We're Black and Blue All Over:
My ESPNChicago.com colleague Jeff Dickerson has noted that rookie Chicago Bears quarterback Nathan Enderle joined the team's unofficial offensive workouts this week. What's most notable about that fact is that the Bears are still working out together here in the last days of June.
In most offseasons, minicamps and organized team activities would be wrapped up by now. Indeed, most NFL players have completed the larger-scale football activities they organized for themselves this spring. At this point, according to Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison, it's "a little bit too late to really do anything now." Speaking to ESPN1500.com, Robison added: "I think now is the time where we just need to get this [collective-bargaining agreement] done and get back on the field in training camp."
If anyone is to benefit from these workouts, it's quarterbacks and their receivers. It's good to know the Bears are still going at it as their official summer vacation approaches.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Canceling a preseason game could cost the city of Chicago as much as $8 million, according to Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Dickerson addresses our decision to award Bears receiver Earl Bennett the best hands in the NFC North.
Green Bay Packers receiver James Jones is hosting a free football camp in California this summer, notes Daniel Brown for the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Detroit Lions safety Louis Delmas admits that, because of a groin injury, "I didn't have a great season like I did my rookie year and I think I will do a better job this year." Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News has more.
Lions receiver Bryant Johnson told Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post that quarterback Matthew Stafford looked good during player-organized workouts this offseason.
There might not be much more said publicly about a Minnesota Vikings stadium until after the state budget is balanced, according to the Star Tribune.
A meeting between state leaders on the stadium was canceled Wednesday because the media got wind of it and no one wants to be perceived as focusing on something other than the budget, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.