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Black and Blue all over: 'Dreamy' in Bourbonnais

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
The headline above Brad Biggs' piece in the Chicago Sun-Times said it best: By all accounts, the Bears had a "dreamy" first day of training camp Friday at Olivet Nazarene University.

Last summer, they opened to the distraction of a quarterback competition, the surprise holdout of receiver Devin Hester and the revelation of a back injury for first-round pick Chris Williams. This year, a crowd estimated at 7,000 people were thrilled by the sight of new quarterback Jay Cutler tossing lasers to Hester, Earl Bennett and Greg Olsen.

The Bears are scheduled to practice in full pads Saturday night. That should take the excitement up another notch.

Continuing around the NFC North:

  • Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris doesn't think his team's current defense has a long time left to play with one another, according to Biggs.

  • Safety Danieal Manning began cramping during the first practice and was replaced by Craig Steltz, writes Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.

  • Brian Van Ochten of Mlive.com on Detroit coach Jim Schwartz: "To see him put his arms around the monumental challenge of resurrecting these losers -- and do it with such chutzpah following a 0-16 finish last season -- is what's refreshing about his approach to such a stale franchise."

  • Lions Hall of Famer Charlie Sanders considers Brandon Pettigrew a "complete tight end," writes Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press.

  • Green Bay is a stable and seasoned team as it enters Mike McCarthy's fourth year, writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

  • Packers linebacker Nick Barnett said he is "not really" upset to have been placed on the physically unable to perform list but said he is eager to get back on the field, according to Greg A. Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

  • Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune thanks Minnesota receiver Bobby Wade for adding some life to the start of the Vikings' training camp.