NFC North links: 'Jacked up' over Simpson

June, 8, 2012
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Chicago Bears

Shea McClellin, the 19th overall pick in the draft, thinks the transition from linebacker, the spot at which he starred at Boise State, to defensive end is going well, ESPNChicago.com reports. "I've been hand in the dirt from day one and I'm loving it," McClellin said.

Head coach Lovie Smith and quarterback Jay Cutler are among the 10 Bears on the hot seat in 2012, according to Bob Warja.

Detroit Lions

Lions offensive tackle Jeff Backus could have been resentful of the player drafted to replace him, Riley Reiff. Instead, Backus has embraced Reiff during organized team activities, acting as a mentor.

James Jahnke raises his eyebrows at the fact that the Lions accounted for nearly a quarter -- five of 21 -- of all arrests and citations for NFL players this year, according to a database compiled by U-T San Diego.

A judge in Saginaw, Mich., issued an arrest warrant for former Lions receiver Charles Rogers after the 31-year-old failed to appear at a court hearing.

Green Bay Packers

Cornerback Davon House is glad that this offseason is nothing like the lockout-shortened one that robbed him of so much preparation time before his rookie season -- and jealous that this year's rookies have no such trouble.

On Thursday, the Jaguars cut defensive end Aaron Kampman, who spent the first eight seasons in the league with the Packers.

Minnesota Vikings

Receiver Jerome Simpson, signed as a free agent after a breakout season with the Cincinnati Bengals, has head coach Leslie Frazier "jacked up" with his speed, the Associated Press reports.

Running back Toby Gerhart is getting more time with the first-team offense with Adrian Peterson's status uncertain. "I am building confidence with [quarterback] Christian Ponder and being more of a leader," Gerhart told CBSSports.com.

The NFL is reviewing Jerome Felton's arrest for DWI over the weekend for possible discipline since the fullback reportedly has a prior DWI conviction. Felton is the third Vikings player in the past 10 months to be arrested for suspicion of DWI.

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