We're Black and Blue All Over:
One issue facing the Green Bay Packers that we didn't get to in this week's Camp Confidential: backup quarterback Matt Flynn, the third-year player whose competence is wholly unknown after two seasons behind 32-game starter Aaron Rodgers.
Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel took on the two-pronged issue and concluded that Flynn is more respected around the NFL than he is among the Packers' fan base. "In Flynn, they trust," writes McGinn.
My own feeling is that nearly every NFL team would take a step backwards if its backup quarterback took over. (Those that wouldn't probably have a sub-par starter.) It's a fact of life for the NFL, and Green Bay is no different. The only difference with Flynn is that there is such a small body of work with which to form an opinion.
Even last season, Flynn saw reduced practice and preseason snaps as the Packers tried to get Brian Brohm straightened out. We should start seeing Flynn play extensively beginning with Saturday's preseason game against Cleveland.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette takes a closer look at cornerback Tramon Williams.
The Packers' special teams will be scrutinized Saturday against the Browns, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post on Packers receiver Donald Driver's contract extension: "He's a Packer if there ever was one, now the longest-tenured player on the roster. That skinny kid from Alcorn that used to come by my room to tell me he'd be great turned out to be just that."
Chicago Bears linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa said his lost 2009 season only "added more fuel to my fire." Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune has more.
The Bears are a "hungry" football team, general manager Jerry Angelo told Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald.
Cornerback D.J. Moore is making a run at the Bears' nickel job, according to ESPNChicago.com.
Bears rookie safety Major Wright ended practice Tuesday with an interception, notes the Chicago Sun-Times.
John Shipley of the St. Paul Pioneer Press takes a look at what the Minnesota Vikings' offense would look like without Brett Favre at quarterback.
Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune explores the Vikings' cornerback position.
Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com has a special guest on his daily video update.
Training camp matchups against Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson will make Chris Houston better, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
The Lions took a look at a backfield with Kevin Smith and Jahvid Best playing together during practice, writes Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.