We're Black and Blue All Over:
Among the many interesting angles playing out in these final weeks of August is the short-term future of the Green Bay Packers' first-round draft pick, offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga. Whereas many of us figured he was due for a so-called redshirt year behind left tackle Chad Clifton, there is growing anticipation that he could beat out left guard Daryn Colledge for a Week 1 starting job.
Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com writes that Bulaga will get "every opportunity" to win the job. You figure the Packers' coaches wouldn't have subjected him to learning a second position if they thought he was a long shot to play there. This has the feeling of a job coaches want a player to win, and you know how that goes.
Bulaga: "Like I've said this entire time, none of these guys come here to play behind someone. Everyone wants to be on the field and play. That's what makes a team great: Guys push each other to get competition. It feels good to have an opportunity to get on the field and win a job, and if I don't, then I wasn't the best guy for the spot and that's just the way it's going to be."
Look for Bulaga to get first-team work at left guard in Saturday night's preseason game at Seattle.
Continuing around the NFC North:
The Packers are adding to their options for the slot receiver position, writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji has been "sound" and "capable" during training camp, writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. But Dougherty adds: "Anyone looking for the No. 9 pick overall in the 2009 draft to take off as a dominant defender in training camp of his second NFL season will be disappointed."
The Star Tribune has details on Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin's collapse Thursday at practice.
Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "Perhaps no one is more eager to reconnect with Vikings quarterback Brett Favre than wide receiver Bernard Berrian, who was an afterthought in 2009 as Minnesota's passing game became a big-play machine."
The Vikings are attempting to work out free-agent receiver Brandon Jones, who also was scheduled to visit Seattle, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
Defensive end Lawrence Jackson sees a big opportunity following his trade to the Detroit Lions, writes Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
The Lions claimed veteran safety David Roach on waivers, notes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press has the story of Lions linebackers coach Matt Burke, who did a 440-foot bungee jump during a trip to New Zealand this spring.
Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli has some difficult decisions to make soon, writes Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com.
Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said the offensive line is the team's biggest question mark this summer, according to Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Rookie quarterback Dan LeFevour should get plenty of snaps in the Bears' preseason game Saturday against Oakland, writes Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune summarizes the Bears' training camp on the occasion of its final open practice.