NFC Notes: Bears, Lions, Packers


  • Bears QB Mitch Trubisky told reporters on Friday that he was “kinda pissed off in a good way” about the acquisition of Nick Foles: “I think I was kinda pissed off in a good way. I’ve been motivated ever since. I’ve been motivated since last season. … I’m excited for this year. I think it’ll be a good competition.” (Kevin Fishbain)
  • As for the Bears declining his fifth-year option, Trubisky said he wasn’t surprised: “The way I played last year didn’t merit me getting that option. (Kevin Fishbain)
  • Trubisky said of the QB competition with Foles. “At the end of the day it comes down to on-field performance…I know it’ll be a good, healthy competition…it’ll make our team better.” Trubisky added that he feels like he’s in a good mental space right now and is “driven” and “locked-in.” (Stacey Dales)
  • Trubisky added that his relationship with Foles has been positive and healthy: “I want to win this competition. I want to be the guy out on the field leading this team.” (Stacey Dales)


A few years ago, the Lions agreed to sign veteran DE Robert Ayers to a contract. However, he was released a day later. 

Ayers explains that he didn’t agree with HC Matt Patricia, which led to the two parties backing out of their agreement. 

“Let’s just say me and the head coach didn’t agree,” Ayers said in an interview with the Knoxville News Sentinel, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “There were some things he wanted me to do that I didn’t feel comfortable with. We just weren’t on the same page and it didn’t work out. He’s a tremendous coach, a brilliant mind, there’s a lot of things that was great about the Detroit Lions organization, but it was just something that we didn’t agree on. . . .

“We can leave it at that. I’m not going to get into specifics on what we didn’t agree on.”


  • The Athletic’s Matt Schneidman writes the Packers appear to have three receiving spots up for grabs between Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St. Brown, Jake Kumerow, Reggie Begelton and others. 
  • Schneidman adds the Packers have a competition for the starting right tackle spot between free-agent addition Rick Wagner and OT Alex Light.
  • Green Bay could also move G Billy Turner to right tackle and bump Lane Taylor into the starting right guard slot. 2019 UDFA OT Yosh Nijman is also a candidate if he’s developed from his year on the practice squad. 
  • Schneidman notes it will be interesting to see how the Packers split up the snaps behind RB Aaron Jones between RBs Jamaal Williams and second-round rookie A.J. Dillon.
  • He lists Valdes-Scantling, LB Oren Burks, CB Josh Jackson and DL Montravius Adams as players who could be on the bubble with poor training camps. 

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