We're Black and Blue All Over:
Good morning from back at NFC North blog headquarters, where I arrived safely Wednesday night after two days at Green Bay Packers minicamp.
I'm planning to empty my notebook of a round of tidbits picked up over the two practices and access periods, saving a few topics for analysis later this summer. And I'm sorry to report that we in fact will not have a SportsNation chat today as originally indicated.
I wasn't available at the time they wanted me and they didn't have a slot for the time I needed to chat. Sometimes, everyone needs to go back to their corner to regroup. We'll do just that.
For now, our morning tour around the division:
Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman is bringing in a number of quarterbacks from his coaching past, including Rich Gannon and CFL star Anthony Calvillo, as resources for his current group. Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune explains.
Former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia discussed his work with JaMarcus Russell on ESPN 1000. Russell is scheduled for a tryout this week with the Bears.
There is every reason to believe that the production of Bears receiver Brandon Marshall will continue under Trestman, writes Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Detroit Lions Hall of Famer Charlie Sanders told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that rookie tight end Michael Williams could eventually move to tackle.
Lions defensive end Willie Young is ready for his shot, writes Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News.
Fans are applauding the abstinence message of Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, according to Gillian Van Stratt of Mlive.com.
Among the nuggets in Tyler Dunne's story on Packers running backs in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Running back Eddie Lacy weighed in at minicamp at 238 pounds.
The focus of Packers tight end Jermichael Finley seems sharper this spring, writes Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Check out Jason Wilde's blog on ESPNMilwaukee.com for an extended defense of cornerback Tramon Williams from Packers cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt.
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Jacob Lacey will miss the rest of the offseason program after undergoing thumb surgery, notes Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune.
Joe Webb got some work as a punt returner during Wednesday's organized team activity, notes Andrew Krammer of 1500ESPN.com.
Vikings defensive end Jared Allen isn't upset with the Vikings, who appear set to let him play out the final year of his contract. Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has more.