NFC North Notes: Bears, Packers, Vikings

     

Bears

Under HC Matt Nagy who runs the Bears’ offense, Chicago tends to spread the ball around to a variety of playmakers. That appealed so much to WR/KR Cordarrelle Patterson that he left the Patriots to sign a two-year, $5 million deal with the Bears, and he’s excited for the ways Nagy will display his versatility this season. 

“If you really pay attention to football and see the things that coach Nagy did in the past — coming to the Bears was a no-brainer,” Patterson said via ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson. “I just want to come in and showcase my talent, and coach Nagy, there are a lot of different things he can do on the football field to help players like me out. He tries to get the ball to everyone on the field, not just one person. As a guy coming into a new system, that’s what you want from your head coach. You want a guy that’s going to spread the ball around and get it to everybody.”

Packers

  • Rob Demovsky reports that Packers DT Kenny Clark has hired Doug Hendrickson as his new agent. 
  • Demovsky would not be surprised to see the Packers and Clark finalize an extension prior to the start of his fifth-year option for the 2020 season. 

Vikings

Vikings’ backup QB Kyle Sloter believes he would be signed by another NFL team if he does not make Minnesota’s 53-man roster. 

“I would hope so. I feel like I’m a young guy who’s put his best foot forward in the games, and I’m hopefully just going to show that I can get better and better,” said Sloter, via Chris Tomasson

  • According to ESPN’s Courtney Cronin, Vikings RB Ameer Abdullah is firmly on the bubble. His ability as a returner helps, but his injuries, fumbles and the impressive play of Mike Boone could edge him off the team. 
  • Cronin says FB Khari Blasingame could make the roster as a hybrid fullback/tight end. 
  • Cronin does not have the Vikings keeping Sloter as a third-string quarterback but acknowledges he’s played well enough during the preseason to potentially catch on elsewhere. 
  • Vikings rookie WR Olabisi Johnson is a roster lock, per Cronin. Meanwhile, WR Laquon Treadwell won’t be on the roster Saturday. 
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