David Montgomery playing special teams for the first time

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Bears running back David Montgomery has played a total of four snaps on special teams in his career. He could play more this season.

The team’s lead runner is seizing the opportunity.

“Funny thing about David: The other day, he was taking a couple of reps on special teams and his reps were over and he said, ‘Hey, can I get on the scout team since my reps are over? Can I join the scouting team and take a look at these guys?’” special teams coordinator Richard Hightower said via TheAthletic.com. “That just speaks to (GM) Ryan Poles and (coach) Matt Eberflus about the culture that these guys are creating.”

The more a player can do, the more opportunities they have and potentially the bigger their paycheck. Montgomery is entering the final year of his rookie deal, so it’s an important season for him.

“Wherever I’m needed, I’ll be ready to be there,” Montgomery said. “I had never played on special teams before. But I’m always down and excited to learn so I can be better.”

Montgomery and Khalil Herbert should get a lot of carries this season in a run-heavy offense that will use fullback Khari Blasingame.

Montgomery totaled at least 267 touches, 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns in each of his first three seasons.

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