Updated: 12:40 p.m.
The Bengals continued their trend of giving highly drafted players another look Friday when they signed former Houston third-round pick
It is a practice that has paid off lately. The 6-3, 262-pound Montgomery joins on the roster rebound players like first-round cornerbacks
This offseason they’ve added a second-round safety in
The difference is that the 6-3, 262-pound Montgomery is getting his second chance so early because his first one ended so suddenly and he has yet to make it in the league. He was released back in October just months after the Texans drafted him 95th when he reportedly smoked marijuana before a game. Montgomery denied it, signed with Oakland in December, and was put on injured reserve after he hurt his knee in his first practice with the Raiders.
Pro Football Talk.com reported that the Bengals worked out Montgomery after he was cut by the Texans. He was reportedly out of shape when he arrived at the Houston rookie minicamp and PFT reported that Montgomery has owned up to not always playing with great effort at LSU.
But Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has shown an ability to inspire the discarded (FYI: Pro Bowl linebacker
Montgomery turns only 24 next month and he just may be the kind of athlete that Lewis can coax back to his college days, where he had 19 sacks to go with 32.5 tackles for loss in 31 games. The Bengals are always looking for a little pop off the edge in the pass rush and Montgomery is another shot at it.
With the Bengals listing him as a defensive end, it looks like he won’t be in the mix at outside backer, which is where Houston drafted him. But he looked out of position in a 3-4. Here, the Bengals are hoping they can take advantage of his straight-ahead pass rush instincts.
Bengals left tackle
“I’m excited for him to get an opportunity and I’m hoping he’ll take advantage of the opportunity in front of him both on and off the field,” Whitworth said in a text Friday morning, “to show what made him such a good player at LSU.”
Like Moch, waived by the Bengals last training camp and signed by the Cardinals before they cut him last month and was claimed by the Bengals, Montgomery has a long road. They already have four solid ends in
They have in the past, but with the Bengals maybe keeping three quarterbacks, one position may have to be light in the numbers game. With two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle