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Former NFL executive predicts monster rookie season from David Montgomery

Former NFL executive predicts monster rookie season from David Montgomery

The NFL Draft has a funny way of letting running backs slip through the cracks, often leaving teams to find the most productive rookies in the middle rounds of the draft.

Former Dallas Cowboys executive Gil Brandt, who now writes for NFL.com, sees a similar case with Bears third-round pick David Montgomery.

Brandt envisions the Iowa State running back following in the footsteps of Alvin Kamara and Kareem Hunt en route to a breakout rookie season.

He projects Montgomery as the top rookie running back this season with 1,200 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.

“The Bears paved the way for Montgomery to become a feature back by trading Jordan Howard to the Eagles before the draft,” Brandt wrote. “The Iowa State product rushed for 1,100-plus yards in each of the past two seasons, and if he slides right in and takes up Howard's old workload (270 touches in 2018), Montgomery should produce like crazy.”

The qualifier in Brandt’s analysis is that the Bears would give their rookie the same number of touches as they did for Jordan Howard, which is unclear at this point.

Montgomery is still learning the offense, and Ryan Pace didn’t give Mike Davis a two-year, $6 million to watch games from the sideline.

Matt Nagy is expected to take more of a running back by committee approach to start the season, but if Montgomery starts producing like the breakout candidate Brandt foresees, the Bears should keep putting the ball in his hands.

Under Center Podcast: Previewing Bears-Redskins with JP Finlay

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Under Center Podcast: Previewing Bears-Redskins with JP Finlay

JJ Stankevitz chats with NBC Sports Washington Redskins Insider JP Finlay to preview Monday night's game, which just might be a must-win for Washington (1:20).

Also, is the Redskins' defense actually as bad as it's looked in the first two games of 2019? (2:30) Will Josh Norman shadow Allen Robinson and try to shut him down? (6:15)

On the offensive side of the ball, JP explains what's made Case Keenum so good this year (9:45) and if rookie wideout Terry McLaurin's explosive start to the season is sustainable (11:55). Plus, JP gets into the impact of left tackle Trent Williams' holdout (13:30) and how it's effected running back Adrian Peterson (15:05).

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WATCH: NFL Films breaks down final moments of Bears vs. Broncos

WATCH: NFL Films breaks down final moments of Bears vs. Broncos

The Chicago Bears avoided the dreaded 0-2 start by defeating the Denver Broncos last Sunday in what's become something of an instant classic for Bears fans. Eddy Pineiro's 53-yard game-winner injected life into an otherwise lifeless start to the season, and while it was incredible to watch unfold live, NFL Films' recap of the final minute is goosebump-inducing. 

"We need one second and the ball," Matt Nagy said in the Bears locker room after the win. "And that's a credit to you guys for never giving up. I dont care about stats, we got the dub!"

The Nagy-booms that followed were epic. Check it out: