Black, Blue, and Ornery: Monday, May 14th, 2012

Updated: May 14, 2012

Good morning, all! Today is a very special person’s birthday! Nope, I’m not talking about Tony “Goose” Siragusa or Frank Gore. It’s Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg! So, whenever you’re reading the passive-aggressive rants of someone you went to high school with or ignoring another Farmville request today, think of Mark and wish him a Happy Birthday! On to the links . . .

  • Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press believes only time will tell the impact of Detroit Lions rookie wide receiver Ryan Broyles’ ACL injury on his career as a Lion. At this point, Broyles is optimistic about his ability to make an early impact for the team.
  • Justin Rogers of gives us five observations from the Detroit Lions’ rookie minicamp.
  • Detroit Lions rookie defensive back Alonzo Lawrence may have come from a small school, but Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press reports that he has the speed to make an impact in the NFL.
  • According to the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Bears special teams coach Dave Toub is dispelling rumors that Bears wide receiver and special teams ace Devin Hester would no longer be the team’s primary punt returner.
  • The Chicago Tribune also reports that undrafted offensive lineman Troy Brown is an early standout in the Bears’ rookie minicamp. The paper also passes along speculation that off-field issues with drugs led to Brown going undrafted.
  • The Chicago Sun-Times passes along that Chicago Bears rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is making a good first impression on offensive coordinator Mike Tice.
  • Stadium Update: Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune reports that the Viking are happy to leave the Metrodome behind and are excited about moving forward on the new stadium. Team officials stated that it would have been hard to compete with other teams financially if the team had not been unable to reach an agreement with the state.
  • Brian Hall of Fox Sports North analyzes how Minnesota Vikings 1st-round selection Matt Kalil fits not only the team and its offensive line, but the state as well.
  • The Minnesota Vikings’ official site wonders if Dallas Cowboys defensive back Mike Jenkins would be a good fit in the Viking secondary. Although with the additions of Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne, Jenkins is expendable, owner Jerry Jones is claiming he is a vital part of team’s plans.
  • The Green Bay Press-Gazette notes that the outlook is positive for the return of Green Bay Packers running back Alex Green and offensive tackle Derek Sherrod in time for the start of training camp. Tight-end Andrew Quarless, however, may need more time to recover from his reconstructive knee surgery.
  • Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel labels 7th-round supplemental pick Andrew Datko a “boom or bust” prospect.  While I understand what he’s saying about the Packers needing a long-term answer at left tackle, it’d be hard to call a 7th-rounder a bust.
  • With the Friday signing of 1st-round selection Nick Perry, the Green Bay Packers have signed their entire 2012 rookie class.


About the author(s)

Luke Hendricks writes the "Black, Blue and Ornery" NFC North morning links feature for the Water Cooler Sports Network. He is a prolific sports writer of such classics as "BBAO: NFC North News for Monday, August 20th, 2012" and the critically acclaimed "BBAO: NFC North News for Wednesday, July 11th, 2012." Although a confirmed Chicago Bears fan, he is willing to insult old emo quarterback Jay Cutler if the situation calls for it. He enjoys writing the morning news articles, except for the stories about the Minnesota Vikings. He means no offense, but everything about them is boring and hard to write about. He can be reached at [email protected].