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Thursday, August 6, 2009
Evening camp update

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Some early impressions after an eventful night practice brought Day 1 in Green Bay to a close: 

Elsewhere Thursday in the NFC North ...

Detroit defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said Thursday that defensive end Cliff Avril has "linebacker skills." But at this point, Avril is being used as a pass-rushing defensive end on both sides of the ball. Meanwhile, the Lions again practiced without tight end Brandon Pettigrew (thigh) and safety Louis Delmas (knee).

Minnesota coach Brad Childress didn't have much to say Thursday on the state of his team's passing game as Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels resume their competition.

Childress: "We have a long way to go in the passing game, a long way. The plan is to get there but I'm not going to say [I'm] pretty happy. I wouldn't classify it that way."

Childress said the team needs to work on all areas, including: Throwing, route-running, protection, blitz pickup, and approaches against man defense as compared to zone. It wouldn't be beyond an NFL coach to exaggerate the state of affairs to mislead opponents, but from what I saw earlier this week, Childress appeared to be providing an honest assessment.

Chicago signed center Donovan Raiola, the brother of Lions center Dominic Raiola, but at this point Donovan should be considered nothing more than a camp body.