A four-game suspension to the start the season and a high ankle sprain will ensure that Antonio Callaway will not be looking back on 2019 offseason too fondly in years to come. While his regular-season absence will immediately benefit fellow veteran Rashard Higgins. But his inability to showcase his skills in the exhibition season has led to an increase in opportunities for rookie wide receiver D.J. Montgomery.
Montgomery has not seen a ton of targets through two preseason games. He has caught only five balls in these games. However, these five catches have brought him 124 yards at an eye-opening 24.8 yards per grab. Only four players have more receiving yards in the preseason than Montgomery.
Who’s that Guy?
If you’re not too familiar with him, then don’t beat yourself up too much. Montgomery has traveled a circuitous road to get to where he is today. He spent two years at Holmes Community College. He played his junior and senior seasons with the Austin Peay Governors. The Governors attempted 23.5 passes per game in 2018. They established the run with 44 rush attempts per outing. Montgomery was still able to post 42 grabs for 797 yards and 10 touchdowns. His 19.0 YPR was in the 90th percentile among WRs. In all, Montgomery caught 108 passes during his collegiate career. These brought him 2,307 yards (21.36 yards per reception) and 25 touchdowns.
Montgomery was not invited to the NFL combine. But his workout measurables from his pro day are far from terrible. With a 0.03-second pro day adjustment, Montgomery ran a 4.46 forty-yard dash. Now that’s not bad at all.
Not a Superstar Yet
Montgomery has a long way to go before he can be considered fantasy relevant. Especially considering how bullish fantasy owners with regards Browns WRs this season.
But he does seem to be making an impression when given the chance. Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens is clearly impressed. Kitchens has stated that Montgomery is “getting better” and “showing up more”. Higgins ability to make the roster and contribute as a UDFA should serve as an inspiration to Montgomery. But like Higgins, any potential fantasy appeal lies in the future. But still, don’t forget the name completely.