Announcement Podcast Paroxysm talks NBA with SI.com's Lee Jenkins ×

NFC North Know-it-all 6/20/13

May 29, 2013; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) talks with wide receiver Greg Jennings (15) at organized team activities at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Knowing what the Chicago Bears is up to is one thing, but knowing the competition is another. Get a leg up by reading about the recent news on the competition in the NFC North. And what does all the news mean for the Bears? Well, I’ll tell you…

Mini-camps rap up this week, and so do the cuts for the time being. Warning: news may be slow until mid-July. 

Detroit Lions

The biggest news out of the motor city this week was that the Lions added former Jaguars tight end Matt Veldman to the roster. Veldman spent last year on the Jags injured reserve list as he suffered an ACL tear during preseason. He currently has no stats to date in the NFL. Sooo I honestly have no idea what sort of impact he will have. But since the Lions already have a decent TE in Tony Sheffler, I don’t see him making a dent really.

Green Bay Packers

Packers released inside linebacker Desmond Bishop this week. The Packers resigned linebackers Brad Jones and AJ Hawk to new deals, and I guess Bishop was the one left out of the conversation. That’s not terrible news for the Bears, seeing as the Packers will just have one less experienced linebacker going at Jay Cutler this season. But the Bishop release is conjuring up a little rumor mill as to where he will sign.

I guess Brett Favre must have sneezed on Donald Driver. The recently retired wide receiver said that he would come back if the Packers asked him to. Uhm, so basically what you’re saying is that the Packers didn’t want you so you retired? Sounds about right.

Minnesota Vikings

The Bishop rumor mill started with the Minnesota Vikings just hours after he was released. The inside linebacker visited and worked out with the team on Wednesday, and is looking to make a decision on a team after he meets with the Kansas City Chiefs. Not that he’s going to help the Vikings defense anywhere where it needs to be.

Gotta love all the hype and chatter about wide receiver Greg Jennings. This week Jennings told 1500ESPN.com that he “loves” quarterback Christian Ponder. Jennings said, “I love his personality, I love his demeanor on the field.” Jennings has worked with some great quarterbacks, and he “LOVES” Ponder? He must know something that the entire world doesn’t, because I didn’t see anything special. Personality might be great, but that doesn’t win games.

Topics: Chicago Bears, Christian Ponder, Desmond Bishop, Greg Jennings, NFC North, NFC North Know-it-all

Want more from Bear Goggles On?  
Subscribe to FanSided Daily for your morning fix. Enter your email and stay in the know.
  • 3kolu

    I totally disagree Heather when it comes to Bishop helping the already loaded Vikings defense. He would give them depth, playmakiing, ability and another veteran presence in the prime of his career (28 years old) at the very least. The Vikings are going to be a top 10 defense this year with the D line elite, big, fast and nasty corners on the outside and serious depth in the 3rd level(CB’s) and a hard hitting tandem on the 4th(safeties). The only question mark will be the LB corp, but remember they have the second leading tackler in Chad Greenway and they got a steal in the 4th with Gerald Hodges who fits perfectly into their Tampa 2 defense and the veteran Erin Henderson who has position flexibility at either the WILL or the MIKE, Bishop would help push this LB crew to the next level.

  • 3kolu

    Also,let’s compare Ponder to the “Awesome” Jay Cutler, how many Super bowl rings does Cutler have. In fact wasn’t it the Vikings who put the nail in the Bears coffin last year. Expect, Cutler to be on his back a lot when Da Cubs play the Vikes. Cu’ttler is going to struggle with our secondary because you don’t have anyone beyond Marshall. And, look at the film of Xavier Rhodes on Alshon Jeffery, we are going to be matchup nightmare in the secondary when Cutler gets to breathe which will be few and far between. I believe the Vikes are going to take 2 this year from the Bears, your only chance is that swirling, ridiculous wind at Soldier field.

  • Damon

    I think you’re just sad that everyone thinks Jay Cutler is a sullen little frat boy. He’s a decent QB and a miserable teammate.