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WATCH: David Montgomery scores first touchdown of Bears preseason

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WATCH: David Montgomery scores first touchdown of Bears preseason

David Montgomery’s debut went about as well as the Bears could have hoped.

The rookie third-round pick got the bulk of the workload early in the first preseason game against the Carolina Panthers, and he showed off all of the traits that had him so well regarded coming out of college.

Early in the second quarter, the Bears rattled off a six-play, 49-yard drive that was capped off with Montgomery’s first touchdown in the NFL.

On that drive, the first-year running back carried the ball three times, with one play called back by penalty, and he caught two passes for 29 yards before the seven-yard touchdown run.

It was just the first half of a preseason game, but Montgomery showed the contact balance and explosiveness the Bears loved, along with receiving ability and even pass-blocking prowess.

He looked the part as an every-down running back, and he’s making it easy for Bears fans to forget about Jordan Howard.

Matt Nagy still might bring Montgomery along slowly with the veterans Tarik Cohen and Mike Davis ahead of him on the depth chart, but if the rookie keeps making plays like this, he’ll take over as the top back sooner rather than later.

NFL teams continue to be seriously concerned about tech safety for virtual draft

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NFL teams continue to be seriously concerned about tech safety for virtual draft

The NFL Draft is going "fully virtual" this year, which means the Bears won't get to witness the firepower of their fully armed and operational battle station. 

And because ultimately the NFL is a league run by Dads, concerns about technology use are HIGH:

The article goes on to quote several people within the organization, including head coach John Harbaugh/your dad:

"It's a big concern," Harbaugh said during the Ravens' pre-draft news conference. "Hopefully we'll be OK. I really wouldn't want the opposing coaches to have our playbook or our draft meetings. That would be preferable, if we can stay away from that."

Everything is awful right now, but the idea of John Harbaugh going Full Dad (never go Full Dad) with his newest draft picks is undeniably less awful than most things. Kenneth Murray's going to have to confirm that it's really him three different ways. Jonathan Taylor's going to get 3 digits into sending his phone number to the team before Harbaugh sends an All-Caps email forcing him to stop. Michael Pittman Jr.'s explanation of Tik Tok will be pointless. 

NFL front offices have spent decades trying to outsmart and outposition each other, and that's all going to be worthless because they have to log on to the internet on their own. It's going to be great. 

Check out these crazy 2020 NFL draft prop bets

Check out these crazy 2020 NFL draft prop bets

The NFL confirmed on Monday that the 2020 NFL Draft will be a completely virtual experience with general managers, scouts and other key personnel conducting the three-day event from their homes. It'll be a big adjustment for a process that inherently relies on group decision-making in a face-to-face environment.

It'll be a new viewing experience for draft fans, too, who've become accustomed to top prospects strutting across the main stage donning their new teams' hats and bro-hugging Roger Goodell. The emotion of the moment will be diminished, but it doesn't mean it won't be fun for viewers who want to up the ante for what amounts to the biggest fantasy football draft in the country.

The virtual NFL draft has spawned a new collection of prop bets in Las Vegas, and they're absolutely epic. Check it out:

Who will No. 1 overall pick hug first?

Mom 5/4
Dad 5/2
Girlfriend 3/1
Friend 7/1
Sibling 7/1

Highest number of people in the same room

Over/Under 9½

Total dogs showed during the first round

Over/Under 3½

Total cats showed during the first round

Over/Under ½

Will any draftee experience local technical difficulties?

Yes -300 (1/3)
No +200 (2/1)

Will any first-round draftee put on the wrong team hat?

Yes +300 (3/1)
No -500 (1/5)

Will any draftee be shown drinking beer?

Yes +700 (7/1)
No -2000 (1/20)

Will any draftee pop champagne?

Yes +600 (6/1)
No -1700 (1/17)

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