Former Hokie Will Montgomery Makes His Second NFL Playoff Start


Nov 30, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Denver Broncos center Will Montgomery (64) points towards the Kansas City Chiefs in the second quarter at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Back in 2006, Will Montgomery was a seventh round pick out of Virginia Tech by the Carolina Panthers. Like any seventh round pick, hopes were not high that Montgomery would do much in the NFL, but the Panthers were hoping to just get a solid contributor.

Montgomery took some time to develop at the NFL level, but finally earned a starting job with the Washington Redskins. Montgomery made his first career playoff start back in 2012 against the Seattle Seahawks, and it did not go so well.

Montgomery had a couple of bad snaps against the Seahawks with some Washington fans blaming his bad snaps as part of the reason for Robert Griffin III’s injury. Now that seems a little extreme but Montgomery did not have a good game against the Seahawks.

After another season of starting in Washington, Will Montgomery was cut but was able to find a new team on a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos. Denver decided to move Manny Ramirez to guard and Montgomery became the center for Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

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Now, Montgomery gets his second shot in the playoff with the Broncos as he looks to be a part of a Super Bowl winner.

Montgomery is 31 years old and is running out of time to win a Super Bowl with any team let alone do it as a starter. This will likely be Montgomery’s best chance at winning a Super Bowl as a starter as Montgomery never was an elite NFL player and projects to be someone whose career will be over in a couple season.

However, Montgomery will not be thinking about his future whatsoever coming into his second postseason start in his NFL career. This game will be Montgomery’s chance to get some redemption for some of the bad snaps he had in his first career playoff start.

Denver will look for its offensive line to maximize its running game with C.J. Anderson who has had a breakout season. Montgomery will also need to avoid having any bad snaps as Manning is not nearly as fast as Griffin.

This game will be Will Montgomery’s chance to get some redemption from his first career playoff start, and he will rise to the occasion.

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