Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery is set for a big year three

As Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery enters year three, expectations are that Montgomery will finally take a major step forward, even after rushing for 1070 yards in 2020. The former third-round pick’s sophomore season was just scratching the surface of what Montgomery could develop into when Chicago traded up 14 spots in the 2019 NFL Draft to acquire Montgomery.

“It wasn’t enough for me last year, knowing my untapped potential that I have within myself,” Montgomery said via the Bears official Youtube page. “Just 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.”

Leadership is certainly one quality that Montgomery will need to possess, especially as the Bears continue to overhaul the offense. With Montgomery being the workhorse running back that Chicago expects him to be heading into 2021, his goal will be leading the entire running back room, alongside veteran Tarik Cohen, after reviving the running game during the second half of the 2020 season.

“Biggest thing for me that clicked, just the mentality for everybody,” Montgomery said. “We all just trusted in each other. We believed that something was going to work. It’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.”

Leading the running back room is just one area where Montgomery can have an impact in 2021. Last season, he also showed that he could impact Chicago’s passing game, with 54 receptions on just 68 targets, averaging 8.1 yards per reception, accounting for 25 of Chicago’s first downs.

Through his first two seasons, Montgomery has shown that he can be more productive, however, Chicago’s porous offensive line impacted how good of a piece Montgomery could legitimately for the Bears offense. As he heads into year three, it’s clear that Montgomery has his sights under being one of the top running backs in the NFL.

Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery will have career year in 2021

Running back is the one positional group on the Chicago Bears offense that has remained relatively stable throughout franchise history. Any Bears fan will tell names like Gale Sayers, Walter Payton, Matt Forte, and Thomas Jones. The list goes on and on for the Monsters of the Midway.

General manager Ryan Pace has been successful when it comes to addressing the running back position, finding gems like Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen, and most recently David Montgomery. As Montgomery enters his third season, he’s lived up to expectations. During his freshman and sophomore campaign, the former Iowa State product totaled 2582 yards from scrimmage, impacting Chicago’s rushing and ariel attack.

Entering year three, Montgomery appears to be set up for a career year. Throughout 2019 and 2020, Montgomery’s production took a hit due to porous quarterback and offensive line play. As a hard runner who imposes his will, few opportunities existed for Montgomery to truly show the impact he could make.

With the Bears overhauling the offensive line, drafting guys like Teven Jenkins and Larry Borom, the goal is for Chicago’s offensive line to play with a mean streak, something that will positively impact the Bears’ offense.

Don’t be mistaken. This isn’t to say that Montgomery has underperformed by any means. He just hasn’t gotten the opportunity to truly showcase how dominant he can be, especially in an offense where a dual-threat running back is valued.

Head coach Matt Nagy knows how valuable Montgomery is to the Bears’ offense. During the 2019 NFL Draft, Chicago traded up 14 spots in round three to grab Montgomery, labeling him an ideal fit in Chicago’s offense. As the Bears continue to prepare for the 2021 season, Montgomery has shown he can be an offensive cornerstone for the Bears but if Montgomery’s 2020 season is any indication, it’s that the third-year running back appears to be set up for success that Chicago first hoped for when drafting Montgomery in 2019.