Bears like what they’ve seen of David Montgomery as a receiver

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The Bears didn’t use running back Jordan Howard as a receiver much before trading him to the Eagles this offseason, but it appears they have plans on using the back they drafted a short time later in that role.

David Montgomery caught 22 passes during his final season at Iowa State, which didn’t stop the Bears from picking him in the third round to complement Tarik Cohen and Mike Davis in the backfield. Since Montgomery’s arrived in Chicago, he’s shown head coach Matt Nagy that he offers more to the passing game than some might have expected.

“We always knew he had great hands,” Nagy said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “You don’t know how great of a route runner a college back is, but he’s a really good route runner. . . . This kid can’t wait. [Neither can] Mike Davis and these other backs. They want to put the pads on.”

Offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich said he’s heard Montgomery get compared to Matt Forte since being drafted. Expecting that kind of production might be a reach given the other backs on hand, but showing a wide range of skills should assure the rookie a role in Nagy’s offense.

9 responses to “Bears like what they’ve seen of David Montgomery as a receiver

  1. I watched this guy play 3 years at Iowa State, he’s a total stud. He’s the complete package at running back and always plays with a chip on his shoulder. Very elusive and always hard to take down. I wish the Vikings had taken him. You Chi fans won’t be disappointed.

  2. This dude was very good at Iowa State and is a complete back – run, catch, block. The Bears will be pleasantly surprised.

  3. toothfairyretributionmanifesto says:
    June 13, 2019 at 1:04 pm
    Complete player, but too slow to excel at the next level.

    It amazes me how some people can look at a player that’s 0.10 or a 0.20 of a second behind another player and call them S-L-O-W, totally blows my mind! A 0.20 of a second difference in 40yds is just over an arm’s length = he could still tackle the faster guy. Besides how often is a RB running in a straight line like they do at the Combine or Pro Day?

  4. Furthermore… This guy by the name of Emmit Smith ran about a 4.5… and I can’t stand the cowboys but he was a great running back.

    And supposedly, Emmitt Smith ran a 4.70 at the NFL Combine…funny because Smith never ran the 40 at the Combine! Smith claimed it was too cold in Indianapolis and he couldn’t warm-up properly so he didn’t run the 40 at the Combine. He did run 40s at the Florida campus testing later and was timed in the 4.5-4.56 range

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