NFC Notes: Bears, Lions, Packers

     

Bears

Bears QBs coach John DeFilippo said he’s eager to see which of their potential starting quarterbacks, Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles, has the “juice” to prove himself as a leader. 

Passion, energy and swagger, baby,” said DeFilippo, via Dan Weiderer of the Chicago Tribune. “That’s how we’re defined in our room.”

DeFilippo reiterated that their starting quarterback must have “passion for the game” and have a “swagger” about themselves. 

“It means we have a passion for the game. We have a ton of energy,” DeFilippo said. “We’re the same people every day. But then we walk around with a little bit of swagger to ourselves in terms of knowing we’re the best quarterback room in the National Football League.”

Upon meeting Trubisky, DeFilippo said he told the quarterback to detach from football “for a few weeks” to help recover from the 2019 season. 

“I told him he needed to get away, man,” DeFilippo said. “I said, ‘Bro, you had a rough season. Like from a mental standpoint. (From a) physical standpoint, you’ve got a shoulder you need to rehab. But you need to go clear your mind for a few weeks.’ Sometimes you have to steer young guys into that realm as well.”

Lions

First years for tight ends are typically rough, and getting drafted in the top ten didn’t stop Lions TE T.J. Hockenson from dealing with some struggles as a rookie. He ended up going on injured reserve with an ankle injury part of the way through an up-and-down 2019 season. Lions OC Darrell Bevell said he’s happy with how Hockenson has progressed through his rehab so far. 

“As far as I know right now, he’s in his running part of the protocol. He’s on land, he’s running, he’s running routes, doing that thing. You can’t say he’s 100 percent yet, but I think he’s well on the way to getting there,” Bevell said via Pro Football Talk. “He’s done a great job with his rehab, he’s always been a good worker that way. I know he’s going to get some time with Matthew [Stafford], throwing and catching. So yeah, I’m comfortable with where he’s at with the rehab part.”

Packers

  • Dan Graziano of ESPN mentions RB Aaron Jones as a potential extension candidate for the Packers. Although, Green Bay using a second-round pick on A.J. Dillon could complicate things for Jones.
  • Another notable player to watch for the Packers is LT David Bakhtiari. Graziano mentions that Bakhtiari is way underpaid relative to the market, at $11.5 million this year.
  • On the defensive side of the ball, the Packers will need to address DT Kenny Clark, who is underpaid this year at $7.69 million.
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