We're Black and Blue All Over:
For insomniac reasons I don't care to get into, I posted a review of the Detroit Lions' rough preseason outing against the Cleveland Browns in the wee hours of Friday morning. A bit later, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported some related news: The Lions will host veteran cornerback Rashean Mathis on a visit Saturday.
Mathis, who turns 33 at the end of this month, parted ways with the Jacksonville Jaguars in March. He made the Pro Bowl in 2006 but has played a full 16-game season only once since then.
The Lions, of course, have been rolling cornerbacks in and out of training camp all summer, and their coverage against the Browns left something to be desired. Browns quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell combined to complete 20 of 26 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns.
Veteran cornerback Ron Bartell has been working with the first team alongside Chris Houston, with Bill Bentley in the nickel and rookie Darius Slay pushing Bartell. The group is deeper than most of the Lions' recent collections, but it makes sense to at least get Mathis on the practice field to see if he can help.
Continuing around the NFC North, noting that links to Lions coverage can be found in the preceding post:
Jon Greenberg of ESPNChicago.com on the performance of quarterback Jay Cutler on Thursday night: "In Cutler's home debut of this make-or-break, this-time-we-mean-it season, QB6 was uniquely himself -- 4-for-5 for 38 yards. Good Jay and Bad Jay." All five of Cutler's passes were targeted at receiver Brandon Marshall.
David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune: "Yet more than anything in four series against the Chargers, Cutler looked like the guy most responsible for getting three previous Bears offensive coordinators fired instead of the player most likely to help Trestman succeed."
Bears rookie Jon Bostic once again left an impression, notes Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune on Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder's second preseason outing Friday night at the Buffalo Bills: "It might only be preseason, but Ponder certainly soon needs to provide evidence he is making strides with his accuracy and decision-making. He must also find a rhythm with a receiving corps that’s mostly new to him."
Ponder likely has three quarters of preseason action ahead of him and needs to get a lot done, writes Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Linebacker Desmond Bishop is on the spot Friday night, notes Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com.
Rookie Green Bay Packers cornerback Micah Hyde has practiced like a player who belongs in the NFL, writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette on Packers defensive tackle Mike Daniels: "[His] explosive, violent rushes have caught notice of his coaches and teammates and suggest he can help upgrade the Packers' inside pass rush as part of a defensive line group that in one offseason has become one of the team's strengths."
It doesn't look like Packers running back DuJuan Harris will play Saturday night against the St. Louis Rams, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.
Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is seeing a different game this summer, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.