The Bears opened up space alongside Tarik Cohen in their backfield by trading Jordan Howard this offseason and third-round pick David Montgomery joins free agent acquisition Mike Davis as the likeliest candidates to fill it.
Early signs about the rookie’s chances of doing that have been positive. Montgomery’s skills in the passing game got a thumbs up from head coach Matt Nagy and running backs coach Charles London said his ability as a runner was also evident right off the bat.
London said Montgomery has “pretty rare contact balance,” which gives him the chance to gain yards even when there’s a lot of traffic ahead of him on the field.
The story added London said Montgomery was focused on learning the offense and his role this spring, but that he can see the running back taking on a leadership role as time goes on. If the offseason praise turns into regular season results, that may happen sooner rather than later. In standard leagues, we have Montgomery ranked as the highest Bears back at 26th.