We're Black and Blue All Over:
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford tweeted last week that his surgically-repaired right shoulder was approaching 100 percent recovery. To that end, it's worth noting (via Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News) that Stafford is scheduled to participate in a quarterback challenge at halftime of the University of Georgia's spring game Saturday.
The competition against other former Georgia quarterbacks will include throwing passes to contestants on the field. While I doubt any of those passes will be 60-yard rockets, it's fair to say Stafford wouldn't put himself in that situation if there were any doubt about the progress of his recovery.
All along, the Lions have maintained Stafford will be ready to take the first snap of training camp, which in most years starts at the end of July.
Continuing around the NFC North:
If he were running the Lions, NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly said he would take Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara over defensive ends Da'Quan Bowers, Aldon Smith or Cam Jordan. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press has more.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on the Vikings stadium proposal, via Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune: "I'm optimistic. Where there's a will, there's a way." Few share in that optimism right now.
The Chicago Bears could get by without addressing their offensive tackle position in the draft, but that doesn't mean they should, writes Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com.
Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune thinks there is a chance the Bears will pursue a free-agent wide receiver.