NFC Notes: Bears, Lions, Packers


Bears HC Matt Nagy said rookie QB Justin Fields is eager to learn and is “doing things in a really go way” this offseason. 

“Everything that we thought he was going to be when he got here with learning and being obsessed with everything that we teach him and then being able to be himself out on the field — he’s really doing things in a really good way,” Nagy said, via Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.

Nagy mentioned that Fields has done well to “digest everything we are teaching” and keep a level-head in practice. 

“He’s done a really good job at just trying to digest everything we are teaching in this offense in particular right now,” Nagy said. “He’s extremely, extremely calm, which I love. So when something bad happens, and the next play, it doesn’t matter to him because he’s so calm and he has confidence in himself. When something good happens, he reacts the same. And that part, that’s a good trait to have, because you can never get too high, you can never get too low. That’s why he’s had the success he’s had.”

Bears RB David Montgomery added that Fields is “progressing well” and is learning from Andy Dalton. 

“He’s great, and he’s progressing well. It’s good to see him, being as young as he is, being able to take the reins. Looking at Andy, following behind Andy, Andy being able to show him the ropes. He looks great out there.”


New Lions’ DL Michael Brockers thinks the team has plenty of talent and believes that opposing quarterbacks will certainly be in trouble on Sundays this season.

“One thing I can see is we have a lot of talent — a lot of young talent, but a lot of talent,” Brockers said, via Tim Twentyman of “When we get after it, there’s a lot of effort that’s going to be out there and a lot of guys flying around. The biggest thing is about our rotation and being fresh on Sundays.”


Packers LT David Bakhtiari returned to practice at OTAs this week but he only did rehab work as he continues to recover from a torn ACL this past New Year’s Eve. Still, it’s a promising step toward Bakhtiari’s potential availability in Week 1 if it shows he’s ahead of schedule, as the injury typically takes nine months to heal and Green Bay’s opener against the Saints will be eight and a half months from that.  

“Anytime you have a veteran like that out there at practice, I think it just kind of lifts everybody up,” Packers HC Matt LaFleur said via the Athletic’s Matt Schneidman. “He’s really working hard. I think he came back and he’s in excellent shape. We’re just gonna take it one day at a time and I think he’s a little bit ahead of schedule. Then again, there’s a long way until the start of the season and we’ll see where he’s at when it comes to that time.”

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