Steven Montez Shows Good and Bad in Loss to Patriots
A lot of eyes in El Paso have been on Steven Montez. The former Del Valle star in his his second season with the Washington Football team. He is trying to make the club as a reserve quarterback on the depth chart after spending the 2020 season on the WFT practice squad. If last night's game was any indication of how his sophomore campaign in the NFL has been going, it's a combination of good and bad.
Let's start with the good. Montez had an entire half of football to audition for a spot on the 53-man roster which will be finalized on August 31st. He also completed 71-percent of his passes last night and he threw the first touchdown pass in his NFL career late in the 4th quarter to draw the WFT to within two points of New England.
The bad news is that Montez threw a pick early in the 4th quarter with his team trailing 9-7, which led to a New England touchdown.
You can see how Montez was getting pressured by the Patriots defense before he threw too high for intended receiver Dax Milne and instead it was intercepted by Joejuan Williams. Although Montez completed 17 of his 24 passes, he averaged just 4.5 yards per completion. The picks have also been a problem for him in practice, since he had ended four of five recent practices by throwing a walk-off interception.
Montez could get another chance to impress head coach Ron Rivera. With third string quarterback Kyle Allen out with an injury, the El Paso native could play again next Friday against Cincinnati. If he does, Montez will need a big performance against the Bengals to stay in the mix at quarterback.