Friday, June 21, 2013
BBAO: Ziggy Ansah managing expectations
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
Good morning. After a wicked overnight storm here in the Upper Midwest, let us go straight to the handful of NFC North headlines available to us on the third Friday of June.
- Detroit Lions rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah isn't revealing his sack goals for 2013, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Ansah: "I'm not trying to put [out any] numbers. If I tell you I'm going to get 10 [sacks] and I get nine, what are you going to say?"
- Nate Davis of USA Today thinks free agent tackle Eric Winston is a good fit for the Lions.
- NFL rules prevented Chicago Bears rookie Kyle Long from participating in almost all of the offseason program, but he is working at the team's facility now. Long, via Larry Mayer of ChicagoBears.com: "It's great to be back. I missed a lot of stuff during minicamp, so it's a great opportunity to continue to develop those relationships with the other rookies. It's great to be in the building here. I love it."
- Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers is happy with the young linebackers on his roster, writes Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
- An improved running game could help Packers receiver Jordy Nelson's production, writes Mike Spofford of Packers.com.
- The Minnesota Vikings are playing rookie defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd behind veteran Kevin Williams and not beside him for now, notes Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
- Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer still favors Marcus Sherels as his punt returner, notes the Star Tribune.
- Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson plans to crank up his workouts prior to training camp, notes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.