NFC North Notes: Bears, Lions, Packers, Vikings


  • Jeremy Fowler reports that there’s a “strong sense” at the Combine that the Bears will be adding established veteran quarterback to push Mitch Trubisky.
  • Fowler says Chicago will likely target a quarterback with “pedigree and extensive starter’s experience.”
  • Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller says both internal scouts and external pro evaluators have mentioned offensive tackle, cornerback and tight end as pressing needs for the Bears. 
  • The Athletic’s Adam Jahns writes the Bears are expected to be active on the guard market in free agency this offseason to replace Kyle Long.


Since a report came out the Lions were in talks to trade QB Matthew Stafford, the team has been vociferous in its denials. Lions HC Matt Patricia continued the team’s public support of the veteran quarterback, who’s missed large chunks of the past two seasons with different back injuries, at the NFL Scouting Combine this week, scoffing at the notion that trading Stafford is on the table. 

“It’s comical. Not interested in doing any of that, there’s no conversation about that whatsoever,” Patricia said in an interview with Peter Schrager of Good Morning Football. “…It’s just one of those things I kind of laugh at cause it’s not even a conversation…He’s one of the reasons I came to Detroit…An opportunity to work with a guy like Matthew Stafford, for me, I mean there’s no question.”

Lions GM Bob Quinn says they expect “big things” from former first-round TE T.J. Hockenson in 2020. 

“I think we have a really good tight end that had a really strong rookie season,” Quinn said, via the Detroit Free Press. “Ended with an injury, but he’s fighting back so we’re extremely happy to have him on our team and expect big things going forward.”

Meanwhile, Patricia admitted that year two is going to be “a bigger challenge” for Hockenson. 

“He works hard, he plays hard,” Patricia said. “Obviously plays aggressive. All the things you love about him is what you see every day. It’ll be a bigger challenge coming up this year and certainly he’s got his work cut out for him from that aspect of it, so we’ll do everything we can to try to address it from there.”



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