We're Black and Blue All Over:
Detroit Lions officials weren't saying much about their potential interest in free-agent safety Oshiomogho Atogwe after Thursday's organized team activity.
Amid indications that the Lions would be interested at a low(er) price, general manager Martin Mayhew said: "I'm never gonna say who we are or we're not interested in, because it doesn't help us in any way," according to John Niyo of the Detroit News.
Coach Jim Schwartz used more words to say about the same thing: "But I think I'd just leave it with what we've said before, which is every chance we have to improve the team, we're going to explore. And I'll probably just leave it there."
Atogwe, a native of nearby Windsor, would fill the need for a starter opposite Louis Delmas. Whether it's an attractive situation for Atogwe, 29, remains to be seen. Neither he nor his agent have commented publicly since he became a free agent Tuesday.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press offers observations off Thursday's OTA, including a highlight-reel pass between quarterback Matthew Stafford and receiver Calvin Johnson.
Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com on Lions receiver Bryant Johnson's likely reduction in playing time: "The bad news for Bryant Johnson is that the Lions are planning on using a lot of two-tight end packages, possibly as their base [offense]. That means the Lions are more likely to shift a tight end -- Tony Scheffler or Brandon Pettigrew -- into a slot position instead of changing personnel to three receivers. The Lions are hoping to get better personnel matchups that way."
The Green Bay Packers feel good about the development of Pat Lee and Brandon Underwood, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Greg A. Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel addresses some lingering questions about the legal case of defensive end Johnny Jolly, including whether the Packers knew about allegations of large-scale drug dealing.
The Packers might add a standing-room only section at Lambeau Field, according to Tony Walter of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
The Minnesota Vikings will have an improved stadium field at training camp, writes Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.
Vikings defensive tackle Pat Williams' plan is to win the Super Bowl and then retire, according to Rick Alonzo of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
The Vikings aren't likely to change their starting safeties, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
The Chicago Bears will benefit from the mix of personalities on their coaching staff, writes Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.