We're Black and Blue All Over:
We noted last month that Green Bay Packers quarterback B.J. Coleman did not appear to be making a serious challenge for Graham Harrell's role as the backup to Aaron Rodgers. Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette helps explain that dynamic from the perspective of Harrell's development.
According to coach Mike McCarthy, Harrell has "definitely made another step this offseason" and is "much stronger" and "more conditioned." In addition, Harrell has "done some things in fine motor skill development I think you've seen showing up in the way he throws and releases the football," McCarthy said.
Preseason concern about Harrell last summer dissipated amid Rodgers' annual good health. We'll see if his improvement bears out on the field during training camp and preseason games.
Continuing around the NFC North:
The De Pere City Council is considering renaming part of Ashland Avenue after McCarthy in honor of his Super Bowl victory. More from Doug Schneider of the Press-Gazette.
Former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris is set to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro for charity, according to Larry Mayer of ChicagoBears.com.
The Chicago Tribune has photographs of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler's honeymoon in Italy.
The Detroit Lions have some reasons to be optimistic about their secondary in 2013, writes Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News.
Lions cornerback Bill Bentley looked more like his old self during spring practice, writes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
Justin Rogers of Mlive.com is counting down the Lions' 25 most important players to their success.
A preliminary contract has been approved for parking at the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium, according to Janet Moore of the Star Tribune. The ensuing development could lead to two new office towers and a two-block public park.