Morning folks, here's hoping you've had a good night's rest.
Lots to catch up on, as always, and we're just a day away from the Packers and Bears opening their preseason games before the Lions and Vikings kick things off Friday night.
We'll take a closer look at those games tomorrow and Friday, but for now, we'll keep on focusing on the aftermath of Training Camp.
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Brian Carriveau (Oh, THAT guy again) kicks things off today over at CheeseheadTV.com as he continues he look at the best- and worst-case scenarios for each position—today, he hits us with the running backs.
I’ve had some questions about whether Jordy Nelson can repeat his numbers from 2011. While we had seen flashes of the ability before, we hadn’t seen the consistency—can he do it again or was last year a flash in the pan?
Bob McGinn reports in the Journal-Sentinel that Nelson has had a tremendous camp and it looks very much like the Packers have struck gold with him.
Over at the Daily Norseman, Arif Hasan put together a nice, long, and very thorough look at yesterday’s camp.
Settle in kids, it’s long. Did I mention it’s thorough? And long. But well worth it!
Over at 1500 ESPN, Judd Zulgad wrote that, even with Jerome Simpson suspended to start the season and Greg Childs gone for the whole of it, receivers coach George Stewart has complete confidence in the depth of the position.
I do not share the enthusiasm for Mike Jenkins or Devin Aromashodu, but do think Jarius Wright could step up.
FINALLY—Chris Kluwe has a new blog post up. It’s a fascinating post given some of the discussions we’ve had about the lengths athletes go to get back on the field. It’s why teams like the Vikings and Lions have to be so careful with guys like Adrian Peterson and Jahvid Best.
Because they’re liars when it comes to pain, which is part of what makes them great but also makes them prone to bad decisions.
Given the above Kluwe piece, it’s interesting to note that Brian Urlacher continues to miss practice. ESPNChicago’s Jon Greenberg is concerned that the continued soreness could make for a rough season. As I wrote the other day, I can’t say I’m at, as Greenberg put it, DEFCON 54, it’s something to watch.
One wonders if skipping surgery will bite him in the rear end.
Vaughn McClure says we’ll start to get a good look at how the Bears' 2012 pass rush will shake out this Thursday against the Broncos. The Chicago Tribune writer says most under scrutiny are rookie Shea McClellin and Corey Wootton, who has had a good camp.
Tim Twentyman (of the official Lions page) was just on Twitter saying safety Louis Delmas had a procedure on his knee—the one which has basically kept him out of camp so far.
In that vein, Anwar Richardson has a poll asking which injury to a Lion has you most worried. And actually right now, I’d have to say Delmas. The Lions proved they can win without a coherent run game, but they cannot win if the secondary loses players like Delmas.
Over at the Free Press, Dave Birkett talks about how covering Calvin Johnson makes Chris Houston a better player.
Any time a player can cover (or be covered by) one of the best in the game, it will help him. Even more so if, as we know Dwight Bentley has been doing, he’s picking the brains of his assignment afterwards.
Houston has been steady for the Lions—this is some insight as to how he has stayed that way.
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