We're Black and Blue All Over:
A few weeks ago, we noted how fortunate receiver Roy Williams feels to have landed with the Chicago Bears. He is in a potentially explosive offense with a strong-armed quarterback who has begged for a receiver just like him and an offensive coordinator who coaxed his best seasons in the mid-2000s.
But as Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune explains, Williams' transition hasn't gone as smoothly as everyone would have hoped. Cutler has noted that Williams is still "getting back into shape," apparently a reference to the physical condition Williams arrived to camp in, and Williams said their connection is a little more than halfway to where it needs to be.
Biggs writes that "it's premature to say there is a Cutler-to-Williams chemistry issue" but adds: "[I]t's not too early to wonder when they are going to hit it off. He's the big receiver -- 6 feet 3, 215 pounds -- Cutler has pined for but the connection isn't there yet."
I think everyone involved would like to see some progress along those lines in Monday night's preseason game against the New York Giants, to be televised by ESPN.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Bears linebacker Lance Briggs (leg) won't play Monday night, notes Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com.
Jon Greenberg of ESPNChicago.com profiles Bears defensive tackle Amobi Okoye.
Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times on Bears coach Lovie Smith: "Players come and go, games are won and lost, but Smith remains the same man: His words measured, his actions determined."
The Green Bay Packers expect to have their top three cornerbacks available for Friday night's preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals, notes the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Packers punter Tim Masthay is emerging as a potential long-term answer at the position, writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Packers right tackle Brian Bulaga knows what rookie guard/tackle Derek Sherrod is going through in his first training camp, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Some fringe wide receivers are getting the chance to make the Minnesota Vikings' final roster, writes Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune.
Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder is working to get rid of the ball quicker after taking three sacks in his preseason debut last week, notes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
Tom Powers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "There is, at least, a hint of promise in the air as Leslie Frazier runs his first Vikings camp. The players appear to like and respect him, which already puts him well ahead of his predecessor. And the best thing about Training Camp 2011 is that it is not Training Camp 2010, which was a prelude to a stressful, awful season."
Detroit Lions safety Louis Delmas has kept a low profile during training camp, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News considers the possibilities presented by a healthy Jahvid Best.
The Lions' Twitter timeline is filled with photographs from the team's trip Friday to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Here is one link to the jersey quarterback Matthew Stafford wore during his rookie season against the Cleveland Browns, when he threw the game-winning touchdown and two-point conversion with a separated left shoulder. The jersey was eventually cut off.