Black and Blue all over: The return

Thanks to everyone for your patience, and even your polite impatience, while we took a step back for a few days last week to brainstorm for the 2010 season. Consider this smart-sounding saying that I just made up: A wise man once said that if you can't back off in the second week of May, you can't back off at all.

We'll be back to full-scale coverage this week, when our teams will either launch or continue their organized training activities and in some cases (i.e. the Chicago Bears) hold their mandatory veteran minicamp.

Let's open the week by catching up on some interesting features and developments from around the division:

  • Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finely opens up to Greg A. Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, acknowledging he struggled to follow team rules even as he broke out in the second half of last season. Among other things, Finley missed curfew the night before the Packers' wild-card playoff game at Arizona.

  • Packers rookie tackle Bryan Bulaga hit 14 home runs during batting practice before a recent Milwaukee Brewers game. Here's an Associated Press report.

  • Minnesota Vikings draft pick Joe Webb told the Birmingham News he might get a chance to practice at quarterback this spring. I think it's more likely Webb will focus on his transition to receiver, however.

  • Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is healthy and has more support as he enters his second season, writes Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press.

  • John Niyo of the Detroit News: "It's only May, but already [Kyle] Vanden Bosch is asserting himself as a leader on the practice field, and his as-advertised motor is impossible to ignore, teammates say."

  • Chicago Bears receiver Devin Hester said he is "just so eager" to jump into offensive coordinator Mike Martz's new scheme, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.

  • At least three NFL teams removed Bears draft pick Corey Wootton from their board because of an old neck injury, writes Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Sun-Times.

  • The Bears became the first NFC North team to sign a draft pick, inking seventh-round offensive lineman J'Marcus Webb to a four-year deal. The Bears annually get an early start to the draft-signing season.