Whenever Washington‘s quarterback room is brought up, Steven Montez is rarely discussed. Added last year as an undrafted free agent out of Colorado, the 24-year-old spent time between the practice squad and active roster in 2020. Even coach Ron Rivera admitted recently Montez is a “young man we don’t know much about.”
But the coaching staff reportedly has an intriguing plan for the signal-caller next season.
The Athletic reports that Washington has expressed interest in using Montez in a similar way that the New Orleans Saints use quarterback Taysom Hill. As the Saints’ utility man, most of Hill’s snaps have come in creative formations where he was used as a runner, receiver and occasional passing threat.
Washington‘s coaches are fascinated by Montez‘s frame (6-foot-4) and athleticism that could be used in a variety of different ways. Montez ran the fastest 40-yard dash time among quarterbacks coming out of last year’s NFL scouting combine with a 4.68.
The Athletic’s Ben Standig wrote:
What the coaches know is Montez is an impressive athlete with good physical traits. There’s a world where, over time, the quarterback who finished his college career with 63 touchdown passes and 9,710 passing yards pushes for a spot solely on his throwing skills. When last season wrapped, the coaching staff informed Montez the quickest path to contributing likely comes in the utility role popularized in recent years by the Saints with Hill.
Montez rushed for 960 yards and 11 touchdowns on 343 attempts at Colorado.
The Saints, meanwhile, have had success with Hill in a utility role. The 30-year-old, who was a college quarterback at BYU, has had 1,145 scrimmage yards on 181 touches over the last three seasons. Hill also filled in for an injured Drew Brees last year, going 3-1 as a starter.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Kyle Allen and Taylor Heinicke, meanwhile, are expected to compete for Washington‘s starting job.