Ty Montgomery: Jets Showed Encouraging Signs In Loss To Ravens

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December 17, 2019 - 5:35 pm

Lamar Jackson’s Ravens are looking like they might be the best team in the NFL.

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Baltimore sits atop the AFC with a 12-2 record after they beat the Jets 42-21 on Thursday. Given the Ravens’ success this season and the Jets’ struggles this season, it was a relatively predictable result.

New York running back Ty Montgomery joined Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on WFAN on Tuesday to further discuss the state of the Jets after their ninth loss of the campaign. Montgomery thinks the group showed some promising signs against the Ravens despite getting the loss.

“This is going to sound weird, but I think what we showed on Thursday was pretty promising,” said Montgomery. “We went up against arguably the best team in the National Football League right now, and we were in that game, especially in the first half. I think if we capitalize on a few plays, the second half is a totally different second half … I think we kind of gave them a better game than maybe they might have anticipated.”

Losing by three touchdowns to the Ravens isn’t anything to be ashamed of for this Jets team. Some were predicting a blowout loss, but Adam Gase’s team at least kept things respectable throughout the contest.

There was buzz around the team before the season, but, at 5-9, the Jets won’t be going to the playoffs. With two more games to go, the focus is increasingly moving toward getting ready for 2020.

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Montgomery also spoke about his initial concern when the Jets decided to fire general manager Mike Maccagnan, as Maccagnan was the person who signed Montgomery this offseason.

“I’m not going to lie, when it happened, I was like ‘oh my goodness, does this mean I’m out?’ I’ve never been a part of that before, not in this way, and I’m on a one-year veteran deal trying to prove it so I can go make some money … at the end of the day, that’s something that I can’t control. I like Joe D (Douglas) a lot. He seems like a football guy … I hope to be a part of his plans in the future.”

The Jets are playing the Steelers this Sunday in the penultimate week of the season. Montgomery says him and his teammates want to beat Pittsburgh to show they can beat a team that is fighting for the playoffs.

“We’re not playing for the playoffs, but we do have some pride on the line … we want to go out there and beat everyone. When it comes to the Steelers, we want to go out there and face a good team that’s playing for the playoffs, and show everybody who this team is and how hard we work.”

Click on the audio player above to listen to the full interview with Ty Montgomery. 

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