We're Black and Blue all over:
As you probably noticed, we opened the second week of NFC North training camps a bit out of order. Our first Monday post was the formal Green Bay Packers Camp Confidential, and now we're following up with our daily trek around the division. Hope we didn't throw anyone off. I don't often throw my changeup.
We start with the Detroit Lions, where starting cornerback Chris Houston was (temporarily, I presume) demoted to the second-team defense after receiver Calvin Johnson beat him for a big play Sunday. Defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham barked at Houston, according to Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press, and put Eric King into Houston's spot. Dre Bly moved up to nickel.
As we discussed in the Lions Camp Confidential, Houston is drawing Johnson often in practice coverage. That's almost not fair. Based on what I saw, I would be really surprised if Houston isn't one of the Lions' starting cornerbacks Sept. 12 at Chicago. But it's clear that very few Lions players are guaranteed starting roles.
I'll be reporting from the final stop of our training camp tour -- Mankato, Minn. -- in a few hours. For now, let's continue around the NFC North:
Cunningham has been "on the warpath" lately, writes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.
Chris McCosky of the Detroit News: "Slow and steady goes the progress for tight end Tony Scheffler."
It looks like the Chicago Bears are giving second-year player Lance Louis a legitimate chance to win the starting right guard job, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
Bears tight end Greg Olsen caught six touchdowns during a red zone drill Sunday night, according to Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com.
Bears running back Matt Forte isn't worried about losing his starting job, writes Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Lito Sheppard: "I don't think my game has dropped off any at all." Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune has more.
Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com writes that too much of the Vikings offense has been sidelined during training camp to make a true evaluation.
Albert Young is making a push for the Vikings' No. 2 running back position, according to Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Packers rookie Morgan Burnett got a little case of the jitters during Saturday's Family Night scrimmage, according to Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
It still looks like the Packers have a one-man backfield, writes Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.