NFC North Daily Breakfast Links: August 15, 2012

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistAugust 15, 2012

Coleman has a long way to go, which shouldn't shock anyone.
Coleman has a long way to go, which shouldn't shock anyone.Mike McGinnis/Getty Images

Adrian Peterson is back on the field, as was Mikel Leshoure—for a minute. Brian Urlacher is still out, but is it a bigger deal than the left tackle position? The Packers are concentrating on their current players, but how will they deal with midseason arrivals?

All that is covered today—and more—in the Hot Breakfast Links.’s Brian Carriveau has an interesting look at what the team will have to deal with when several players rejoin the Packers in midseason. Anthony Hargrove, Mike Neal, Erik Walden, as well as potentially Derek Sherrod and Andrew Quarless (who might start the season on the PUP list) are all players we won’t see until Week 6 or beyond.

It’s no easy task making the Packers when you’re a seventh-round draft pick, and that’s no less true for quarterback BJ Coleman according to the Journal-Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein. 

Honestly, has Coleman really been anything more or less than we expected? Not for me. Streaky, inconsistent, with flashes of awesome and crashes of awful, he is the same raw guy we knew they drafted in April.

I wouldn’t say that he can’t get cut or can’t end up on the practice squad, just that his struggles are pretty much what I expected.
Jeremy Fowler at Pioneer Press talks about Adrian Peterson’s return to practice—and his continued push to do more and more.

As always, I say the Vikings need to preach patience. They need to keep Peterson in check and make sure he’s 100 percent before they cut him loose. You just don’t unleash him and hope for the best, if you want him around all season. I understand Peterson’s drive—and I recognize the difficult position the team is in as well.

They’ve been steady so far, and shouldn’t change that now.

Over at the Vikings’ team site, Mike Wobschall updates us on the continuing safety battle, including his impression that the team is hell-bent on giving Mistral Raymond a real shot at a starting gig

So that’s definitely something to watch this week in the preseason matchup against Buffalo.

Jon Greenberg and Melissa Isaacson debate which is a bigger deal for the Bears over at ESPN Chicago—the left tackle position or Brian Urlacher’s knee.

You can vote in a poll there—as far as I am concerned, the left tackle is a much bigger concern. Urlacher can be critical, yes, but losing Cutler because the offensive line fails is a disaster.

Over at CBS Chicago, Dan Durkin says that offensive coordinator Mike Tice can’t have it both ways—he can’t preach from the rooftops that J’Marcus Webb is good enough to be left tackle and then throw Chris Williams back into the debate.

Nobody likes me much when I say this, but this is the same problem they’ve had for years and will continue to have until they do some massive reworking of the offensive line—the left tackle is a mess and it puts Jay Cutler at risk.

Over at Pride of Detroit, Sean Yuille recaps some quotes from Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, covering a focus on penalty reduction as well as notes on Jeff Backus, Nate Burleson, Chris Houston, the offensive line and much more.

Mikel Leshoure was back at practice today for at least a little bit. Anwar Richardson talked over at MLive about his workload today and potentially in this week’s preseason game.

However, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press had him done early—whether because of a setback or that being the plan, we’re not clear on yet.

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