Hope you've had a great week so far. We've reached one of the slower times in the football year, when we're still a ways off from training camps, and the draft, most free-agent signings and the general madness that accompanies both are done.
It allows us a little more leeway to take a close look at last season and the players who will be around this season. So, over the next month or so, expect to see some more analytical-minded stuff both here in the links and on the NFC North blog.
Here's your info-breakfast for today: more Bears O-line talk, extended training camp for the Vikes, positional posturing in Green Bay and continued lack of respect in Detroit.
All that and more—go ahead and dig in.
Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune catches us up on the status of Brandon Marshall's court case in New York City and the possibility of his suspension based on it. Simply put, if the police say the charges don't fit, the league will acquit.
National Football Post writer Matt Bowen has a piece in the Tribune saying Jay Cutler did the right thing speaking out about O-line concerns this past week. I agree with Bowen 100 percent—after all, if Cutler doesn't speak up, who will?
Speaking of offensive line—ESPN Chicago's Michael Wright writes that sources in the Bears organization are saying that Chris Williams will be moved back to tackle from guard. The question then becomes: Who gets moved to guard? I would imagine J'Marcus Webb, but could Gabe Carimi be behind in his rehab?
Something to watch for in camp.
Finally, B/R writer Matt Eurich talks about the three biggest positional question marks going into camp.
The Vikings have had a truncated training camp in past years because of scheduling issues with host Minnesota State University, Mankato. ESPN NFC North writer Kevin Seifert says that's a thing of the past, and the Vikes will have three full weeks of camp this year and going forward.
At 1500 ESPN, Tom Pelissero writes that adding Jerome Simpson was worth the risk, despite his suspension.
Green Bay Packers
Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel writes that in a Mike McCarthy camp, there are no shortcuts—just hard work.
As of now, Charlie Peprah has the starting safety job next to Morgan Burnett, and according to the Press-Gazette's Weston Hodkiewicz, he aims to keep it.
If you happen to be one of the folks who has read my stuff and followed me for a few years, you'll know that I love Daniel Jeremiah, former scout and draft pundit now at NFL.com (if they aren't at B/R, it seems my favorite writers are at NFL now). He's got a list of the top 10 players in the NFL under the age of 25.
Matt Stafford is the Lion on the list that's filled with some tremendous players coming up in the league.
Brian Manzullo of the Detroit Free Press reports that on Big Lead Sports' list of NFL owners, the Lions' William Clay Ford Jr is ranked 27th.
As Rodney Dangerfield (God, I'm old) would say: No respect, I tells ya.
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