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Black and Blue all over: TKO for Stafford?

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
At least one member of the Detroit media has called Detroit's quarterback competition in favor of rookie Matthew Stafford. Here's what Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com posted late Saturday:

"Stafford isn't perfect, and he's going to make plenty of mistakes as he develops, but the first overall pick in the draft is showing he's the real deal. The Lions aren't saying anything publicly because they have nothing to gain by making an announcement in the next week or two. But trust me, when the scouts and coaches watch the practice tape every night, they're grinning from ear to ear."

Kowalski writes that his opinion is not so much based on a negative evaluation of Daunte Culpepper as it is the confidence and poise of the 21-year-old Stafford.

It's probably a little early for the Lions to make any final decisions. Preseason games are better indicators of how players react in pressure situations. But if nothing else, Stafford is giving the Lions plenty to think about.

Continuing around the NFC North:

  • NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reiterated Saturday in Detroit that he would not change the league's blackout policy to help the Lions get on local television, writes Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press.

  • ESPN's Chris Mortensen notes the Lions have turned over about 50 percent of the roster since last season.

  • Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Sun-Times notes another benefit to trading for quarterback Jay Cutler: The Bears didn't have to worry about using a high draft pick on a quarterback and then wonder if he wouldn't sign his contract until late in training camp.

  • Bears receiver Devin Hester wants to make the Pro Bowl as a receiver as well as a punt returner, writes Melissa Isaacson of ESPN Chicago.

  • Does Minnesota receiver Bobby Wade know something we don't? Check out this quote, as reported by Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune: "Obviously, [Tarvaris Jackson] missed a couple of days so that always plays a toll. ... You know the timing's really important for every single one of our receivers, the timing with Tarvaris, and Sage [Rosenfels] for that matter but especially Tarvaris knowing he'll be pretty much the named starter going into the season so timing is everything in this offense."

  • Rookie cornerback Asher Allen is reminding some Vikings of a young Antoine Winfield, including Winfield. Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press explains.

  • Even after Denver signed tailback Knowshon Moreno, the No. 12 overall pick of the draft, there is still a gap between Green Bay and first-round pick B.J. Raji. Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette breaks down the situation.

  • Speaking to Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Green Bay center Scott Wells details the torn labrum he suffered last season and his arduous rehabilitation during the offseason.