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David Montgomery readying for another big year

Watch Bears’ tailback David Montgomery getting after it again this offseason with the Footwork King.

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The 2020 season was a big one for Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery, and he’s looking to build off his breakout year with an even more impressive 2021.

I know the popular narrative surrounding some fans is that the Bears never run the ball, but Montgomery was 4th in the NFL with 247 rushing attempts, 5th with 1,070 rushing yards, but he was also 4th in offensive touches with 301 and 5th with 1,508 yards from scrimmage.

Now imagine if the Bears were’ playing musical chairs along the offensive line from weeks 5 through 10.

Matt Nagy’s running game was effective early and late in the 2020 season, and while the health of the o-line had a lot to do with that, so to did Montgomery’s improvement form his rookie season.

Montgomery definitely played faster a year ago, and while that was partly due to his understanding of the pro game, it was also because he had better vision and footwork.

His quickness was aided by his work with the Footwork King, and Montgomery is back training with him again this offseason.

I’m most impressed that this is a workout that can actually translate to an actual game. Some of these pro day and workout videos that have been shared recently have nothing to do with stuff that can make you a better football player, so Montgomery, who won’t turn 24 until this summer, is putting in the right kind of work.

He was a big part of the offense a year ago, and no matter which quarterback ends up starting for the Bears in 2021, he’ll be a big part again.