NFC Notes: Bears, Packers, Vikings

     

Bears

  • Jeff Dickerson of ESPN writes that while Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles are the obvious quarterbacks, don’t be surprised if the Bears keep Tyler Bray as well.
  • With Ted Ginn joining the team, receivers Darnell Mooney, Javon Wims, and Riley Ridley will battle for the final two spots. Dickerson adds that Mooney has a great chance to make the team since the Bears do not like cutting recent draft picks.
  • Dickerson says that it is hard to see TE Adam Shaheen remaining on the roster after three poor seasons in Chicago.
  • Rookie LB Ledarius Mack, the younger brother of Khalil Mack, signed with the Bears as an undrafted free agent out of Buffalo and Dickerson believes he could push for the last roster spot at outside linebacker.
  • Dickerson expects rookie Kindle Vildor and former CFL player Tre Roberson to fight for the last two cornerbacks and thinks that Vildor could end up being the Bears’ primary slot backup behind Buster Skrine.
  • A good performer on special teams, S Deandre Houston-Carson could be the odd man out among the safeties group.
  • The Bears are also hoping that their kicking troubles are behind them as K Eddy Pineiro is likely to be the starter again in 2020.

Packers

  • ESPN’s Rob Demovsky says the relationship between Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and first-round rookie Jordan Love will be one of the bigger stories to start camp, but notes Rodgers wants to make sure Love has a better experience than he did being drafted behind Brett Favre
  • Finding another reliable weapon outside of WR Davante Adams will also be one of the Packers’ top priorities, per Demovsky. 
  • Demovsky adds there’s a number of Packers players who could be potential extension candidates during camp, including DT Kenny Clark, RB Aaron Jones, LT David Bakhtiari, CB Kevin King and C Corey Linsley.
  • Green Bay made only one notable change on defense this offseason, signing LB Christian Kirksey to replace Blake Martinez, so Demovsky writes it will be interesting to see if their run defense improves. 

Vikings

  • Jim Krawczynski reports that the Vikings ownership group, the Wilfs family, is “very much” interested in purchasing the Minnesota Timberwolves NBA franchise, but are “not currently engaged” in any negotiations. 
  • According to Krawczynski, the Timberwolves consulting firm, the Raine Group, approached the Wilfs to inquire about their interest in purchasing the team “a few months ago.”
  • However, Krawxzynski reiterates that there are “no active talks” after their initial discussions earlier this year.
  • Andrew Krammer also reports that Timberwolves’ owner Glen Taylor reached out to the Wilfs but aren’t in any sale discussions.
  • Krammer, citing a source, adds that the Wilfs family “certainly support” keeping the Timberwolves organization in Minnesota.
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