Sorry I disappeared yesterday folks, but we had some personal stuff going on in Casa de Garda and it pretty much totaled the rest of the day (along with our van—car accidents, what can you do?).
Everyone is fine and we're back on schedule. Tonight I will be at the B/R writers meet-up, so if you read this and will be going, make sure you say Hi.
Tomorrow night looks like I will be doing some rapid reports style blogging (maybe) during the games. I'll keep you posted.
On to the news!
If you watch ESPN it may seem as if 1) only the Jets have training camp or 2) they are the only team who fights. Neither is true, and on the last day of training camp, the Vikings got in on the latter action when Harrison Smith and Percy Harvin had words.
According to ESPN1500’s Tom Pelissero and Judd Zulgad, it was the second time in as many days where the two exchange unpleasantries. No fists were thrown, so I guess they need to watch the Jets more to see how it’s done correctly.
Also in the piece is some info on how long starters will play Friday (depends on how well they play), the continued healing of tight end John Carlson and how even after Geoff Schwartz ended up hurt, Brandon Fusco is no lock to start at right guard.
That sound you hear is a combination of Vikings fans and fantasy football owners breathing a sigh of relief. He still needs to practice with contact to be sure, but I’d say if he’s dropping into the second round of your fantasy drafts, grab him.
I tweeted this out to Matt Miller this morning because it’s the sort of thing he gets all happy about, but Charles Tillman has compared Alshon Jeffery to Brandon Marshall, according to Sean Jensen of the Sun Times.
I’ve said it many, many times—Jeffery will overtake Earl Bennett and (if he’s ahead of him) Devin Hester by midseason. Book it. (and if you have a late round draft pick in your fantasy league, take him)
Steven Schweickert gives you a Broncos-Bears preview over at Windy City Gridiron.
I’ll have my own up today, likely this afternoon. While the starters may not get much play, there is always a ton to watch, especially when you have young or new players hitting other teams for the first time.
Mlive’s Anwar Richardson talks about how the Lions will miss the presence of safety Louis Delmas as he recovers from knee surgery. It’s a blow for a number of reasons, not the least of which is there’s a big drop-off from him to the next guy in terms of talent.
Over at the Daily News, Chris McCosky talks about yesterday’s camp as well as Mikel Leshoure’s timetable for a return.
I hadn’t been overly worried about Leshoure’s return, but I also hadn’t considered that since he is suspended the first two games, he actually has more time to get ready. So, as McCosky puts it, his timetable is actually two weeks behind everyone else's.
Green Bay Packers
With the recent injury to Marshall Newhouse (concussion) and Derek Sherrod’s continued slow return from a broken leg, the depth of the Packers’ offensive line—especially at left tackle—has become a little bit of an issue again.
Jason Wilde talks about the team adding veteran guard (and general offensive lineman) Reggie Wells late yesterday. Head over to ESPNMilwaukee.com for a little more insight into what he brings to the table.
By no means should anyone panic. The Packers always seem to overcome line injuries. Still, it’s not the situation they were hoping for at left tackle or anywhere else.
Finally, Zach Kruse has a post of Five Things to Watch for tonight’s game. As I said above, while you may see the starters for half a second, the rookies and depth will be worth a look. Consider also it’s our first look at how the secondary shakes out.
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