The Bears had huge holes on their offensive line in 2019, and they didn’t do anything about it. They added some depth pieces, but it’s not looking good for David Montgomery.
The combination wasn’t good in 2019. According to Football Outsiders, the Bears ranked 4th-worst in adjusted offensive line yards. That basically means their offensive line didn’t do much for their RBs.
The RBs themselves didn’t help either, as Chicago ranked 3rd-worst in open field yards, and 2nd-worst in 2nd level yards. The Bears’ running game was simply a hot mess in 2019.
Montgomery is a patient runner, and sometimes too patient. With a good offensive line, he can flourish, but it doesn’t seem like he has what he needs for a successful season in 2020. The interesting thing about Montgomery is that he played well in college, despite Iowa State having a terrible offensive line for his entire career, so he’s kind of used to it… but he produced despite that.
We have to note that as long as Tarik Cohen is as big a part of his offense as he is (averaged 54% of snaps over the last 8 games of 2019), Montgomery’s involvement in the passing game will be limited. And by the way, even Cohen couldn’t get anything going in the run game, averaging 3.3 YPC after averaging 4.4 over his first two seasons. Keep in mind that if Cohen were to get hurt, Montgomery’s upside as an every-down back gets unlocked.
Montgomery will have his games, no doubt, and so will Cohen, but whether he’ll perform will be a huge question mark on a week-to-week basis, which is why he should probably be avoided, even at his price of an early 4th round pick.