NFC North: Five Guys

We're Black and Blue All Over:

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Greetings from the Bay, where I experienced a world-changing moment upon driving down Oneida St. A Five Guys is now among the dining options. That changes everything for this season, including the likelihood of my expanding waistline. Whoa, Nelly.

Anyway, I plan to head over to the Green Bay Packers' morning practice in a few hours, and soon we'll begin three days of Packers-heavy blogging. Don't fret, though. I've got a couple more posts left over from Detroit Lions camp, however. One is coming later Thursday morning, and the other will post Saturday.

Please hold your horses as best as you can.

For now, let's take a spin through the NFC North:
  • Packers defensive lineman Justin Harrell said he has had to calm down a few family members who were upset about public criticism of his career. Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette has more.
  • Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looks at the advantages of splitting tight end Jermichael Finley out wide versus having him lined up next to a tackle.
  • Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post offers this perspective on Brett Favre's future: "I remember talking with Brett as we watched the ways of Roger Clemens a few years back. Clemens signed with the Astros in midseason 2006 and with the Yankees in midseason 2007. I always sensed Brett wanted to be the Clemens of football -- sans steroid allegations -- picking a team in the middle of the season and riding in on his steed to lead them to glory."
  • Rookie offensive lineman Chris DeGeare is turning heads in the Minnesota Vikings' training camp, writes Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune.
  • The Vikings' top two receivers aren't on the practice field, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com. Percy Harvin is attending a funeral, while Sidney Rice is still rehabilitating his hip injury.
  • Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson wouldn't mind discussing a new contract, writes Ray Richardson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
  • We discussed the marriage between Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz and quarterback Jay Cutler on Wednesday. Here's Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times: "Wow. After listening to Martz gush about Cutler on Wednesday, I can report that the alliance is going better than anyone could have imagined. The much-anticipated tense relationship between the Bears quarterback and the new offensive coordinator seems to be off to a lovely start here at Camp Happy."
  • And David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune: "When the Bears finally allowed offensive coordinator Mike Martz to speak to reporters Wednesday for the first time in more than two months, I half-expected the words to come from a mountaintop or pulpit. I expected to hear inspired football genius from a guy whose intelligence has been so celebrated that it's fair to wonder why he's cleaning up the Bears offense instead of the BP oil spill. I didn't expect to hear this."
  • ESPNChicago.com looks at the competition between Bears linebackers Nick Roach and Pisa Tinoisamoa.
  • Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com breaks down the Detroit Lions' receiver position.
  • Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News: "And one thing we're learning quickly about Ndamukong Suh is, the big fella is all business. Here he came Wednesday, all eyes on him, all cameras on him, after he ended his four-day holdout. He was last out of the locker room for the Lions' afternoon practice, and he walked like a man eager to work, not to celebrate."

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