David Montgomery

David Montgomery

27-Year-Old Running BackRB
Detroit Lions
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Few NFL seasons have ever appeared as fluky as Jamaal Williams' 17-touchdown season from 2022, and many understandably figured that the touchdown count was just a product of the time and place rather than a repeatable role for Montgomery to inherit upon leaving Chicago for Detroit in free agency. Unfortunately for the folks who doubted Montgomery -- be it due to the concerns of team rushing TD regression or the then-shocking 12th overall selection of fellow running back Jahmyr Gibbs -- Montgomery was a much better version of what Williams gave the Lions in the same role. Montgomery's total of 13 touchdowns in 14 games was no fluke, because the Detroit offense is built around a powerful running game behind a dominant offensive line. That O-line will need to withstand the loss of standout guard Jonah Jackson and the potential retirement of Pro Bowl center Frank Ragnow, though the signing of veteran guard Kevin Zeitler should provide stability. It's also fair to point out that Montgomery might not get as much of the backfield work in 2024 with Gibbs heading into his second season. Montgomery is a good player who remains the clear lead power runner, but Gibbs is a first-round pick with 4.36 speed coming off a rookie year with 5.2 YPC. We already saw Montgomery's receiving usage dry up last year (16 catches), and it's possible more of the rushing load now shifts to Gibbs as well. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Lions in April of 2024.
Finds end zone against 49ers
RBDetroit Lions
January 28, 2024
Montgomery rushed the ball 15 times for 93 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-31 loss to the 49ers. He added two receptions (on two targets) for 20 yards.
ANALYSIS
Montgomery accounted for Detroit's second score of the game with a one-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter. He was also efficient with his opportunities throughout the contest, ripping off long runs of 16 and 15 yards and resulting in his highest yardage total since Week 10. Despite missing three games, Montgomery reached 1,000 rushing yards in the regular season for the second time in his career, and he also tallied a career-high 13 touchdowns. He'll likely be back with the Lions in 2024, continuing to form a potent combination with Jahmyr Gibbs out of the backfield.
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How do David Montgomery's 2023 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.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Broken Tackle %
12.3%
 
Positive Run %
88.1%
 
% Yds After Contact
64.4%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
3.0
 
Rushing TD %
5.9%
 
Touches Per Game
16.8
 
% Snaps w/Touch
53.7%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-2.2
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.07
 
% Team Air Yards
-0.8%
 
% Team Targets
4.2%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-1.3 Yds
 
Catch Rate
66.7%
 
Drop Rate
8.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
9.3
 
% Targeted On Route
15.2%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
0.74
 
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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' 11"
 
Weight
224 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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22 days ago
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2019
The Lions took Jamaal Williams and made him the second-leading touchdown scorer in 2022, the product of a strong Detroit offensive line, creative playcalling and the modest talent Williams possesses. Perhaps Montgomery is not such a standout himself, but he has more ability than Williams. It's possible the other two variables fluctuate – a little bad injury luck can take down an otherwise strong offensive line, and coordinator Ben Johnson might see challenging defensive adjustments that didn't occur to opponents in 2022 – but Montgomery still walks into a favorable situation. Montgomery and 12th overall pick Jahmyr Gibbs can and must coexist for Detroit to win, because at 199 pounds Gibbs can only bear so much physical burden. Short-yardage tasks, which is to often say carries within five yards of the end zone, might be left more so to Montgomery. At over 220 pounds with a hammerhead mentality, Montgomery is built to be a better version of Williams.
After a breakthrough 2020 season, Montgomery came roaring out of the gate in 2021 with three touchdowns and two 100-yard rushing performances in the first four weeks. Unfortunately, a sprained knee cost him the next four weeks, and in his absence Khalil Herbert proved nearly as productive as the Bears' lead back. Montgomery regained his lead role upon his return, but not his mojo, as he ran for only four more touchdowns the rest of the way and didn't have another 100-yard rushing game. The knee injury may have played a factor in that downturn, as Montgomery's broken tackle numbers and yards after contact both regressed significantly from the season before, and he doesn't have the kind of elite athleticism that would allow him to be effective at less than 100 percent. Where he does excel is with his vision and patience, which often leaves him at the mercy of a middling Chicago offensive line. With the Matt Nagy era now over, new offensive coordinator Luke Getsy is expected to bring a Packers-style scheme to another NFC North squad. That might mean Herbert getting more touches, but the bigger concern is Montgomery's shaky team context after the Bears’ six-win 2021 season was followed by an offseason marked by significant losses (WR Allen Robinson, G James Daniels, DE/OLB Khalil Mack) without comparable veteran replacements.
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.
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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Takes back seat to Gibbs in win
RBDetroit Lions
January 21, 2024
Montgomery carried the ball 10 times for 33 yards and caught three of four targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 31-23 divisional-round win over the Buccaneers.
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Leading rusher in WC win
RBDetroit Lions
January 14, 2024
Montgomery ran the ball 14 times for 57 yards and a touchdown while catching his only target for 11 yards in Sunday's 24-23 win over the Rams.
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Ends regular season with another TD
RBDetroit Lions
January 7, 2024
Montgomery rushed 10 times for 40 yards with one touchdown during Sunday's 30-20 win over the Vikings.
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Paces backfield in loss
RBDetroit Lions
December 30, 2023
Montgomery rushed 14 times for 65 yards and a touchdown and failed to bring in his only target in the Lions' 20-19 loss to the Cowboys on Saturday night.
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Finds end zone in Week 16 win
RBDetroit Lions
December 25, 2023
Montgomery rushed 17 times for 55 yards and a touchdown and caught both his targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 30-24 win over Minnesota.
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Key factor in NFC Championship
RBDetroit Lions
January 27, 2024
Eric Edholm of NFL.com believes that Montgomery and backfield running mate Jahmyr Gibbs will be key factors for the Lions in the NFC Championship Game against the 49ers.
ANALYSIS
While the duo finished the Lions' wild-card win over the Rams with 68 scrimmage yards and a touchdown apiece, Montgomery took the backseat in the team's divisional-round win over the Buccaneers. He finished with 47 scrimmage yards on 13 touches, while Gibbs had 114 scrimmage yards on 13 touches and scored a touchdown. Edholm notes that the 49ers have struggled against the run as of late and allowed 136 rushing yards on 4.9 yards per carry in their divisional-round win over the Packers. Montgomery has been the thunder to Gibbs' lightning, and the backfield duo could cause problems for San Fransisco's run defense.
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