- Kevin Seifert, NFL Nation
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We're Black and Blue All Over:
Could cornerback Darius Slay have a bigger rookie impact for the Detroit Lions than defensive end Ziggy Ansah? That's the projection from NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah, who thinks Slay will be a factor from the first day of training camp.
Jeremiah: "Slay is incredibly explosive (4.36-second time in the 40-yard dash) and has impressive ball skills, as evidenced by his five interceptions last fall. He should nail down a starting position during training camp, and I expect him to improve throughout his rookie season. I won't be surprised if Slay matches the five picks he recorded during his final college campaign."
Health is the key for Slay, who needed minor knee surgery after the draft but recovered in time to participate in mandatory minicamp. Were it not for his knee condition, he probably would have been a first-round pick himself. (Related: Projecting Ansah's possible sack totals.)
Continuing around the NFC North:
The Lions haven't announced a corresponding roster move after agreeing to terms with defensive lineman Israel Idonije, notes Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News. (Update: The Lions announced they had released defensive end Freddie Bishop to complete the move.)
The Chicago Bears' decision to sign veteran free agent Sedrick Ellis spelled the end of Idonije's time there, writes Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times.
The Bears had previously expressed interest in re-signing Idonije, as Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com notes, but at a price lower than the $2.5 million he earned last season.
It won't be easy for Kyle Long to earn a starting job on the Bears' offensive line during training camp, according to Larry Mayer of ChicagoBears.com.
Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette: "The decision to release linebacker Desmond Bishop could come back to bite the Green Bay Packers in the back side. Bishop signed a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings this week, and you can be certain he has visions of sticking it to his old team."
As the Vikings look ahead to their Sept. 29 game in London, Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune looks at the history of Minnesota teams playing abroad.