Was David Montgomery's fumble against Cowboys actually a good thing?

Was David Montgomery's fumble against Cowboys actually a good thing?

Turnovers are never a good thing for an offense, but sometimes, a young player learns a valuable lesson after an interception or fumble. In the case of Bears rookie running back David Montgomery, his third-quarter fumble against the Cowboys in Week 14 gave running backs coach Charles London an opportunity for a teaching moment.

“He learned a good lesson the other day,” London said on Tuesday. “He runs so hard, and he’s hard to bring down. So I said, ‘That’s how people are going to try to attack you now. They’re going to try to hold you up and strip the ball.’"

Montgomery's on a bit of a hot streak over the last few weeks, including his performance against Dallas sans the fumble. He carried the ball 20 times for 86 yards in the Bears' 31-24 victory and now has 36 carries for 161 yards over the last two weeks. It's the first time this season he's averaged better than four yards per carry in back-to-back games.

But fumbles can squash the brightest of careers. 

“He knows you have to do a better job taking care of it," London said. "You never want to take away that spirit he has, of trying to fight for extra yards. But that time also has to be calculated, to take care of the ball.”

Montgomery's want-to is evident on almost every carry. Rarely is he brought to the ground by the first defender and he's beginning to set the tone for a rushing attack that struggled to find its identity over the first 10 weeks of the season.

Montgomery's rookie season hasn't been as productive as fantasy-footballers may have hoped for, but he's still managed 680 yards and five touchdowns through 13 games. He hasn't received much help from his offensive line, and while his 3.5 yards per carry doesn't appear overly impressive, it's actually quite good considering how often he's been met at or behind the line of scrimmage. He's the Bears' third-highest graded player on offense, per Pro Football Focus, and is now beginning to prove just how effective he can be as a pro.

Still, he's not quite a finished product yet.

“Just go down,” London said of his advice to Montgomery. “Take care of the football. Take the profit. Live to play another play.”

Montgomery is a competitor. It's obvious in how he runs. And while his fumble in Week 14 wasn't a play he'll showcase on a highlight film from his rookie season, it was an important building block for the young running back.

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Pat McAfee thinks Cam Newton is the move the Bears should be making this offseason

Pat McAfee thinks Cam Newton is the move the Bears should be making this offseason

Recently on the always-light-hearted, analytical-bending Pat McAfee Show, the former Indianapolis Colts player turned radio host weighed in on the Bears’ decision to keep Mitch Trubisky under center for the upcoming season. McAfee believes it’s time the Bears climb back into relevancy by replacing Trubisky with former-MVP Cam Newton:

If I was the Chicago Bears, I would be trying to get Cam Newton. What's the worst that could happen? He stinks? You guys stink anyways. 

With a “what do you have to lose?” mantra, McAfee believes that the Bears should swap out Trubisky for the Panthers' star. Newton is not a free agent, however; it's possible his time with the Panthers could be up,  as it's been heavily-rumored that they'll trade him away this offseason. Newton was sidelined most of the 2019 season with back-to-back injuries, first in his shoulder, then his ankle. If they trade away Newton, the Panthers could allot the money to rebuilding their team around one of the league’s best running backs, Christian McCaffery. 

2020 Senior Bowl: Jordan Love's 1st-round hype is real

2020 Senior Bowl: Jordan Love's 1st-round hype is real

MOBILE, Ala. — The Detroit Lions didn't gain any new fans after their questionable practice session (North team) on Day 1 of the 2020 Senior Bowl, but despite a lot of time warming up and working against air, there were a few prospect performances worth noting.

Utah State quarterback Jordan Love was the headliner, showing off his cannon of an arm in what was a clear display of starting-quarterback talent. Compared to fellow North team quarterbacks Shea Patterson (Michigan) and Anthony Gordon (Washington State), Love looked like the only quarterback who's capable of succeeding in the NFL. It wasn't even close.

Love has an effortless throwing motion. His passes are crisp, accurate and on a rope. Was he perfect? No. But he had the most impressive arm of the day. His first-round hype is very real and will only continue to build momentum as the week goes on.

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As for Patterson and Gordon? Bears fans need to temper their excitement for both of them. Patterson's quirky throwing motion looks labored and forced while Gordon's slight frame and underwhelming arm strength scream backup at best.

Tight end Brycen Hopkins (Purdue) had a quiet first practice. His opportunities to make plays were limited. But he'll need a strong finish to the week to maintain his standing as the top tight end at the Senior Bowl.

One player Bears fans should highlight as a name to watch is Michigan offensive lineman Ben Bredeson. He looked the part on Tuesday. He has strong hands and the kind of powerful playing style that tends to lead to success in the NFL. He showed pretty good feet, too. He has a chance to rise up the board if he stacks two more positive practices together.

On the defensive side of the ball, Syracuse edge rusher Alton Robinson flashed in drills. He showed a good first step and violent hands at the point of attack. He won several reps with ease. The Bears have to add pass-rush help in the middle rounds, and Robinson looks like a quality prospect worth keeping an eye on.

Ohio State defensive lineman Davon Hamilton had a nice day, too. He was almost unblockable at times and practiced with a level of intensity that scouts are certain to like. While not a need in Chicago, Hamilton looks like a player whose value could trump need come draft day. 

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