CHICAGO (CBS) — Bears running back David Montgomery has been among the Bears players who have been practicing together with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky at local Chicago-area parks.

The third-round draft pick came into last season with high hopes, but had an up and down season. But former Bears head coach Dave Wannstedt tells Luke Stuckmeyer that he’s a big believer in Montgomery.

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“I love David Montgomery. I think the only problem last year was they didn’t give him the ball enough, you know? I mean, good running backs – and I’ve been real fortunate… I’ve had some good backs. I know running backs. And this kid, he needs to touch the ball 20 times a game if you want to get the maximum out of his ability,” Wannstedt said.

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Wannstedt also weighed in on the quarterback competition between Trubisky and Nick Foles.

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“I believe it is (a good thing) for the Bears. You’ve got Nick Foles coming in with a great reputation – obviously, Super Bowl MVP, everything that goes along with that. So I think that can be good. I think it’s going to light a little bit of a fire under Mitch if that’s necessary,” Wannstedt said. “I personally have been a Mitch supporter. I’ve been kind of out there myself. Even a year ago, I thought that Mitch has enough ability, and with that defense, and if you’re going to run the ball, you can win with Mitch Trubisky.”