One day closer to the weekend and one day closer to the end of minicamps for the Lions, Packers and Bears (OH MY).
With the Vikings a week behind, it makes me wonder why they delay their OTAs—and subsequently their minicamp—behind most of the rest of the league. There must be some benefit to it, though it might just be a quirk of scheduling.
While we ponder that, we also look at a linebacker coming into his own, some charity news, more minicamp news as well as more suspension aftermath and some changing of responsibilities.
All that and more in today's Breakfast Links!
Brian Murphy writes that Erin Henderson is poised to emerge from the long shadow of his brother, former Vikings linebacker EJ Henderson.
It's always nice to have some positive news off the field—Brian Hall of FOX Sports reports on how second-year quarterback Christian Ponder approaches his role as face of the franchise for charity work.
Tom Pelissero has a few notes from OTAs (wrapping up today), including Geoff Schwartz's quest for a starting job at right guard after losing a season due to hip surgery, as well as an award for Christian Ponder.
Jeff Dickerson and Micheal Wright have some more observations from minicamp.
With so many Bears players and staff talking about Michael Bush or questioning Matt Forte's stance, Rick Morrissey points out that all that talk might have a negative impact on the hold-out running back.
By now we all know Mikel Leshoure has been suspended for the first two games of the 2012 season. My take is here, and Kevin Seifert says it's a wake-up call for Leshoure and warns that the young running back is just one mistake away from a much more severe penalty.
Justin Rogers says the Lions will be mixing things up on the defensive line a lot more than they did last season.
Green Bay Packers
Brian Carriveau discusses how the Packers' coaching staff is handling changing responsibilities.
There seemed to be a bit of consternation that the Packers canceled (or rescheduled really) yesterday's practice without warning, but as Hannah O'Brien reports, it was for a very good cause.
I will say that given the nature of the event, how it wasn't conveyed to the beat writers is beyond me.
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