The Chicago Bears, and more specifically, running back David Montgomery, have taken leaps forward these first couple weeks of the 2020 NFL season. The Bears enter Week 3 2-0 for the first time since 2013 and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky looks fairly good.
What’s more, is the Bears are already improving their run game in Year 2 with Montgomery. He finished his rookie season with 889 yards and six touchdowns behind a regressing offensive line and is already on pace to surpass the 1,000-yard mark this year. After two games, Montgomery, Chicago’s 2019 third-round pick, has 146 yards and with a 73-yard average, he could rush for over 1,160 yards by the season’s end.
Play across the board is improving; from Trubisky to the O-line to Montgomery. He spent the offseason slimming down in an effort to bring more speed and is just one more big game away from being the player Chicago, and its fans, have been hoping for. In the Bears’ latest win, a 17-13 victory over the New York Giants, Montgomery suffered a serious accident when he attempted to hurdle over a defender and ultimately landed on his head. He returned to the game and finished with 64 rushing yards.
Montgomery’s early production is better showcased in the season-opening 27-23 win against the Detroit Lions. He had 82 rushing yards plus 45 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown. Montgomery’s use in this game opened up the offense and gave Trubisky a target in a largely uninspiring receiving corps highlighted by Allen Robinson.
One of his best runs that game was due, in part, to good blocking from first-year wide receiver Darnell Mooney.
Montgomery suffered from a lack of consistency last season, but that can be chalked up to a number of factors, including rookie woes and an overall struggling offense; Chicago had the fourth-worst total offense last season. He’s certainly not a rookie anymore and now has another year of head coach Matt Nagy’s system.
Another big game, for Montgomery that would be a 100-plus yard game with a rushing touchdown, would strengthen his case as worthy of the draft price the team played. Chicago already doesn’t have a lot of options in the running back room—Montgomery’s running mate is Tarik Cohen, who recently signed a three-year extension worth $17.25 in new money. If the Bears are putting that much faith in Cohen, after maxing out at 444 yards in 2018, a true breakout game would solidify Montgomery’s presence.
Montgomery’s ceiling is high, and he can continue to carve out a bigger role in this offense with continued success. The more he’s able to do out of the backfield, the more it’ll alleviate pressure from Trubisky, who’s playing his heart out to retain the success he had late last season.