Having failed at some rudimentary cloning attempts, I was unable to attend all four NFC North rookie minicamps Friday. I checked in on Minnesota's practice while participating in the latest FavreFrenzy, but rather than try giving you impressions of the other camps myself, I prefer to pass along observations from those who were there. So without further discussion, here we go:
A total of 54 players practiced for about 90 minutes in blustery conditions, according to Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times. ... Running backs Matt Forte and Chester Taylor played nice during an afternoon appearance on ESPN 1000, writes Michael Wright of ESPNChicago.com. ... Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice is pulling for Lookin at Lucky in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. Tice is close friends with Lucky owner Mike Pegram.
Rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh "looked fit and capable" in his first drills, according to Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press. ... Rookie free-agent corner Aaron Berry caught a few eyes, writes Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News. ... Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com isn't expecting the Lions to sign cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel live-blogged the entire practice. Among the observations from Greg A. Bedard: "[Andrew] Quarless looks like a natural athlete and ball catcher but he doesn't appear to be in great shape." ... Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette has a list of all 29 players who participated on a tryout basis. ... Here's what coach Mike McCarthy said about rookie running back James Starks: "He's tall for a running back. I thought he looked athletic. But as far as assessing him as a player, you can definitely see the talent and the natural run skills."