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NFC North Notes: Bears, Lions, Packers

Bears

Bears TE Trey Burton says one of the main reasons he signed with Chicago this offseason was new HC Matt Nagy.

“Matt Nagy was one of the top reasons why I signed in Chicago and a young QB in Mitchell Trubisky that could play at a high level,” Burton said in an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio. “Also, the offense is completely the same as what we were doing in Philadelphia and a lot of similar terminology.”

Lions

  • Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press writes that the Lions best chance of having a bona fide rushing attack is by giving second-round pick Kerryon Johnson the bulk of the playing time this season.
  • With this in mind, Birkett expects Johnson to lead the Lions in rushing attempts and yards as a rookie with LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick being worked into the mix.
  • Birkett points out that Johnson’s injury history could lead to the Lions limiting his workload at the start of the season.

Packers

The Packers somewhat surprisingly moved on from long-time WR Jordy Nelson, which leaves Geronimo Allison as the team’s de facto No. 3 receiver entering training camp.

Green Bay brought in some competition at receiver by drafting J’Mon Moore, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown. Allison considers the opportunity to secure the No. 3 receiver position to be a “big blessing and opportunity.”

“It’s a big blessing and opportunity right there in front of me (and) I’ve got to take advantage,” Allison said, via Packers.com. “At the time, there’s nothing that’s going to be given – it’s got to be earned. They brought these (rookies) in to help us, and at the same time, it’s my job to get these guys up to speed.”

Allison added that he has a good relationship with Aaron Rodgers, which should help him in the competition this summer.

“I know how he trusts me,” Allison said. “I know how he wants me to continue to work, continue to be where I’m supposed to be when I’m supposed to be there, and continue to just be ‘G’ and continue to make plays. That’s our relationship.”

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