NFC Notes: Bears, Lions, Packers


Bears RB David Montgomery believes he has more room to grow, and he just has to stay focused through both the good and bad.

“What I’ve learned in the NFL being here for the two years that I’ve been here is you have a lot of ups and a lot of downs during the whole entire season,” Montgomery said, via Bears Wire. “You either stick in for the long run or you run the opposite way, and I’ve never been one for running the other way.”

“The biggest thing for me that clicked I think was just the mentality for everybody. We all trusted in each other. We believed that it was going to shake and something was going to work and when the time came it did so we just kind of ran with it.”

Montgomery specifically said both he and the team have a ton of upside left untapped.

“As far as the team and the expectations I have for it—for me and for ourselves—the ceiling is as high as it could ever be because it’s untapped,” Montgomery said. “What I envision for this team, what we can be, that a lot of people don’t see for us right now, is a lot of success.”

  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer writes the current plan is for Bears first-round QB Justin Fields to take second-team reps during training camp with QB Andy Dalton working as the starter. 


One of the standouts of OTAs for the Lions so far has been RB D’Andre Swift, who has been a hard cover in the passing game. He’s had multiple highlight-worthy plays and OC Anthony Lynn was clear that using Swift as a mismatch weapon will be a big part of their offense this season. 

“He has natural hands,” Lynn said via Tim Twentyman of the team website. “He’s learning coverage and how to read coverages and sit in zones and run through lanes and things like that. He’s doing good. We can use him in a plethora of ways, in my opinion. I like his skillset so far.”


Packers’ President and CEO Mark Murphy answered a question about QB Jordan Love during his monthly column on the team website.

“It was a shame for Jordan that the pandemic impacted so much of his rookie year,” Murphy said on “Although it wasn’t a completely wasted year, he had no in-person practices in the offseason program and no preseason game experience. Although it is hard to tell a lot in the offseason practices, both Matt LaFleur and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett have said they like what they’ve seen from Jordan this offseason. Hackett said that the biggest difference this year is his confidence in the system and that his decision-making, timing, and accuracy have all improved. It’s obviously helped him to get reps with the first-team offense this offseason. The preseason games this year will be crucial in his development.”

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