David Montgomery provides spark for Bears offense in otherwise slow night

Montgomery ran for 108 yards, 1 touchdown in season opener

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Bears running back David Montgomery was one of the few bright spots for the Bears’ offense on Sunday night in a 34-14 season-opening loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

The third-year running back rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. He also caught one pass for 10 yards. He came into training camp talking about how he honed his running form over the offseason to make himself faster, and it seemed apparent Sunday.

The interior offensive line – guard Cody Whitehair, center Sam Mustipher and guard James Daniels – was creating wide holes for the third-year running back. When the holes collapsed, Montgomery was still tough to bring down.

“I got opportunities, and when I did I was trying to be sure that I extended those opportunities,” Montgomery said. “The whole line was pushing and creating massive lanes, as well as my receivers helping me too.”

Montgomery briefly left the game with a finger injury, but did return. He had his index finger wrapped up after the game. He said that his finger is fine.

“David ran really hard,” starting quarterback Andy Dalton said. “It’s fun to see because you’ve seen it all camp and know what all he can do. Now you get him in a game atmosphere, for him to run the way he did, I love to see the way he played.”

Sean Hammond

Sean Hammond

Sean is the Chicago Bears beat reporter for Shaw Media. He also contributes to high school football coverage at Friday Night Drive. Sean has covered various sports at the amateur, college and professional levels since 2012. He joined Shaw Media in 2016.