We're Black and Blue All Over:
Hello. Hopefully everyone had a great weekend as preseason Week 3 came and went. The NFC North's biggest postgame news was the Green Bay Packers' decision to award Daryn Colledge the starting left guard job he never lost; so in other words it a was a quiet Sunday in these parts.
We're approaching some busier times, however. Many of you have asked about roster cutdown dates, and it's possible that our teams could start paring down from the current 80-man limit at any moment. But the NFL requires all teams to cut their rosters to 75 by Tuesday and to 53 by Saturday.
We'll be watching the waiver wire each day for your convenience. For now, let's take a spin around the division:
One factor in Colledge's victory has been a hip flexor that slowed down rookie competitor Bryan Bulaga, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Wilde addresses the delicate decision facing injured cornerback Al Harris, who said: "I won't step out there too early and I won't step out there too late."
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "Given the booming punt he had in front of a national television audience Thursday night and the consistency he's shown all summer, Tim Masthay deserves to be called the front-runner in the Green Bay Packers' punter competition."
Rookie Sam Shields is a "decent bet" to open the season as the Packers' nickel back, writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler's admission that he is having some trouble "just trusting guys" on the offensive line is alarming to Melissa Isaacson of ESPNChicago.com.
The Bears "are doing a lot of things wrong," writes Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune: "Confidence is chipping away at Halas Hall as the Bears seek answers for an offense that is supposed to vault the franchise back into contention."
Detroit Lions defensive end Willie Young is showing a penchant for making big plays at the end of preseason games, writes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.
Rookie Amari Spievey might have found a home at safety, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Running back Jahvid Best's 51-yard jaunt Saturday could open up a whole new world of opportunity for the Lions, writes John Niyo of the Detroit News.
The Minnesota Vikings will have a tough decision to make this week among their three backup quarterbacks, according to Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.
Rookie Vikings running back Toby Gerhart got 18 snaps with the first team Saturday night, notes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com. That's a sign he might have leapfrogged Albert Young on the depth chart.
Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press looks at the state of the Vikings' offensive line.