NFC North Notes: Packers, Lions, Vikings

The Packers have yet to make a roster move in August, but that’s not necessarily by design, according to GM Ted Thompson, who says it’s just the way it’s worked out for the team. “Sometimes if you keep adding salt to the mix, and it gets too salty,” Thompson added, according to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Let’s round up a few more notes from around the NFC North….

  • Within Dunne’s recap of Thompson’s comments, the GM also addresses the increased practice squad limits, the benefits of keeping a veteran vs. an undrafted player, and what effect the early start to the regular season will have on the Packers‘ roster prep.
  • Receiving depth has been an issue in Detroit for a few years, but the Lions are pleased with their current group of wideouts behind Calvin Johnson, headed by free agent signee Golden Tate. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press has the details.
  • If there was an open competition for the starting left cornerback job with the Vikings, it was news to Captain Munnerlyn, who signed with the team this offseason expecting to be a starter, as he tells Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. With little competition provided by Josh Robinson and others, Munnerlyn will head into the regular season as the Vikes’ top option at the position.
  • Noting that he was “disappointed” by the boos Christian Ponder has received from Vikings fans, offensive coordinator Norv Turner said today that he expects the quarterback to be a valuable part of the team (Twitter link via Matt Vensel of the Star Tribune). Considering Ponder heads into the year as the third QB on the depth chart, the club is probably hoping he doesn’t need to be too valuable this season.
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