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NFC Ratings: Justin Fields, Bears, D’Andre Swift, Lions, Jordan Love, Packers

Bear

Bear C LucasPatrick praised Justin Fieldsmobility and strength to launch so far this offseason.

“Quick. He can move pretty fast,” Patrick said, via ESPN’s Courtney Cronin. “He has a living arm. I mean, there were a few throws he made where that ball – it’s like it just keeps going faster through the air.

Patrick added that Fields is “exceeded my expectations” and soak up knowledge in OTAs.

“He absorbs everything. Whether it’s the coaches, me or stuff he tells me, it’s really good. He is really talented. I thought it was going to be really good, and it exceeds my expectations.

Bear TE Cole Kmet mentioned that Fields is “a lot on the move” and showing the ability to throw when deployed.

“I don’t want to go into too much detail, but Justin moves around a lot, and I think he does well.” Kmet said. “It was exciting to see, and you see the types of throws he can do with his legs and running and off schedule.”

Bear HC Matt Eberflus said Fields shows a strong connection to OC Luc Getsy and the whole offence.

“No question,” Eberflus said. “You can feel a connection throughout the room. I believe it is a work in progress, as are the rest of the rooms, but we are pleasantly surprised to know where it is currently.

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the Lions

RB Lions Coach Duce Staley says that RB By Andre Swift must be able to play through injuries next season.

“Injuries happen, but one of the things that Swift and I had a conversation about is you have to be able to play through some of those injuries as a running back,” said Staley. “We all know there’s a difference between being hurt and injured. As soon as you step into this building as a running back, day one training camp, you won’t feel the same. There will be some things you have to fight.

Staley added that he is “equally excited” about Detroit’s offensive line for next season alongside Swift.

“Not lightly D’André, but it starts up front with those linemen,” said Staley. “I’m just as excited to see these five healthy O linemen as I am to see him on the field. But there’s no doubt he makes us better, he’s a dynamic playmaker with the ball in his hands and we’re going to use him as such.

Staley said Swift meets the requirements of being an NFL running back well.

“Super positive and he knows (we need him there), which is good,” said Staley. “By playing running back, you’re going to take your fair share of hits. You just have to make sure to protect yourself when it’s time to protect yourself and then there will be time to show it all.

Packers

RB packers AJ Dillon think backup QB Jordan love is nervous about being a rookie and believes his performance in his only start last season against the Chiefs was related to his lack of playing time.

“I don’t know if I lose it; I just think it was more [that it was] his very first game, said Dillon, via ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. “I was s-ting bricks when I first got there. I’ve been s-ting bricks all season my rookie year. It’s part of the game. That’s why I’m happy for him. Get those bad throws now and will build confidence. Find out how to bounce back.

Packers WR Veteran Randall Cobb believe that love “confidence is there” and is confident that OTAs will be beneficial for quarterback development.

“I think the confidence is there,” Cobb said. “You just have to watch him process things a little quicker than before. I always thought he was throwing a great ball, but it’s about doing it with defense in front of you and putting it in windows. We need OTA for these looks so he feels more comfortable against defenses and not just as a scout team quarterback but having an O line in front of him and running backs and receivers with him.

WR packers Malik Taylor also mentioned that Love’s body language is different this offseason.

“You can just tell in his body language,” Taylor said. “He just looks really relaxed. I noticed that from day one of this off-season program and just talking to him, it seems like he has a different mindset going into this season.

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