NFC North links: High hopes for McClellin

July, 19, 2012
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Chicago Bears

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune says the Bears need rookie defensive end Shea McClellin to produce early and often this season. Biggs: "They selected him because they have a true need at defensive end. The last time the Bears had a rookie first-round pick make an impact was Tommie Harris in 2004."

Jeff Dickerson and Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com look at the makeover the Bears experienced at wide receiver and if the group can live up to the hype.

Detroit Lions

It's early, but are the Lions content with letting Cliff Avril walk after this season?

Linebacker Justin Durant could be a cap casualty, suggests NFL.com's Brian McIntyre.

Green Bay Packers

The Packers made a concerted effort this offseason to improve their defense, starting with the defensive line.

Quarterback Graham Harrell says he'll be ready to step in should anything happen to Aaron Rodgers.

Minnesota Vikings

Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com kicks off his position preview with a look at the Vikings' running backs.

General manager Rick Spielman touches on a number of topics as the team prepares for training camp.

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