Chicago Bears: Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks said scoring a rushing touchdown was "super fun" having seen it several times from the other side of the ball. "I'm framing that. First time ever in my career. I've been playing defensive tackle since I was 15 years old," Hicks said of his 1-yard plunge against the Giants. "I'm not a big celebration guy. I just like to get the job done." Hicks said he will accept the label of "The Freezer" if it sticks, an homage for William "The Refrigerator" Perry. "I hope The Fridge is sitting at home and he can see me put one in the end zone, can see that and says ‘I did that and I did it better.'"
Detroit Lions: Given the first rookie quarterback on the schedule - Sam Darnold -- put up a 116.8 rating and 48 points in Week 1 for the Jets, defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni will stress to his defense there are no rookies in the NFL this time of year. The Lions draw first-round QBs in Josh Rosen (Sunday vs. Arizona) and Josh Allen (Week 15 vs. Buffalo) the next two games. Darnold completed 76 percent of his passes in the surprising Week 1 blowout. Head coach Matt Patricia said Rosen is benefiting from a polished supporting cast. "They've got a lot of good players, Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson, they just give him an opportunity to get the ball to those guys in different ways, to allow him to control it," Patricia said. "He's obviously learning and going through the process right now."
Green Bay Packers: Asking wide receiver Davante Adams how he feels about a fresh start on the heels of a coaching change brought a thoughtful, emotional response. "It's tough. That insinuates I'm in favor of him being fired. There's obviously a negative stigma lately. You mention Mike McCarthy's name in a public setting and I'm sure it carries a negative connotation. Same time, he's done amazing things for this town and obviously the football team, he's been able to contribute a lot to us as men individually. It's sad to see him gone. Like I said, I have a lot of respect for him. It's sad to see him gone. ... Hopefully things get better from here on out, and things get better for him as well."
Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings are passing the ball more than 67 percent of their offensive plays and head coach Mike Zimmer repeated Sunday his desire for offensive coordinator John DeFilippo to call more running plays. But with many insinuating there is a growing rift between the coaches, Zimmer tried Wednesday to diffuse that theory. ''I think Flip is doing a good job,'' Zimmer said. ''We talk all the time. We talk about things, what I think are important, and I think he tries to do those."
--Field Level Media
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