Tarik Cohen’s injury prognosis isn’t overly positive. Matt Nagy says that Cohen is weeks away rather than days away.
With Cohen out last year, Montgomery became one of the rare true bell cow backs.
Now that Cohen might not be ready to start the season, that bell cow role, or at least something close to it, is in the realm of possibilities for Montgomery to start the year.
Can he keep that role? It’s possible. We really can’t say for sure at this point.
Damien Williams is a good pass-catcher, and it’s possible he assumes a role in passing situations.
This is a situation to monitor throughout camp, but Montgomery’s ADP is the lowest it will be. If any news comes out with Montgomery having that passing down role again, his ADP will start to climb.
Montgomery is being drafting at a point where it’s okay to grab an early down back… and if that’s his only role this year, it’s not like you overspent on him. But at least you are leaving room for the type of upside and opportunity he saw in 2020.
Nagy said that Cohen might not re-assume punt duties, and it’s possible his role is reduced in the pass game as well. Cohen wasn’t all that effective with the ball in his hands since his rookie season, but it’s really about what Matt Nagy and Co think.
Nagy said he wants to get Montgomery the ball for 20+ carries, but admitted that it was because he would like to be in the lead in the 4th quarter to give Montgomery his last 4-5 carries to cross that 20+ carry threshold.
It’s really not about the 20+ carries, it’s about how much of his total opportunity will come via the pass game – that’s where his upside will come from.
Let’s hope the play calling going back to Matt Nagy doesn’t ruin things for Montgomery. His late-season run happened during a nice stretch of his schedule, but it also coincided with Bill Lazor taking over play calling duties.
How are you viewing Montgomery in PPR leagues?