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NFL Training Camp Reports: NFC North 5th August

The season starts this weekend for one of the teams in the NFC North, here is the low down on the division.


Green Bay Packers

The main news out of Green Bay, Wisconsin is that Brett Hundley and Eddie Lacy missed some/all of practice with injuries. Aaron Rodgers was never expected to play in the Hall of Fame Game, in fact, Hundley was expected to start and play most of the game. Instead, both Hundley and Rodgers are unlikely to play, meaning the Packers will be starting undrafted free agent Joe Callahan. Hundley was reportedly “nicked up” and it isn’t serious, and Rodgers will just be sitting out to avoid injury.

Meanwhile, OL Don Barclay apparently looks more mobile and is showing versatility along the line. This is good news for a team looking for a better performance from their OL in 2016.

Detroit Lions

More QB news. Matt Stafford has looked very good entering his first full season with offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. In fact, he only just threw his first interception this training camp in 11-on-11 drills yesterday. He’s also really showing off his leadership. This is good news for our Offensive Breakout Candidate for the Lions, Marvin Jones

Again, the defensive line did well in 1-on-1’s, often winning their matchups. However, C Travis Swanson does seem to be claiming the starting Center role and he cemented that with a win against A’Shawn Robinson, who beat his biggest competitor, Gabe Ikard.

Chicago Bears

Most of the news coming out of Chicago regards injuries. Star receiver Alshon Jeffery suffered a “mild hamstring issue” per his head coach John Fox. There was good news though. Recently acquired linebacker Danny Tevathan was back at practice today, as was star o-lineman Kyle Long and 1st round pick Leonard Floyd. These are big boosts for the Bears.

Also, the defense looks a lot better and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was seen dancing at one point following a successful goal-line period. Furthermore, several defensive players are really standing out. 3rd round pick Jonathan Bullard has really impressed, OLB’s Willie Young and Lamarr Houston are apparently “light years ahead of last year.” Safety Deon Bush and DL Akiem Hicks have both flashed, too.

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings seem to be honing in on a few starting sets. The defense has been working a lot on their nickel package with Danielle Hunter, Bryan Robison, Tom Johnson and Everson Griffen on the d-line, Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr at linebacker and Captain Munnerlyn joining the regular secondary as the slot corner.

Meanwhile on offense, Stefon Diggs, Charles Johnson and Adam Thielen are cementing their roles as the starting trio of receivers. First round pick Laquon Treadwell and veteran Jarius Wright are trying to break into that group. Diggs is also looking good and has already started making highlight reel catches whilst building on his chemistry with Bridgewater.

 


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.

NFL Training Camp Reports: NFC North 5th August

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