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Bowen expecting big things from Montgomery


Bears second-year pro David Montgomery is among eight NFL running backs that ESPN's Matt Bowen is targeting in his early mock fantasy football draft.

Selected by the Bears in the third round of last year's draft out of Iowa State, Montgomery rushed for 889 yards and six touchdowns on 242 carries and caught 25 passes for 185 yards and one TD last season. His 889 yards ranked 19th in the NFL and were second among rookies, trailing only Raiders first-round pick Josh Jacobs' 1,150 yards.

Bowen, a former NFL safety, mentions that Montgomery averaged 4.3 yards per carry in Weeks 13-17 last season after averaging 3.3 yards in Weeks 1-12.

"While Montgomery will still yield pass game reps to Tarik Cohen in Chicago, his running traits -- contact balance, wiggle, vision -- are a fit for Matt Nagy's zone schemes," Bowen wrote. "Plus, with the anticipation that we see more multiple tight end sets to gain extra gaps in the run game, Montgomery will once again get the volume of a lower-tier RB2/flex. I'm betting on the second-year back playing at a level that is more reflective of his late-season numbers in '19."