Bear HC Matt Eberflus praised RB David Montgomery and think it will integrate well with their system.
“Talking about engine and saying, yeah, that’s that guy,” Eberflus said, via ESPN’s Courtney Cronin. “Serious, a pro, a hard worker – he’s going to be exciting to work with and he’s going to fit in perfectly. He’s the kind of guy who just goes, ‘Hey, watch me go. I’m not going to say a whole lot of things, but watch me do my job.
Bears RB Coach David Walker said he loved Montgomery’s skills and pushed him to achieve higher standards.
“What I like about David is that he doesn’t feel like he’s arrived yet” says Walker. “Some of the guys who have been in the league for a while think they’ve arrived. He’s trying to learn from his perspective. I think I’m [the third coach] in four seasons for him, so he really had to learn something different and new every off-season. He does a good job with that. But I really like her makeup in terms of wanting to get better, pushing herself to get better. He has high standards and we will do everything we can to achieve those standards every day. »
Eberflus thinks Montgomery can handle the entire passing tree and can beat individual coverage.
“We will insist on those [running backs] and expand their role, meaning it can run the full range of the passing tree? Which, you know, looks like he can,” said Eberflus. “Can he beat guys one-on-one consistently? Is it a safety or a linebacker covering him? That’s a positive… if he can beat all of these guys – the DBs and the linebackers – and we think he has the skills to do it.
Packers second-year WR Amari Rodgers said he focused on developing Green Bay’s offensive system and learning from different players in order to improve.
“Every time you’re at that new level, you have to start over,” said Rodgers, via Wes Hodkiewicz of the team’s official website. “I knew I had to learn, and I had to get up to beat the offense and just be in the NFL. When I realized I probably wasn’t going to get as many shots as I wanted, I just started learning from different people, taking different things, so when the offseason came around I could come back now and be ready.
Packers WR Coach Jason Vable says Rodgers appears “faster and stronger” this off-season and shows an improvement in the course.
“If you were to see him right now, he already looks faster and stronger than he ever has,” Vrable said. “He is in the best shape of his life. His mindset is, “I’m going to be number one in all three positions.” He has that going for him. His journey is already cleaner and sharper.
Rodgers is feeling more confident heading into his second year in the league.
“If you are wrong, you will lose confidence, naturally”, Rogers said. “I just feel like I’m a rookie, understand everything and everything that comes with the Packers, I feel like I’m letting that get to me. Now I feel like to have a year in the system, a year in the league. I know what it takes. I know what it takes to go out and be successful.
WR Vikings Coach Keenan McCardell said he appreciates his players fighting for him and convincing the team’s new regime to keep him on board.
“It meant a lot to me,McCardell said via Vikings Wire. “I called them all and said, ‘You didn’t have to do that.’ I think my resume would have spoken for itself, and if it didn’t, it was just part of the process because you know that in this coaching business you have to do your job, and then hopefully- the, other people will see it and see how hard you work. But I appreciate all those guys who fight for me. It shows you what type of room we have. We take care of each other. We take care of each other. We make sure it’s a family in there.”
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