NFC Notes: Bears, Lions, Packers



  • The Athletic’s Kevin Fishbain notes Bears WR Allen Robinson is likely looking at a deal for around $19-$20 million per season based on what the receiver market has done this summer. 
  • With $9 million in cap space and Robinson currently counting $15 million in 2020, Fishbain says the Bears have enough space to extend Robinson and likely lower his 2020 cap hit if they choose. 
  • Robinson’s teammates have been vocal on social media expressing support for Chicago extending the receiver, including RB Tarik Cohen: “The team just wouldn’t be the same without him, so I think it’s necessary to get this deal done.” (Fishbain)


  • Per Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press, Lions QB Matthew Stafford said he’s lost zero trust in second-round RB D’Andre Swift after his game-losing drop Sunday: “No, not at all. I’m throwing it to him a hundred times out of a hundred. Trust that kid. He’ll make a play.”
  • Justin Rogers of the Detroit News notes Lions LB Jarrad Davis played in only around half of the snaps even with the ejection of LB Jamie Collins. Davis has averaged closer to 80 percent of the snaps the past two seasons
  • Davis, a team captain, also surrendered the green dot to LB Jahlani Tavai who’s now responsible for communicating and lining the defense up.
  • The former first-round pick reiterated he’s buying in to do whatever the team asks him to do: “When it’s my time to go out there, I go out there and play to my best, play to the best of my ability and do what I can to help the team. But while I’m on the sideline, I’m still locked in, I’m still dialed into the game, and I’m just trying to make sure whoever is out there, that they’re making the play, that they’re helping us out, they’re trying to put us in the best position that they can.”
  •’s Kyle Meinke thinks the Lions will probably be without WR Kenny Golladay again this week after he missed practice Thursday with his hamstring injury. 
  • That would mean another start for fifth-round WR Quintez Cephus, who was targeted ten times by Stafford Sunday but was only able to reel in three of those: “Obviously, I missed him on a couple, there’s a couple I’m sure he wishes he had back. That’s kind of how it goes when you have a young guy in there and you’re trying to get to know him and learn ’em, and he’s trying to learn the game without a preseason or any of that stuff.”


  • Packers DT Kenny Clark said he strained his groin muscle in Week 1 after his foot slid out from under him at Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium. (Tom Silverstein)
  • Although Clark said his groin injury “feels better,” he still doesn’t know the extent of the issue and will be re-examined by the Packers’ medical staff on Thursday. 
  • Packers LB Christian Kirksey said he was impressed by UDFA LB Krys Barnes performance in Week 1: “He had a hell of a game. In the 15 plays he was in, he made a lot of noise.” (Ryan Wood)
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