and flexibility. Montgomery is 62nd on our RB list and it's tough to say how he'll be used with LeVeon Bell as the main back. But Monty specializes in third down situations so he may end up with PPR value in deeper leagues.
Through four training camp practices, it has been clear that Gase likes the idea of mixing and matching his backs while using them in various ways. There could be multiple ballcarriers lined up at different spots on a given play, presenting a big-time challenge for opposing defenses.
Bell will be the primary ball carrier, obviously, but it seems like the rest could also be involved in all aspects of the offense. The team likely can't keep all five backs listed above, and there have been stories that McGuire and Cannon could be on the roster bubble. Right now, the Jets are taking it easy with Bell and likely making sure to get a good look at the rest of the backfield.