We're Black and Blue All Over:
Over the past few weeks, I've received as many questions about DuJuan Harris as any other NFC North player. Specifically, many of you want to know if the Green Bay Packers will enter the 2013 season with Harris as their top running back.
Running back tends to be a year-to-year proposition in Green Bay, which is exactly why a player signed at midseason to the practice squad can end up starting two playoff games. Harris ran for a combined 257 yards in six games last season, including the postseason, and seemed to have a burst and a good feel for the Packers' offense.
Will that be enough to embed him in the Packers' offseason plans? Several San Francisco 49ers players who faced him in the divisional playoff round were impressed, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
There are two equally compelling arguments here. One would suggest it's time for the Packers to make a draft commitment at the running back position. The other would question why it's necessary. If you can find and develop a DuJuan Harris off the street, why spend a high draft choice to find another one?
Continuing around the NFC North:
Former Packers linebacker Dave Robinson has a good chance to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Former Packers (and Minnesota Vikings) quarterback Brett Favre will be a part of the NFL Network's pregame show Sunday for Super Bowl XLVII, via ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Vikings consultant Paul Wiggin is close with the Harbaugh family, notes Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune.
Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com on former Vikings receiver Randy Moss: "Will he wake up one day long after his NFL career is over and realize that he could have been the greatest receiver to have played if only he had elected to apply himself?"
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is headed to China to promote the NFL, notes Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com.
The Lions were among the teams bidding for free agent cornerback Corey Graham, who ultimately signed with the Baltimore Ravens and will start in the Super Bowl. Chris McCosky of the Detroit Lions has more.
Could the Lions pursue free agent running back Reggie Bush? Josh Slagter of Mlive.com takes a look.
Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com examines the list of free agent tight ends the Chicago Bears might look at.
Bears defensive end Corey Wootton's increased playing time last season shows the progress he made, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.