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As Bears head coach Matt Nagy sat in front of the media on Saturday discussing the addition of David Montgomery, he was absolutely glowing in his praise of the Iowa State running back.

“He’s the whole package,” Nagy said. “He has the hands. He’s a three-down back. He’s everything we were looking for.”

Nagy praised Montgomery’s ability to make defenders miss inside the tackle box, extend runs, as well as his sheer power and vision.

When Nagy took over as head coach last season, he had a clear vision of what he wanted his offense to be. The one thing he didn’t have was his Kareem Hunt, the three-down running back with pass-catching ability.

After trading Jordan Howard this offseason and adding Montgomery, Nagy got his Kareem Hunt.

Nagy said he definitely sees similarities between Montgomery and Hunt from size to physicality to the coaching they’ve received.

“You look at them and the size of them, you see how they run between the tackles,” Nagy said. “They’re physical. They run angry, both of them. “

One of the things that Nagy values above everything is character, and it’s another reason why Nagy couldn’t help but sing Montgomery’s praises.

“We always talk about high character guys, high IQ football players,” Nagy said, “and he’s at the top of that list.”

He cited his meeting with Montgomery at the Scouting Combine and came away impressed by his passion. Montgomery was very open with Nagy about his struggles and the adversity he’s had to overcome. That personal connection was very important to Nagy, and he came away believing that Montgomery was as special as a person as he is a player.

“He’s about as real a person as there is, real authentic, very passionate,” Nagy said.

As for what the addition of Montgomery means for the Bears’ running back situation, Nagy feels strongly about the group as a whole. Montgomery joins Tarik Cohen and Mike Davis in the Bears’ dynamic backfield. Nagy noted that Davis was especially excited about Montgomery and couldn’t wait to start working with him.

“They’re all a little bit different, and I like that,” Nagy said of his running backs. “It gives you options and they’re all weapons.”

The more weapons, the merrier. No wonder Nagy is absolutely glowing.

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