Black and Blue all over: A new week
Welcome to preseason week No. 2 in the NFC North. We'll be following plenty of storylines as our lads get back to training camp. Among them:
- The quarterback battles in Minnesota and Detroit.
- The health of Chicago's defense.
- The first week of practice for Green Bay defensive end B.J. Raji, who agreed to contract terms late last week.
As for me, I'll be chatting at SportsNation later Monday (1 p.m. ET, as usual) and then wrapping up my training camp tour with a trip to Detroit. If all goes as planned, I'll be at practice starting Tuesday morning. More details to come.
For now, let's skip around the division after a day off for three of the Black and Blue's four teams:
- David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune notes that quarterback Jay Cutler has made headlines recently after two somewhat innocuous public statements. Haugh: "This is the difference between a starting quarterback and a franchise quarterback in the NFL, and we all are going to have to get used to it."
- The Bears' thin depth at cornerback was exposed Saturday night in Buffalo, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago has a final word on the Bears' preseason opener. Among those who helped themselves was rookie safety Al Afalava.
- The Lions had quite an on-field celebration after winning their preseason opener, notes Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press. Said team vice chairman Bill Ford Jr.: "We've been through this before."
- Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan has improved the Lions' screen play, writes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.
- Green Bay coaches aren't ready to make a decision about the center competition between Jason Spitz and Scott Wells, writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
- The gulf widened over the weekend between Packers backup quarterbacks Matt Flynn and Brian Brohm, according to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- Running back Albert Young is trying to crack a talented Minnesota backfield, writes Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune.
- Vikings center John Sullivan admitted he was nervous before the preseason opener at Indianapolis, but said reports that he lost his lunch were not true. Rick Alonzo of the St. Paul Pioneer Press gets to the bottom of it.