We're Black and Blue All Over:
The annual ESPY awards, held July 17 and hosted by Jon Hamm, will have plenty of NFC North connections.
The nominees include Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson for Best Male Athlete. Peterson was also nominated for Best NFL Player along with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson. Finally, Johnson was nominated for Best Record-Breaking Performance after setting a new mark for receiving yards in a season.
The ESPYs are the last moment of the dead sports period of summer, at least for me. When they're over, training camp is just around the corner. And you know what that means….
Continuing around the NFC North on a quiet Friday morning:
The NFL Network named Peterson the top player on its ranking of the league's best 100 players.
New Vikings linebacker Desmond Bishop reiterated he hasn't spoken in detail with coaches about the position he'll play, according to Nate Sandell of 1500ESPN.com.
It was a bit surprising to see Rodgers ranked No. 6 overall on the NFL Network's rankings.
Missed this yesterday: Lori Nickel's profile of Green Bay Packers rookie defensive tackle Gilbert Pena in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press describes the rotation the Detroit Lions used at outside linebacker this offseason. It included Ashlee Palmer, Travis Lewis and Tahir Whitehead.
Larry Mayer of ChicagoBears.com has details on the Chicago Bears' training camp plans.