We're Black and Blue All Over:
Have the Chicago Bears already declared a winner in their competition at left tackle? Reporters were left to ponder that question Wednesday after J'Marcus Webb worked a second consecutive day with the first team, breaking what had been a daily rotation with Chris Williams at the position. Instead, Williams gave right tackle Gabe Carimi a breather during Wednesday's practice.
Coach Lovie Smith said it was too early to declare a winner and said there are going to be "a lot of different combinations at a lot of different positions," according to Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com. Offensive coordinator Mike Tice, who also oversees the offensive line, was not available to the media.
As we discussed last week, Webb would seem to be the likely winner of the competition if he doesn't take a dramatic backslide. If that's the case, the Bears would be wise to give him as many repetitions as possible. But you would think they would at least take a look at one preseason game before that happens. Stay tuned.
Continuing around the NFC North before I shove off for Minnesota Vikings training camp:
Bears first-round draft choice Shea McClellin needs to relax and play, writes Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.
Bears cornerback D.J. Moore referred to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as a "dictator," according to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News: "The Lions think they're better. That's fine. That's how playoff-worthy teams are supposed to think. They're not touting it or shouting it, but they believe it. I'm not here to tout or shout, or even to doubt. But I have to ask, if the Lions truly are better, where will it show up? More specifically: What about the defense?! (If you recognize that question, it's only been posed around here for multiple decades)."
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew considers the 2012 team to be better than 2011, notes Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com.
Lions place-kicker Jason Hanson still has a strong leg, writes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
The Green Bay Packers' competition at cornerback is just getting good, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "Quarterback Graham Harrell has done nothing in the first week of Green Bay Packers training camp to dissuade his coaches from projecting him as a suitable replacement for Matt Flynn."
Packers tight end Jermichael Finley hasn't made much impact yet in training camp but he is not worried, writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune profiles Minnesota Vikings rookie tailback Derrick Coleman, who uses hearing aids and reads lips to understand speech.
Vikings defensive end Jared Allen is bored with discussion about his practice work against rookie left tackle Matt Kalil. Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has more.
Percy Harvin knows he probably won't return all of the Vikings' kickoffs this season, notes Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com.