NFC Notes: Bears, Cardinals, Packers


  • Although Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune refers to QB Mitch Trubisky‘s performance this offseason as “inconsistent”, he does not think it’s alarming given Trubisky is learning a new scheme. Campbell writes that Trubisky’s mission through training camp will be to increase his consistency throwing accurate passes.
  • Nagy admits that it takes time to learn his system and the Bears will be patient with Trubisky’s progression: “For our offense, this thing is not going to happen overnight. They understand that. We as coaches understand that. It’s going to take time. We’re building it. You have to temper that a little bit. You can’t expect to come out and it just take off right away. That is a part of this process. But as long as you stay patient with it and don’t get frustrated, you’ll be all right.
  • Campbell points out that Bears’ veteran CB Prince Amukamara has played well in practice covering Kevin White and Josh Bellamy
  • Bears LB Sam Acho said he is focused on improving his pass rushing this season: “A lot of times in the past I would stutter or I would take too long. So I’m pretty much focused on just being single-minded and just running. Just staying on my track and reacting to whatever happens. As opposed to having this big ol’ plan, just go.


Cardinals RB David Johnson will report to training camp this week and officially end his holdout (NFLTR).

“I’m here to play football,” Johnson said, via “I trust my agency, Sportstars, and I know they’ll get it done when the time comes.”

“The Cardinals want me to play for them for a long time, and I want to be here for a long time,” Johnson said. “So definitely things are going in a positive way.”

Johnson added that he’s focused on returning to his prior form.

“That’s my biggest thing,” Johnson said. “Coming back from 2016, and being a better 2016 David Johnson. And really, proving to everyone that I’m back and good to go. I’m excited to go. I can’t wait to actually get it started on Friday. It feels good to be back.

We have him featured in our Top 25 – 2019 NFL Free Agents list.


New Packers DC Mike Pettine said he is confident about the team’s group of pass rushers following the addition of veteran DE Muhammad Wilkerson.

That’s why we feel really good about that group,” Pettine said, via Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “That was a pretty good group coming in and it was only made that much better by adding Muhammad.

  • Silverstein believes that second-year DL Montravius Adams has the “most pressure” to produce and lock down a starting role this season this summer.
  • If Adams, Wilkerson, and DE Dean Lowry are capable of providing a pass rush, Silverstein could see Pettine deploying four down linemen on base and nickel packages.
  • Regarding seventh-round DL James Looney, Silverstein says he could get some work at defensive end due to his speed and then move inside on passing downs.

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