NFC Notes: Bears, Lions, Vikings


Former Bears QB Jay Cutler believes rookie QB Justin Fields shouldn’t start this year,

“I wouldn’t play the kid to start,” Cutler said, via Pro Football Talk. “I would let him watch. I think it’s just a tough spot to put someone out there, especially in Chicago. I think Andy is more than serviceable. I think they can win games with Andy and kind of float the ship along until the kid is ready.”


Lions’ TE T.J. Hockenson still has plenty of room left for growth, according to TEs coach Ben Johnson.

“I think it’s been a fairly consistent message all offseason from Coach (Dan) Campbell to A-Lynn (offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn) that there’s plenty meat still on that bone for him,” Johnson said, via “And I think he’s embraced that. He agrees with that, and we’re really looking forward to getting more out of him now.”

Hockenson says he is preparing to be the best player in the NFL and knows that he has more to prove ahead.

“I’m preparing myself to be the best player that I can be, and I know my ceiling is high,” Hockenson said. “I know I can do what other people in this league do, and just being able to prepare myself for that. And maybe it doesn’t happen and maybe it does, but I’m just preparing to be the best that I can be, the best that Detroit wants me to be — and trust me, there’s not more of a critic about myself than myself. That’s what I’m excited about this year is just being able to work with these new guys, work with these new draft picks, work with Goff and be able to become that, and know that I can do that. That’s something I’m excited about and something I think we’re working toward.”


  • A team source tells Josina Anderson that Vikings DE Danielle Hunter‘s contract didn’t look at as at the time he signed it: “It was a great deal when he signed it. A 3rd-round pick that had only gone to one Pro Bowl.. All I’ll ask is.. if u were coming off your 1st year as a starter would you have turned (5/$72M) down?”

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