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MJD makes bold prediction about David Montgomery's 2020 stat line

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NFL Network analyst and former Jacksonville Jaguars running back, Maurice Jones-Drew, identified second-year running backs who he thinks will enjoy breakout seasons in 2020, and naturally, Chicago's David Montgomery ranked high on his list.

Montgomery was one of three running backs singled out by MJD, who was very generous with his prediction for No. 32's stat line in 2020.

"Montgomery has the goods to lead the Bears' offensive charge with his vision, ability to break tackles and speed in the open field," Jones-Drew wrote. "He should see closer to 280-300 carries, easily gain 1,000-plus rushing yards and log double-digit TDs."

If that stat line comes to fruition for Montgomery this season, it would represent a gigantic leap forward for the former Iowa State star. He finished his rookie year with just 889 yards and six touchdowns while averaging just 3.7 yards per carry.

The Bears will lean heavily on the run game in 2020 and have taken the necessary steps to improve its production. They signed Germain Ifedi to start at right guard and added Juan Castillo to bring some toughness and a new attitude in the trenches. Montgomery will be the biggest beneficiary.

With no running back on the Bears' roster who's capable of stealing carries from Montgomery, he's a great bet to produce numbers on par with MJD's prediction.