NFC North Daily: Hot Breakfast Links for July 2, 2012

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistJuly 2, 2012

We're back!

I'd say rested and ready to go, but the rested part would be a lie.

I don't know what it is about vacations that end up exhausting you, but I think it was a combination of six hours at Zuma Beach on Friday (complete with the usual dolphin sighting) and a red-eye flight with a layover Saturday night/Sunday morning.

Also staying up until late last night watching The Wire for the zillionth time.

Regardless, I'm back and like you guys anxious for the start of training camps. We don't have long to wait—so let's get caught up on this weekend.


NFC North

Pro Football Focus has a piece outlining three years of data on Drop Rates for wide receivers. I'll have a larger piece reacting to the info and how it relates to the NFC North, but before you look at the PFF piece remember—not every target is a catchable ball, not every drop is a bad throw and the more passes thrown your way, the more opportunity for drops.

Drop rate is the stat you want to keep an eye on more than anything else.

Again, good work by PFF and I'll have something on the NFC North aspect of it later on today.


Chicago Bears

B/R writer Will Grant takes a stab projecting stats for the Bears wide receivers. I think he's spot-on overall, though I would tag double digits for Marshall's touchdown production. Then again, with the amount of targets Cutler will have not named Marshall, Will might be on to something.

Matt Forte told reporters that he will play for the Bears this year—he just won't say when.


Detroit Lions

Anwar Richardson takes a look at how the other top NFC North wide receivers stack up to Calvin Johnson. You can imagine how the poll will break down.

The Detroit Free Press recaps an interview with rookie quarterback Kellen Moore. Also, James Jahnke's piece has the best picture of Moore ever. Never has a man looked more befuddled.


Green Bay Packers

Since everyone else is talking about it, here's Michael Hunt's piece on Brett Favre and the Packers patching things up.

My take? He's one of the Packers' all-time greats, and he had no success close to what he did in Green Bay anywhere else.

Of course they'll do what's smart and figure it out.

Weston Hodkiewicz at the Press-Gazette says that Tramon Williams feels he will be healthy—and the defense much better—going into 2012.


Minnesota Vikings

Jeremy Fowler lists the schedule for the Vikings' upcoming training camp. 

Ted Glover is killing some time over at the Daily Norseman by running a tournament pitting the Greatest Vikings Teams of All Time against each other. Check out the madness and see why everyone can agree it's time for some real football again. 


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