NFC North Daily: Hot Breakfast Links for July 25th, 2012

Andrew Garda@andrew_gardaFeatured ColumnistJuly 25, 2012

There are real things to talk about—real football things. Camps are "kicking off," so we're going to have a ton of news flooding us for the, well, rest of the year.

Somehow I need to balance the individual links with some insight because, well, I assume that's why you're here!

Let's get on with it, shall we?




We kick things off today with a great piece by Zach Kruse on what to watch for in training camp. Another Cheese Head TV writer and Bleacher Report guy, Brian Carriveau also has a great piece on camp.

Carriveau takes an insightful look at everything from biggest question marks to players to watch to camp schedule.

Kruse settles on, among other things, what are probably the two single biggest questions going into camp: Is Graham Harrell going to be enough, and can the cornerbacks/safeties get figured out?

Both are well worth your time.

One aspect of training camp not getting talked about all that much is what we expect to see from Jermichael Finley. After a great 2009, he was hurt in 2010 and plagued by drops in 2011.

Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette has an article looking at what Finley is doing to cut down on those drops this offseason.



Punter Chris Kluwe has a blog at the Pioneer Press. Has Christmas come early?

I don't know if you follow Kluwe on Twitter, but you should.

You know how we say punters/kickers are a different breed? Well, he is, and his feed is a no-holds-barred brain dump of awesome.

Between him and Arian Foster, I could do nothing but read Twitter feeds all day. Seriously.

An excerpt:

But that still leaves the whole problem of the introduction. I appear to be terrible at them. How are you supposed to encapsulate the freedom to write whatever you please in one short essay? You can’t, it’s like trying to stop A.P. from scoring touchdowns (obligatory football reference to pull people back from the glorious world of “Space Dragon” (I’m betting the editor is contemplating a stiff shot of bourbon right now; he probably thought this would be a cushy gig (parenthetical asides are amazing ((nothing to see in this one))).

This blog idea is genius.

Back on earth, Tom Pelissero of continues his look at the Vikings roster, hitting on the offensive line in this edition.

For all the Peterson/Ponder/Harvin talk, the offensive line is the pivot for all of it—if it collapses, the rest might be moot.



I feel like I haven't linked to Dan Pompei in forever, but training camp is about to kick off, so that is about to change.

Today, the Chicago Tribune's Pompei has a look at how things stand in general manager Phil Emery's first camp as GM, the depth on the roster and the quality of said depth.

As the Packers can tell you, there is no such thing as too much quality depth. Last season it would have made a huge difference in the post-Jay Cutler/Matt Forte collapse. This year, it looks like they are more prepared.

Another big story has been the "new" offense under offensive coordinator Mike Tice and how it will help Jay Cutler.

ESPNChicago's Jeff Dickerson has a nice look at that, and you have to be pleased by the word "comfortable" coming out of Cutler's mouth so much.



In case you missed it, the Lions released Johnny Culbreath yesterday, and according to the Detroit News' Chris McCosky, it was more about play on the field than mistakes off it.

I buy an extent. It's hard to not be a tad suspicious given the timing and Culbreath's off-field indiscretion this winter.

I can't help but wonder if he would have stuck around a little longer otherwise. Then again, as McCosky points out, he was taking third-team reps and missed all of last year.


As we say goodbye to one Lions tackle, we say hello to another, as Riley Reiff signed his agreement and is in camp.

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press takes a look at the contract, which has a nice $4.25 million signing bonus, but no guaranteed base in his final year.

It's interesting to see how teams are dealing with the money in this post-CBA, rookie-contract-slotting world.


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@zachkruse2 @BrianCarriveau @PeteDougherty @chriswarcraft @VikingsNow @DanPompei @ESPNChiBears @cmccosky @freeplions

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