March 13, 2023   2 MIN READ

Race For The Bag

The Intel with Greg Cosell: Sanders, Montgomery Battle For Free Agent RB Supremacy


On the free agent market, several potential starters can be found on offense.

On the latest “Intel With Greg Cosell,” Cosell joined Adam Caplan and Geoff Mosher to evaluate free agent running backs and other offensive players.

David Montgomery

David Montgomery of the Chicago Bears joins Philadelphia’s Miles Sanders as a top running back free agent on the open market

Miles Sanders

Greg Cosell: “When Sanders came into the league, he was much more of an explosive back who looked for the big play and often bounced. He had to learn how to run in the NFL. Over the last couple of years in particular, he became a much more impactful inside runner who gained some hard yards.”

David Montgomery

Cosell: “I would describe him as a sustaining grinder. Montgomery is a tough, physical, grind-it-out back, really good contact balance, good finisher, gets finishing yards. If you’re a team that wants your foundation to be in the run game with a running back, David Montgomery would be the guy you give the ball to 17, 18, 19 times a game.”

Damien Harris

Cosell: “He’s not a small guy, he’s 220 pounds. Whenever he has played and been healthy, he’s performed well because he has a very good combination of physicality, toughness, and the ability to break one. The problem is he doesn’t stay on the field.”

Adam Thielen

Cosell: “At this point in his career, he’s a real nice complimentary receiver. He runs great routes. He’s always been a really solid, quality receiver. I would assume he’s terrific in a wide receiver room if you have a young guy. He can line up anywhere in the formation.”

Orlando Brown Jr

Cosell: “I’m not suggesting Brown had a bad year, but he’s not a great pass protector. You have to decide, if you want Orlando Brown, what kind of offense do you run? If you’re expecting him to have vertical pass sets and live on an island against quality pass rushers all game long, that’s probably not going to happen.”

– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for

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