BBAO: Three rookie minicamps on tap

May, 11, 2012
5/11/12
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We're Black and Blue All Over:

Stadium. Stadium. Stadium. Vikings. Stadium. Vikings. Stadium. Stadium. Vikings. Stadium. Stadium. Stadium. Vikings. Stadium. Vikings. Stadium. Stadium. Vikings. Stadium. Stadium. Stadium. Vikings. Stadium. Vikings. Stadium. Stadium. Vikings. Stadium. Stadium. Stadium. Vikings. Stadium. Vikings. Stadium. Stadium. Vikings. Stadium. Stadium. Stadium. Vikings. Stadium. Vikings. Stadium. Stadium. Vikings.

There. Got that out of my system.

Let's move on, shall we?

After all, we have ROOKIE MINICAMPS scheduled to begin Friday in Green Bay, Detroit and Chicago, among many other exciting things here in the NFC North. A quick tour around the division:
  • The Chicago Bears agreed to terms with two veteran defensive tackles Thursday night, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. They are John McCargo, a former first-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills, and DeMario Pressley.
  • The Bears confirmed those signings Friday morning and added defensive end Cheta Ozougwu to the list as well.
  • Bears cornerback Charles Tillman isn't satisfied with making a single Pro Bowl, writes Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
  • Quarterback Kellen Moore will be one of the more interesting players to watch at the Detroit Lions' rookie minicamp, notes Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com.
  • Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was at the White House on Thursday to speak about financial literacy. David Shepardson of the Detroit News has more.
  • Lions left guard Rob Sims put on about 20 pounds this offseason during early workouts, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
  • Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel offers a preview of the Green Bay Packers' rookie minicamp.
  • At least three Packers rookies have now agreed to contract terms, including second-round draft pick Jerel Worthy, according to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
  • Packers running back Alex Green is making good progress with his surgically repaired knee, according to Dunne.
  • The Minnesota Vikings could play anywhere from one to four years at TCF Bank Stadium while their new stadium is built on the Metrodome site, notes the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
  • Tom Powers of the Pioneer Press on the stadium bill: "But regardless of how anyone feels about subsidizing a private business, understand this: Passing the stadium bill was the right decision. Not because the Vikings could have packed up and left town. But because if Minnesota didn't build a stadium now, it would end up building one later and probably at twice the cost. NFL football is like a drug. And most people can't go without it for very long. So in the end, this was the fiscally responsible thing to do."
  • Mark Craig of the Star Tribune: "[N]ew stadiums don't turn teams around by themselves."

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