NFC North Notes: Bears, Lions, Packers, Vikings



Bears QB Mitch Trubisky says that former first-round WR Kevin White is “really hungry” and working with “a lot of passion” this offseason.

“He wants to be coached,” Trubisky said, via the Chicago Tribune. “He wants me to communicate with him every play — what I see, what he sees. And we’re talking on the field and off the field (about) what he can do to get better.”

With the Bears installing a new offensive scheme, Trubisky explains that everyone is starting from the same point, which can only help someone like White, who’s looking to turn around his career.

“Reps are the key to everything,” Trubisky said. “With this new offense, we all started from the same point and are moving on. … The more reps he can get, the better. It’s definitely nice to see and we have to keep improving that chemistry.”

The Bears officially declined White’s fifth-year option last month (NFLTR).


  • Lions CB Jamal Agnew left Thursday’s practice with what appeared to be a minor hamstring injury. (Dave Birkett)
  • A report has confirmed that Lions seventh-round FB Nick Bawden has, in fact, suffered a torn ACL and will miss the entire 2018 season. (NFLTR)


  • Jason Wilde reports that Packers S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix‘s absence from voluntary workouts is not contract related and he will be in attendance for the start of mandatory minicamp.


Vikings UDFA DE Hercules Mata’afa‘s agent, Kenny Zuckerman, confirmed that his client suffered a torn ACL injury but is expected to return quicker than more players who sustain the same injury.

It’s a bad injury, but it’s the best of the worse I mean, it’s still an ACL tear, but he’ll come back sooner than 90 percent of most ACLs,’’ said Zuckerman, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press.

Zuckerman added that he believes his Mata’afa was on his way towards making the Vikings’ active roster and that he has been a “pleasant surprise” during practice.

I think he was on his way to being on the roster. Everybody I talked to (on the Vikings) said he’s just been a real pleasant surprise. I think they were shocked by his quickness and short-area burst,’’ said Zuckerman, via Tomasson.

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