<
>

Evening camp update

8/7/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Catching up on the training camps around the NFC North:

It's been interesting that Josh Beekman is hanging on to the starting left guard job in Chicago despite the presence of free agent Frank Omiyale, who presumably was signed to take over the position.

Through a week of training camp, Beekman has "far and away" outperformed Omiyale, writes ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson.

Dickerson: "I freely admit to being one of those who felt Omiyale would start given his contract and the speed with which the Bears pursued him in free agency. It's not even close. To be fair, Omiyale is learning a new position in a new system, and he doesn't have much experience. I'm not writing him off, but he has a long way to go to unseat Beekman, who's had an excellent first week in Bourbonnais."

Omiyale is set to earn $6.3 million this season as part of a four-year contract worth a total of $11.4 million. Will he really be a high-priced backup when the regular season begins? That will be an interesting subplot as September approaches.

In Detroit, cornerback Anthony Henry saw some work at safety while Louis Delmas and Daniel Bullocks nursed injuries. There has been talk of Henry, 33, eventually finding his way to safety but for now Henry said he expects to remain at cornerback.

Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said that tight end Tory Humphrey (broken arm) should be able to play at some point this season. Cornerback Pat Lee is day-to-day because of a back condition. Linebackers Clay Matthews (hamstring) and Jeremy Thompson (groin) were held out of Friday's indoor practice. McCarthy said Thompson should be available for Saturday's Family Night scrimmage. The same goes for defensive lineman Justin Harrell, who didn't practice Friday for precautionary reasons.

There's gonna be some hitting around the division over the next 24 hours. Minnesota has scheduled a "live" full-pads practice Friday night. The Packers, Bears and Lions all have scrimmage-style practices scheduled for their home stadiums on Saturday. All four will be off on Sunday. Yee-haw.