We're Black and Blue All Over:
Detroit Lions tailback Jahvid Best, whose speed seemed questionable last season during a long stretch when he was playing with turf toe injuries, is part of a group of NFL players working out at a Nike camp this week. (Green Bay Packers receiver Greg Jennings is another.) Lions fans everywhere will be encouraged by what Best tweeted after Tuesday's workout:
"Speed workout done... still got the jets... feet feel good!"
There are two lines of thought on Best's rookie season. One was that the turf toes limited his speed and quickness, preventing more of the kind of breakout games he had in Week 2 against the Philadelphia Eagles. The other was that NFL defenses quickly adjusted to his game. After all, there are relatively few players who can flat-out run away from the field at the professional level.
The Lions believed Best was one of those players, and the turf toe injuries were serious enough to give him and them the benefit of the doubt on that. But it would be nice to see him put together more than a few explosive games in 2011.
Continuing around the NFC North:
The Lions hosted Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure at their facility Tuesday, according to the team's website.
Lions kick returner/cover man Stefan Logan has joined those who are unhappy with the NFL's new kickoff rule, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
The Chicago Bears have drafted 18 defensive backs under general manager Jerry Angelo, notes Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald.
Bears tight end Greg Olsen is hopeful the team will give him a contract extension, writes Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.
Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette on defensive lineman Johnny Jolly: "It would take a skilled psychologist to determine what goes through the mind of an NFL player that had the world at his fingertips and willfully let it all slip away."
Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier, offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave and quarterbacks coach Craig Johnson were among those who worked out Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder on Tuesday, according to Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.