NFC North links: How does Best stack up?

June, 29, 2012
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Chicago Bears

Yahoo! Sports' Doug Farrar recently caught up with linebacker Lance Briggs, who touched on the team's consistency on defense during his nine-year NFL career: "We have a good core of players -- a leadership core. I think a lot of it starts with leadership; what your leaders allow and don't allow, and the rest of the players follow suit. I don't think there's a better leader out there than Brian Urlacher, and then you have Peanut Tillman, Julius Peppers, myself, and it starts with that core."

Julius Peppers ranks as the fourth-best defensive player in the game today, according to CBS Chicago's Steve Silverman.

Detroit Lions

How does Jahvid Best stack up against the other starting running backs in the division? Mlive's Anwar S. Richardson examines.

Second-year defensive tackle Nick Fairley asked the NFL for permission to attend part of the rookie symposium this week, and the league allowed him to attend alongside the AFC rookies, reports CBSSorts.com's Josh Katzowitz. Fairley did not attend the rookie orientation last year.

Receiver Nate Burleson doesn't shy away from mentoring teammate Titus Young, a player who may eventually replace Burleson in the starting lineup, writes NFL.com's Dan Hanzus. "I told Titus, I said, 'Look. There's no question that you're brought here to take my position,'" Burleson said. "'That's what you're brought here to do. And by the time I'm done, you should be ready to take that and you should be on your way to a new contract. And if you're not in those two positions, I don't think I did my job well enough.'"


Green Bay Packers

Six Packers made the NFL Network's list ranking the league's top 100 players, and Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel weighs in on whether the players who voted on the list got it right.

A group of local journalists and members of the Green Bay/Brown County Professional Stadium District got a tour of Lambeau Field's south end zone expansion, where nearly 7,000 new seats are being installed, reports Paul Srubas of Gannett Wisconsin Media. The tour group also got a peek at highlight film footage being displayed on the 48-by-108-foot scoreboard screen on the opposite end of the field.

When former Packers receiver Antonio Freeman came into the league, there was no NFL Rookie Symposium to help ease his transition. But Freeman has become a regular at the annual event and he feels he's gotten as much out of it as the rookies, writes Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings signed former Saints defensive end Jeff Charleston, reports the Pioneer Press' Jeremy Fowler. To make room, the team waived defensive tackle Terrell Resonno.

What if running back Adrian Peterson misses the first six games? The Star Tribune's Christian Peterson looks at the Vikings' first six opponents and gauges the effect Peterson's absence could have on the outcomes.

New stadium backers and downtown Minneapolis residents can agree: No one wants another Metrodome, which never spurred much economic development in the community, writes the Star Tribune's Janet Moore.

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