We're Black and Blue All Over:
How big of an impact will Julius Peppers make on the Chicago Bears this season?
How about Michael Strahan big?
That's right. Hope springs eternal in NFL training camps, and so it appears Peppers isn't shying away from questions about breaking Strahan's single-season record for sacks (22.5). Bears general manager Jerry Angelo recently said he was looking for an "MVP year" from the newly signed free agent, and when asked if the record is out of reach, here's what Peppers told Michael Wright of ESPNChicago.com:
"I don't think so. I'm not gonna sit here and say I'm shooting for it. I'm not gonna say that I'm not shooting for it, either. It's been done before, and can be done again. That's what records are there for ... to be broken."
Peppers' career-high sack total came in 2008, when he notched 14.5. We'll see.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Bears linebacker Lance Briggs is feeling nostalgic about training camp, writes Melissa Isaacson of ESPNChicago.com.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune: "One week into training camp, one reason for hope could be the biggest surprise at Olivet Nazarene. It doesn't have anything to do with a newcomer, shift in philosophy or recent discovery. Instead, it's Tommie Harris, the defensive tackle who is entering his seventh season. The Bears completed their ninth practice Thursday and Harris hasn't missed one, something few would have predicted."
Detroit Lions place-kicker Jason Hanson said surgery on his right knee went well and that he will be ready to kick when the season begins. Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press has more.
The Lions have added both personnel and new schemes to their offense, writes John Niyo of the Detroit News.
Minnesota Vikings running back Darius Reynaud will miss some training camp time because of a sprained ankle, according to Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.
Vikings coach Brad Childress is mildly concerned about the missed practice time of his offensive stars. Ray Richardson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has more.
Free-agent receiver Logan Payne is giving it his best shot this summer, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette: "If there was any doubt whether Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher could squeeze out at least one more year as the starting tackles for the Green Bay Packers, it's gone less than a week into training camp."
Daryn Colledge is on track to win the Packers' left guard spot, writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com takes a closer look at the budding competition between linebackers Brandon Chillar and Brad Jones.