David Montgomery is Bears’ first 1,000-yard rusher since 2017

He has more than half his yards for the season in the last five games.

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Montgomery had 95 yards and a touchdown in the win at Jacksonville.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Bears running backDavid Montgomery, who rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries against the Jaguars, has had three of the top six games of his career this month.

That put him at 1,001 yards for the season, making him the Bears’ first 1,000-yard rusher since Jordan Howard in 2017.

“The guys up front are doing a hell of a job,” Montgomery said of the Bears’ reshuffled offensive line. “They’ve been doing a hell of a job for a long time now, and I appreciate those guys. Me being able to get in a rhythm is not up to me. It’s up to those guys up front, and they always do that for me.”

In his first nine games, Montgomery totaled 472 yards with a 3.6 average per carry. In his last five, he has 529 yards at 5.6 per carry.

The Bears drafted Montgomery in the third round last season hoping he would be an upgrade over Howard. He had 889 yards rushing as a rookie.

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