David Montgomery Fantasy Outlook Could Be Better Than Expected as Bears' Potential 'Every-Down Back'

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - AUGUST 08: David Montgomery #32 of the Chicago Bears reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during a preseason game at Soldier Field on August 08, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
Carolina Panthers v Chicago Bears | Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

When the Chicago Bears traded Jordan Howard to the Philadelphia Eagles, some analysts thought the team was preparing to give Tarik Cohen a feature back role. However, the Bears spent a third-round pick on Iowa State's David Montgomery in April's 2019 NFL Draft, who has since become the likeliest candidate to get most of Howard's 250 carries from 2018.

While the Bears were already optimistic about Montgomery getting early-down work, it seems like he's really improved as a pass-catcher as well. Howard, whose struggles catching the ball have been well documented, saw 50 targets as a rookie in 2016, catching 29 passes.

If Montgomery can approach those numbers in his rookie season, he could really outperform his current average draft position (ADP) of RB22, according to FantasyPros.com. He'll have to contend with Cohen (RB30) for passing-down work, but most of the reports out of training camp have been positive for Montgomery as both a runner and receiver.

Currently being drafted as a low-end RB2, Montgomery has the upside for a much bigger year if he can secure a little more work as a pass-catcher. Howard finished as the RB9 in his 2016 rookie season, and if Montgomery is used more frequently in the passing game, he has a shot finish even higher.

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