NFC Notes: Bears, Buccaneers, Packers

     

Bears

Bears WR Allen Robinson is entering the final year of his contract in 2020 and is a clear candidate for an extension after thriving in Chicago last season despite inconsistent quarterback play. However, whether or not the two sides will get something done is still up in the air, especially with the expected impact of the pandemic on future salary cap numbers. 

“If something gets done, something gets done,” Robinson said via SI.com’s Gene Chamberlain. “But at the end of the day that’s left up to the Bears and my agent. But for me personally, to be quite honest, I don’t really concern myself with that too much. I’m just looking forward to this 2020 season. I’m definitely excited for it. I’m definitely ready to get going. Whatever happens, happens.”

Of course, the biggest story surrounding the Bears heading into the 2020 season is the competition at quarterback between incumbent Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles. Robinson caught most of his 98 receptions for 1,147 yards and seven touchdowns from Trubisky and has been working out with him this offseason but says he’s confident in either passer. 

“To be quite honest, I think that I feel confident regardless,” Robinson said. “I think it’s on the staff on what they want to see. Because it doesn’t really come down to me, as Allen Robinson. You know, it’s a person who has to lead a whole group of men. That has to lead the offense, has to lead the team. I’m just a piece to the puzzle. For me, it’s going to be a fun training camp. I’m really looking forward to training camp.”

Buccaneers

Buccaneers HC Bruce Arians said he’s hoping to have some additional time to work with his players in training camp. 

“Walkthroughs and practices are really how our guys learn today,” Arians said, via Greg Auman of TheAthletic.com. “There’s only so much attention span on a computer. That’s one thing I’ve learned in the last 15 years of teaching: Attention span isn’t the same as it used to be. Walking through and practicing is the best way to teach. Those are valuable minutes and reps missed. I don’t know how we’ll make them up. Hopefully, we get some extra time in practice in camp. A few extra days would help.

Arians also brought up the possibility of a “quarterbacks school” or “rookie school” that would start on July 15.

Packers 

Packers HC Matt LaFleur stressed the importance of producing more “explosive” plays this season.

“If you look back at last season, I know that one area that we really need to improve upon is creating more explosive plays,” LaFleur said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “It does start with the playcalling, maybe taking a few more chances to try to help generate those plays down the field. Typically, if you’re getting explosives, you’ve got a much better chance at scoring points.”

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