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Saints sign versatile running back Ty Montgomery

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have signed veteran running back Ty Montgomery, general manager Mickey Loomis said Friday.

The 6-foot, 216-pound Montgomery comes to New Orleans after spending last season in largely a reserve and special teams role with the New York Jets.

Montgomery rushed 15 times last season for 83 yards, caught 13 passes for 90 yards and returned 18 kickoffs for 364 yards.

Montgomery was a receiver in college at Stanford and converted to a running back after being selected by Green Bay in the third round of the 2015 draft. He has appeared in 58 career games with 16 starts for Green Bay, Baltimore and the Jets.

He has rushed for 1,035 yards with seven touchdowns in his career to go with 120 receptions for 982 yards with three touchdowns. He also has returned 53 kickoffs for 1,158 yards.

His best season was in 2016. Pressed into emergency duty as the Packers’ starting running back because of a wave of injuries, he started six games, played in 15, and rushed for 457 yards and three touchdowns. He switched from receiver to running back full-time in 2017.

In a corresponding move, the Saints waived tight end Mitch Loewen.

On Thursday, the Saints re-signed backup offensive lineman Patrick Omameh.

The 6-foot-4, 327-pound Omameh joined New Orleans at the start of training camp last season and appeared in 14 regular-season games with one start.

The seven-year veteran filled in at both the guard and tackle positions as well as on special teams. He started at left tackle in a Thanksgiving night victory at Atlanta.

He returns to a Saints team that has four of five starters back on the offensive line and used its first-round draft choice last month on Michigan center Cesar Ruiz.

Omameh also played at Michigan and began his NFL career with San Francisco as an undrafted free agent in 2013.

The Columbus, Ohio, native has played in 81 regular-season games in a career that also has included stints with Tampa Bay, Chicago, Jacksonville and the New York Giants. He has 57 regular-season starts.