When the Chicago Bears report to Halas Hall for training camp, running back will be an important position to keep an eye on. Workhorse David Montgomery will lead the way, while fifth-year veteran Tarik Cohen returns from a torn ACL sustained in 2020. Damien Williams will provide some quality veteran depth, especially after having played in an offensive system similar to the Bears while with the Kansas City Chiefs for two seasons in 2018 and 2019.Â Khalil Hebert, Artavis Pierce, Ryan Nall, and C.J. Marable will provide depth, making running back one of the deepest positions on the roster.
How good Chicago’s running backs can be will hinge on how quickly the offensive line gels, potentially setting the stage to be one of the NFL’s best running back rooms this year. Montgomery returns fully healthy, looking to take another step forward, realizing his true potential as a dual-threat running back.
â€œIt wasnâ€™t enough for me last year, knowing my untapped potential that I have within myself,â€Â Montgomery said via the Bears official Youtube page. â€œJust being more vocal, being able to stand what I say and allow my words to carry a lot of strength when I speak. Doing all things right at all times.â€
Halfway through the 2020 season, Chicago’s offensive philosophy changed, becoming a pass-first offense over a seven-week span. The Bears failed to rush for 100 or more yards in this same time span, before making a switch at quarterback, which allowed the running game to flourish.
â€œBiggest thing for me that clicked, just the mentality for everybody,â€ Montgomery said. â€œWe all just trusted in each other. We believed that something was going to work. Itâ€™s embracing the role that is meant for me, whatever that may be. I think I could have done better for my guys around me.â€
Montgomery will lead the way but the Bears will have plenty of contributions from Cohen and Williams, two players who provide additional value in the passing game, allowing head coach Matt Nagy to get creative with matchups.
â€œBeing that Iâ€™ve been in this offense, I could give out pointers here and there but these guys, theyâ€™re great, they know what theyâ€™re doing,â€Â Williams said via the Bears official YouTube page. â€œSo all I can do is give my vet, my little things here and there of what Iâ€™ve been through and what Iâ€™ve seen. Iâ€™m just trying to get in here like the rookie kid and fit in.â€
As Chicago continues to prepare for the 2021 season, running back is a positional group where the potential is unlimited, generating plenty of excitement.