David Montgomery plays special teams for the first time

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

The back of the team seizes the opportunity.

“The funny thing about David: The other day he was taking some special teams rehearsals and his rehearsals were over and he said, ‘Hey, can I get on the scout team since my rehearsals are over? Can I get on the scout team and check out these guys?” Special Teams Coordinator Richard Hightower told TheAthletic.com. “It just speaks to ( GM) Ryan Poles and (coach) Matt Eberflus about the culture these guys are creating.”

The more a player can do, the more opportunities he has and potentially the bigger the salary. Montgomery is entering the final year of his rookie contract, so this is an important season for him.

“Wherever they need me, I’ll be ready to be there,” Montgomery said. “I’ve never played against special teams before. But I’m still depressed and excited to learn so I can be better.

Montgomery and Khalil Herbert should have plenty of runs this season in a heavyweight offense that will use fullback Khari Blasingame.

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

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