With less than four weeks until the regular-season opener, we can taste football. It’s no secret that Chicago has been consumed by Bears Fever, with a roster returning 19 of its 22 starters from last year’s division title-winning team.
That team still had holes, though, including a glaring one at running back. It’s likely that the Bears primary running back in 2019 will be third-round pick David Montgomery, who looked awfully impressive in his preseason debut the other night.
What ultimately forced Jordan Howard out of town was his inability to produce in multiple facets of the game. He was nothing more than a downhill, between the tackles runner, and he wasn’t even all that productive doing that in 2018.
The Bears traded up to make Montgomery their first pick of the 2019 draft surely because they believe he can do what Howard couldn’t. On Thursday, he showed us flashes of what the future may hold.
Matt Nagy has shown that his starters will see close to zero playing time this preseason, but Montgomery might be an exception to that rule being a rookie. If he does get more extended preseason playing, let’s hope for two things:
- He keeps showing flashes
- He stays healthy
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