Friday, June 7, 2013
Links: Favre blames self for Packers' rift
By ESPN.com staff
What can the Bears expect out of second-year wideout Alshon Jeffery? The Chicago Tribune's Dan Pompei says Jeffery should take "a significant step forward."
Defensive backs Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman talked with NBC Chicago about managing expectations coming off career years. Tillman: "I wouldn't say pressure's the word. You always want to outdo yourself. That was last year. Each year, you have to create an identity for yourself. Every year, I think about having a career year."
The Lions had the league's third-ranked offense last season, but that didn't always translate to points scored and at least some of the blame lies with the defense, according to Mlive.com's Justin Rogers. "The unit lacked big plays in 2012, finished 27th with just 17 takeaways. Even worse, Detroit scored just two points -- on a meaningless safety late in a Week 16 loss to Atlanta -- on defense and special teams," Rogers writes.
Offensive lineman Bill Nagy is still working his way back from a severe ankle injury he suffered in Cowboys training camp that cost him the entire 2012 season, reports Rogers.
Micheal Spurlock is the latest free agent the Lions have brought in to shore up a special-teams unit that struggled last season, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Green Bay Packers
Brett Favre took the blame for his rift with the Packers during an interview with WGR 550 AM, reports Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Favre: "It's over and done with. I was at fault. I feel that both sides had a part in it. If you can go back would I or them have done things differently? I'm sure both sides would have, but you can't."
During a team physical Monday, running back DuJuan Harris found out he had a fist-sized cyst on his lung, the AP reports. The cyst, which was not cancerous, was removed Tuesday morning, and Harris should be fully recovered before training camp opens next month. "Thank God for team physicals!!!" Harris tweeted.
The contract of second-round draft pick Eddie Lacy is worth $3.392 million, including $1,402,208 in guaranteed money, reports Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Tight end Kyle Rudolph was energized by his performance in last season's Pro Bowl, when he caught five passes for 122 yards and a touchdown, writes the Pioneer Press' Ben Goessling. Rudolph: "Just to be over there was an honor with all the great players in our game, and then to be named MVP was not in my wildest dreams; would not have expected it. To go out there and perform the way I did, it was a lot of fun and definitely a big confidence boost."
John Carlson's first season with the Vikings was derailed by injuries, but the tight end says he's 100 percent healthy now, writes the Star Tribune's Sid Hartman. Carlson: "My focus right now is to own a role in this offense. I’m going to try and improve every day and develop a rapport with Christian [Ponder] and Matt [Cassel] and the other quarterbacks. I can’t change the past, so I’m looking forward.”