Report: Washington could consider using QB Steven Montez in a ‘Taysom Hill-type’ roll

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All of the focus on the Washington Football Team’s quarterback position has been centered around the three guys vying for the starting spot; Ryan Fitzpatrick, Taylor Heinicke, and Kyle Allen.

However, a recent storyline involving the fourth guy on the roster has recently popped up, with a new wrinkle potentially being added to the offense.

According to The Athletic‘s Ben Standig, Washington has considered using practice squad QB Steven Montez in a versatile role that would mirror what the New Orleans Saints have done with QB/TE/HB/WR/KR Taysom Hill.

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.

After playing quarterback at BYU, Hill went undrafted before landing in New Orleans in 2017. Since then, the Saints have used his impressive athletic skills in a variety of ways. Hill touched the ball 181 times as a runner or receiver over the last three seasons in addition to returning kicks in 2018.

Standing at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, it’s clear that Montez has the body type to serve multiple roles on the floor, but we haven’t seen him do anything at the NFL level since he was picked up as an undrafted free agent out of Colorado with the lack of a preseason in 2020. Still, the QB was fairly mobile during his time in college, with more than 230 yards rushing in three of his four years.

Could this mean that Montez will be vying for the starting spot in Washington? Absolutely not. He could, however, take a spot on the roster every now and again, with OC Scott Turner picking his place to fit him into an offensive package. It would be just another way to keep the defense guessing, which we know this coaching staff loves to do.

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