QB Jay Cutler is adjusting to an offense that requires him to throw to a spot, regardless of whether an open receiver occupies it when the ball is released.
The tight end with the bad knee and hard-to-pronounce name to whom the Bears gave too much money participated in one of two Saturday practice sessions.
LB Brian Urlacher and C Olin Kreutz were held out of the second practice; coach Lovie Smith said Urlacher’s absence had nothing to do with a dislocated wrist that knocked him out of 15 games last year.
Will the presence of DE Julius Peppers result in fewer blitzes from the Bears?
Receiver coach Darryl Drake says that the Bears have their best group of pass catchers since 2004. [Editor’s note: Darryl, it’s “puff, puff, pass,” not “puff, puff, puff . . . puff, puff, puff.”]
Six Lions started camp on the PUP list, including safety Louis Delmas.
RB Kevin Smith, who’s coming back from a torn ACL and trying to hold off rookie Jahvid Best, was cleared to practice with the Lions– and did.
Best has a long way to go to live up to his name; reportedly “rattled” at the start of practice, he dropped a pass and was required to do push ups.
Coach Jim Schwartz was happy with the Lions’ focus and concentration on the first day of practice.
Tom Kowalski thinks that the Commish was too hard on Lions president Tom Lewand.
For the Packers, the slogan for the season could be “Super Bowl or die.”
Packers CB Brandon Underwood still waits to hear whether he’ll be charged with sexual assault or solicitation of prostitution.
A helmet to the back knocked Packers LB Brad Jones out of practice prematurely.
In the battle at left guard between Daryn Colledge and Jason Spitz, Colledge got the first crack with the first team.
Vikings QB Sage Rosenfels will get plenty of work for now; once Brett Favre shows up, Sage likely will be the odd man out.
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson “tightened up a bit” on Saturday in an unspecified area, presumably not his grip on the ball.
Though he’s on the PUP list, Vikings CB Cedric Griffin says that he’s “ready to play football right now.”
So far, so good for quarterback-turned-receiver-turned-quarterback Joe Webb.
Vikings LB Jasper Brinkley, who likely will get bounced to the bench once E.J. Henderson returns, says he has no individual goals, only team goals.