The Jets have acquired second-year WR D.J. Montgomery on waivers from Cleveland.
Montgomery (6-1, 201) came to the Browns as an undrafted free agent. He had two college seasons of double-digit touchdown receptions, first a 10-TD sophomore campaign for Holmes Community College in Mississippi, then another 10 TD grabs at Austin Peay as a senior in 2018. For his two-season Peay career he totaled 61 catches for 1,025 yards (16.8 yards/catch) and 13 touchdowns.
He began his rookie preseason in Cleveland strongly with five receptions for 124 yards and a touchdown in the Browns’ first two summer games. But he sustained a hamstring injury midway through training camp and sat out the season on Injured Reserve.
Despite a highlight-reel one-handed TD catch in one-on-one drills against veteran CB Denzel Ward early last week, Montgomery was battling for second- and third-team reps at the Browns’ crowded WR position.
Montgomery joins the Jets offense just as RB Kalen Ballage departs. Ballage, who was acquired from Miami in a Thursday trade involving a conditional Jets draft pick, will revert to the Dolphins after not passing his physical.