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NFC North Training Camp roundup 2nd August: Same-old same-old for the Packers

All of the NFC North teams are looking to have a great training camp for various reasons, here is a roundup of their camps thus far.

Green Bay Packers

Training camp seems to be the same-old-same-old for the Packers. Aaron Rodgers is showing off his freaky accuracy and the receivers not named Jordy Nelson or Randall Cobb are being hyped up all the time.

Aside from that, Eddie Lacy is looking very physically fit. The Packers workhorse running back suffered, big-time, last year due to weight issues but following a public grilling by head coach Mike McCarthy he worked to lose the weight this offseason, and he has and it shows.

On the other side of the ball, first round pick Kenny Clark is taking a lot of first-team reps alongside Mike Daniels and Letroy Guion in the Packers base defense.

Detroit Lions

The biggest issue for the Lions over the past few years has been their offensive line and they looked to fix that over the past few drafts, picking a lineman in the first round in the last two drafts. However, it hasn’t seemed to work as the o-line is reportedly struggling so far in camp. That could be due to the Lions very good d-line, but it’s not reassuring that the center’s alone lost 8 of their 9 1-on-1 matchups.

On a more positive note, the receivers seems to be doing a pretty good job in camp so far, which is big for the team as they are now without Calvin Johnson. Particularly free agent signing Marvin Jones who has shown off very reliable hands along with his big play ability.

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings are looking to have a particularly strong training camp in order to prepare for their defense of the NFC North title and there are signs to suggest they are going the right way about it, particularly the receivers.

A few of the receivers, including Moritz Böhringer and Laquon Treadwell, have been turning up early and working with assistant WR coach George Stewart. Treadwell has also been staying behind after sessions to work on various drills. This is all promising for the Vikings young receiving corp.

More promising news is that Bridgewater, having looked to improve his deep ball, has connected a a couple of deep balls with Jarius Wright and Stefon Diggs. Though this must be taken with a grain of salt, it’s good to see that he can throw the ball deep, at least in some situations.

Chicago Bears

Meanwhile, in Chicago, the Bears are looking to bounce back from the basement of the NFC North. But camp has been a mixture of good and bad.

First we’ll get the bad news out of the way. The bears have had a rash of injuries. WR Eddie Royal was carted off with a concussion, tight ends Zach Miller and Ben Braunecker are both missing time, cornerback Kyle Fuller is limited and outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, having been cleared for training, is now dealing with a shoulder injury.

Now onto the better news. Two young receivers have reportedly been lighting it up. Last year’s first round pick Kevin White is making up for lost time and has been showing off his athleticism and big play ability, while this year’s seventh round pick Daniel Braverman has been making virtually every catch and wowing fans, media and players with his performances thus far.

Remy Cabache

Lifetime sports fan. I have written with RealSport since the NFL section started and I have also written for my own blog, EbonyBird.com and I have had several articles published in local newspapers covering my local (American) football team.

NFC North Training Camp roundup 2nd August: Same-old same-old for the Packers

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