Chicago Bears: 5 bold, early offensive predictions for 2021
By Ryan Heckman
2. Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery will rush for over 1,400 yards
Last year, running back David Montgomery finished the season on a mean streak. Over his last six games, Montgomery averaged over 99 yards per game. He ran so well, in fact, that he ended the year as the NFL’s fifth-leading rusher with 1,070 yards.
Entering his third season, Montgomery is looking like a sure-fire breakout candidate. With arguably the best offensive line (or what could be) he’s had since entering the league, Montgomery’s quest to top last year’s total should be a breeze.
The Bears rid themselves of the two weak links, both starting tackles Charles Leno and Bobby Massie. Ryan Pace replaced one of them with rookie Teven Jenkins, who is as nasty as they come at the tackle position. With the interior of the line looking to be locked up by Cody Whitehair, Sam Mustipher and James Daniels, the Bears’ line looks ready to roll. The only question mark is at right tackle, which will see some competition in camp.
Montgomery will have an even better line this season than he had towards the end of last year — and that particular line blocked very well for him. In 2021, Montgomery is going to rush for over 1,400 yards. Add in 10 rushing touchdowns for good measure, too.