NFC Notes, Bears, Giants, Packers


Bears OL Cody Whitehair said he is “most comfortable” playing at center, even though he saw some time at left guard last season.

That’s where I feel the most comfortable,” Whitehair said, via Sports Illustrated. “Obviously I’m a team guy and I’ll do whatever they ask me to do. If it happens to be where they need me to play a different position, whether that be July 28 when we come in the building or, you know, whenever that may be, you know I’m always down for it.”

Whitehair reiterated that he is comfortable playing center and is excited to return to his natural position. 

“But you know just being comfortable at that position and being played there for as long as I have in the NFL it’s really exciting to be able to be there to start the season again.”

As for adjusting to new Bears OL coach Juan Castillo, Whitehair said the coach has done well describing the offense and making sure their players understand the system. 

It was great. Juan did a great job as far as detailing things and making sure that we understand what he wants out of us, you know. So we felt it went really smooth,” said Whitehair. 

Whitehair added that the Bears’ offense would like to depend on their running game in “obvious situations.” 

“You want your offense to be able to count on that run and especially in obvious situations,” Whitehair said. “You know, that’s where an offensive lineman has really got to be, you know, at his best whether that be obvious pass or obvious run.”


  • SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano reports the Giants and DL Leonard Williams have never been close on contract talks, which is why Williams will play out the season on the $16.1 million franchise tag. 
  • Vacchiano says the Giants haven’t given up on signing Williams to a long-term deal but will look to pick up negotiations again after the 2020 season. 


  • Given the circumstances surrounding the pandemic, the Athletic’s Matt Schneidman expects the Packers to keep both QBs Tim Boyle and first-round rookie Jordan Love behind starting QB Aaron Rodgers
  • As many as seven receivers could make the final roster, per Schneidman, with Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Jake Kumerow, Equanimeous St. Brown and Reggie Begelton fighting for the final three spots if that number is just six. 
  • Schneidman thinks Packers DL Montravius Adams could easily end up on the wrong side of the roster bubble after disappointing last season. He has DL Treyvon Hester beating him out in his projections. 
  • Schneidman also projects Packers LB Curtis Bolton on the outside looking in at the final roster for inside linebacker, though it’s tight between him, Oren Burks and fifth-round rookie Kamal Martin
  • At cornerback, Schneidman writes the Packers’ decision not to re-sign CB Tramon Williams paves the way for CB Chandon Sullivan to start at nickel. 
  • Schneidman thinks Packers UDFA CB Stanford Samuels could push for a roster spot, while former second-round CB Josh Jackson might be on his last chance with Green Bay.
  • Schneidman notes Packers second-year P JK Scott needs to be more consistent in 2020 to secure his spot with the team long term. 

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