Chicago Bears: 3 practical thoughts on David Montgomery injury

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1. Bears may already have contingency plan

Let’s all take a deep breath for a minute. The injury certainly reopens the conversation regarding the Bears not addressing their running back depth this offseason. However, they might already have a backup plan.

Look, Matt Nagy talked all offseason about wide receiver and return specialist Cordarrelle Patterson taking more reps at running back. At first, it seemed more like coach speak and cute talk.

But, here we are, with Patterson grouped into the running backs drills and meeting rooms. Maybe Nagy was seriously considering this move all along. The scary question now, is, could the move be full-time?

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It would be incredibly tough to ask that of a guy who has never played the position on a full-time basis. But, when he has taken snaps from the back field, Patterson has been dynamic, electric and efficient.

We are talking about a player who has averaged 7.6 yards per carry throughout his career, and that’s not a small sample size by any means. We’re talking 103 career carries, so Patterson knows what he’s doing carrying the rock.

Between Patterson and Cohen, the Bears may be able to get by for a little while. How long? Well, that’s the next point, and it’s not all sorrow and sadness.