We're Black and Blue All Over:
Sometimes you can get a sneak peak at roster decisions by examining player contracts. So it's reasonable to assume that Minnesota Vikings receiver Michael Jenkins -- who has struggled at times in training camp -- is more likely to make the final roster now that he has agreed to a pay cut that slashed his 2012 salary from $2.5 million to $1 million.
Jenkins agreed to the new deal last week, according to Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com. That came after the Vikings lost rookie receiver Greg Childs (knees) for the season, and during a camp in which Jenkins has looked slow to recover from a 2011 knee injury. Of Jenkins' camp, Pelissero writes: "He moved like he had a flat tire as he has for much of camp, almost appearing to coast at a time he's in no position to do so."
At this point, the Vikings don't have a ton of options. With Jerome Simpson set to serve a three-game suspension to start the season, the Vikings have hoped Jenkins would form a receiver rotation with Percy Harvin and Devin Aromashodu. Jenkins' camp performance would put him on the bubble, but usually a veteran who accepts a training camp pay cut makes the team after the change is complete.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson carried on only a handful of plays during team drills Tuesday and wasn't touched by the defense, according to the Associated Press.
Rookie cornerback Josh Robinson is expected to make his preseason debut Friday against the Buffalo Bills, according to the Star Tribune.
Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press wonders if reduced snaps will increase defensive end Brian Robison's sack total.
Green Bay Packers receiver Greg Jennings has now missed 11 days of practice because of a concussion, notes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. Acknowledged coach Mike McCarthy: "Well, it's a long time."
Receiver Tori Gurley has made a move on the Packers' No. 6 receiver job, according to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Rookie quarterback B.J. Coleman's chances of making the Packers' 53-man roster aren't great, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Silverstein: "What they've seen are glimpses of promise and bundles of 'Oh, boy.'"
Detroit Lions fullback James Bryant is in the mix to make the team's final roster, writes Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com.
Lions receiver Nate Burleson reported to training camp this year at 194 pounds, about 10 pounds lighter than last season, notes Rod Beard of the Detroit News.
Veteran linebacker Ashlee Palmer is proving versatile this summer to the Lions, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery is pleased with the work of first-round draft pick Shea McClellin. Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com has more.
Rookie tight end Evan Rodriguez is making an impact on the Bears' special teams, writes Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.
It's a different world for Nick Roach at middle linebacker for the Bears, writes Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times.