David Montgomery
David Montgomery
24-Year-Old Running BackRB
Chicago Bears
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Few players changed the trajectory of their careers for the better in 2020 more than Montgomery. After a lackluster rookie season that left his future as a potential lead runner in doubt, the 23-year-old got a little more support from his offensive line and a little more trust from coach Matt Nagy, ultimately breaking out for more than 1,000 yards rushing and 1,500 yards from scrimmage. Montgomery's best assets might be his patience and vision, traits that do leave him more scheme-dependent than some other RBs, though he also possesses plenty of power and finished fourth among all backs in broken tackles last year. He's even a capable receiver and pass protector, and he more than doubled his production through the air from his debut campaign. The Chicago offense is still a less than ideal environment for any skill player, and replacing Mitchell Trubisky with Andy Dalton and Justin Fields won't necessarily fix the problem right away, but Montgomery has now established himself — alongside WR Allen Robinson — as one of the centerpieces of the team's attack. Even if he loses some targets with Damien WIlliams joining the team and Tarik 
Cohen coming back from an ACL tear, Montgomery is a safe bet to dominate Chicago's ground workload again. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $4.02 million contract with the Bears in June of 2019.
Candidate for 300 carries
RBChicago Bears
July 13, 2021
Bears coach Matt Nagy told the Under Center podcast that he'd like Montgomery to get 20 carries per game.
ANALYSIS
It's a highly optimistic number, given that Montgomery averaged 16.5 last season -- fourth most in the league -- while playing most of the year with Cordarrelle Patterson and Ryan Nall as his (seldom-used) backups. The Bears now have Tarik Cohen coming back from an ACL tear and Damien Williams signed to a one-year contract, but even with the improved depth, Montgomery's strong finish to 2020 leaves no doubt about his status as the starter and lead ballcarrier. His workload on passing downs is more of a question mark, as Cohen has handled most of those snaps whenever he's been healthy throughout his time with the Bears.
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How do David Montgomery's 2020 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
19.0%
 
Positive Run %
81.0%
 
% Yds After Contact
64.8%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.8
 
Rushing TD %
3.2%
 
Touches Per Game
20.1
 
% Snaps w/Touch
39.7%
 
Air Yards Per Game
2.9
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.06
 
% Team Air Yards
0.9%
 
% Team Targets
11.4%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.6 Yds
 
Catch Rate
79.4%
 
Drop Rate
5.9%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
7.8
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do David Montgomery's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
222 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.63 sec
 
Vertical Jump
28.5 in
 
Broad Jump
121 in
 
Bench Press
15 reps
 
Hand Length
9.25 in
 
Arm Length
31.38 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
Montgomery struggled through a lackluster rookie season, but it's hard to pin the blame solely on him. The Bears offense was a disaster in 2019, as an injury-plagued offensive line and regression from Mitchell Trubisky constantly put the running game in poor situations and forced Montgomery to dance for yards that weren't there. He finished seventh among qualified rushers in broken tackle rate and T-6th in broken tackles (28), so he proved adept at making the first man miss. The problem was the three or four other defenders who were there a split second later, as his average of 1.6 yards after contact was fourth lowest in the league, sandwiching him between Peyton Barber and Sony Michel. Montgomery's early down role in tandem with Tarik Cohen seems secure, while the overall outlook remains cloudy. The addition of Bill Lazor as Chicago's new offensive coordinator seems geared toward improving the passing game, as does the team's decision to trade for Nick Foles to compete with Trubisky under center, and the offensive line could be even worse following the retirement of Kyle Long. Montgomery might have the skills to be an effective NFL back, but his team context remains suboptimal, and a groin injury from training camp has him looking questionable-to-doubtful for Week 1.
A 2019 third-round pick out of Iowa State, Montgomery steps into an immediate competition with free-agent signee Mike Davis for a significant role in the Chicago backfield alongside Tarik Cohen. Montgomery's most impressive traits as a runner are his vision, patience and power, as he calmly lets holes develop before throttling up to get to the second level. He ran just a 4.63 in the 40-yard dash, but he has enough wiggle to make the first tackler miss, and he can generate yards after contact with a stout frame, bringing a low center of gravity and powerful leg drive. He's also competent as a receiver and already adept as a pass protector, giving him the ability to stay on the field for three downs, even if his targets will be limited by Cohen's presence. There are concerns about Montgomery's college workload and the punishment his running style creates, but he's essentially a more versatile version of Jordan Howard, so he likely will have an opportunity to thrive in the same role focused on early downs and short-yardage carries.
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Could share more work this year
RBChicago Bears
July 7, 2021
Offseason addition Damien Williams could spell Montgomery at times this season, Sean Hammond of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
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Limited work in playoff loss
RBChicago Bears
January 10, 2021
Montgomery rushed 12 times for 31 yards in the Bears' 21-9 loss to the Saints in the wild-card round.
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Over 100 scrimmage yards
RBChicago Bears
January 3, 2021
Montgomery rushed 22 times for 69 yards and a touchdown while catching nine passes for 63 yards in the Bears' 35-16 loss to the Packers on Sunday.
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Find end zone again
RBChicago Bears
December 27, 2020
Montgomery rushed 23 times for 95 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 26 yards in the Bears' 41-17 victory over the Jaguars on Sunday.
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Stays red hot
RBChicago Bears
December 20, 2020
Montgomery rushed 32 times for 146 yards and two touchdowns while adding a 16-yard reception in Chicago's 33-27 victory over the Vikings on Sunday.
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