Posted: 6/21/2020 2:17 am UTC
Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery said he is better prepared to lead the backfield in 2020 and expects improvement in a running game that ranked 27th in the NFL in rushing yards, 28th in rushing touchdowns and 29th in yards per carry last year.
Huddle Up: Montgomery may feel better prepared heading into Year 2, but unless the offensive line and quarterback play improve, there is only so much he can do. Don't expect more than the volume-based, low-end RB2 production that he delivered in 2019.
Posted: 6/10/2020 12:49 am UTC
Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery averaged 1.6 yards after contact as a rusher in 2019 - tied for the second-worst mark among qualified rushers.
Huddle Up: It's important to note that not all contact is created equal, and that was particularly the case with Montgomery last year. He ranked seventh among all qualified rushers by breaking a tackle once every 8.6 attempts. It rightly suggests Montgomery was often getting hit by multiple defenders quickly, mostly because Chicago didn't scare many defenses with the passing game. With even a hint of a competent passing attack this year, the second-year pro should be able to perform at an RB2 level in fantasy.
Posted: 6/06/2020 9:36 pm UTC
Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery received 26 red-zone carries and scored five touchdowns on those carries in 2019. RB Tarik Cohen had just six red-zone carries with one touchdown.
Huddle Up: Montgomery scored just one touchdown from outside of the opposition's 20-yard line last year. His role is expected to grow in his sophomore season, and better quarterback play should get the Bears into scoring position more frequently. Montgomery is a high-upside RB2 entering 2020 drafts.
Posted: 2/25/2020 9:25 pm UTC
Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery can be the team's featured back and carry a heavier load if the team chooses to run more in 2020, according to general manager Ryan Pace Tuesday, Feb. 25.
Huddle Up: Montgomery averaged 3.7 yards per carry across 242 attempts in 2020, but he totaled 889 rushing yards and six touchdowns with another 185 yards and a touchdown in the passing game. He should be viewed as a low-end RB1 or high-end RB2 heading into his sophomore season.
Posted: 12/23/2019 6:13 am UTC
Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery ran 13 times for 57 yards and caught his only target for two yards in Week 16 versus the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: Two of Montgomery's most distinguishing features at Iowa State were his ability to break tackles and run through contact on the second level of the defense. The sad reality is that ability has been pretty much wasted in 2019 as the Bears cannot block well enough in order to let him take advantage of his gifts. Then again, Mitchell Trubisky's inability to threaten defenses is helping his cause either. Montgomery will be a low-end RB2 at best in Week 17 against the Minnesota Vikings.
Posted: 12/16/2019 1:23 am UTC
Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery rushed 14 times for 39 yards in Week 15 against the Green Bay Packers while adding one grab for 10 yards on his only target.
Huddle Up: Montgomery has shown some signs of being effective, but he has a lot of inconsistency. We'll see if he can handle the load in 2020, but he is looking more and more like a flex fantasy option for the rest of this season.
Posted: 12/06/2019 6:10 am UTC
Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery carried the ball 20 times for 86 yards against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday, Dec. 5.
Huddle Up: Chicago found better balance on Thursday night with Mitchell Trubisky throwing 31 passes against 34 runs (even though 10 of those were from Trubisky himself), making Montgomery a centerpiece of the offense. It was Montgomery's second-highest output of the season, and now he'll get some extra rest before a division showdown with Green Bay.
Posted: 11/28/2019 9:37 pm UTC
Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery handled 16 carries for 75 yards and caught both of his targets for 12 yards and a touchdown in Week 13 against the Detroit Lions.
Huddle Up: Montgomery had to work for just about everything he got yet again, consistently moving the pile after running into a brick wall at the line of scrimmage. He showed off his underutilized receiving skills by getting open for the game-winning 3-yard score late in the fourth quarter. Fantasy owners should be happy to get what they got from the rookie Thursday, as Chicago started slow and didn't play with the lead all that much. He'll be a back-end RB2 in Week 14 against the Dallas Cowboys.
Posted: 11/25/2019 12:44 am UTC
Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery rushed 13 times for 22 yards in Week 12 against the New York Giants and he added two grabs for just nine yards on three targets.
Huddle Up: Montgomery was going nowhere fast so Tarik Cohen received a total of 13 touches, basically splitting the tailback reps right down the middle. Cohen could see a larger role in the early Thanksgiving game in Week 13 against a shaky Detroit Lions pass defense. For now, treat Montgomery more as a flex fantasy option in leagues of 12 or more teams.
Posted: 11/18/2019 6:30 am UTC
Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery (ankle) had 14 carries for 31 yards against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, Nov. 17. He added a 19-yard reception.
Huddle Up: In three games since rushing for 135 yards against the Chargers, Montgomery has rushed for 131 yards combined. His role in the passing game has never developed, either, leaving the rookie as an RB3 option with modest upside.