Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler told the Chicago Sun-Times the team's offensive players will soon be getting together for workouts.
Cutler said, "Now is the time for everyone to kind of get together and brush it off, and we're going to do that here in the next couple of weeks. Everything is locked and loaded."
Asked if it could happen this week, Cutler said, "Maybe. We'll see. We're about to do something here soon enough. But no one is probably going to know about it."
Noting that players in attendance will be on the offensive side of the ball, Cutler said, "I mean, those defenders have been in the system for eight years, nine years. "What are they gonna do? What am I going to tell Lach (linebacker Brian Urlacher)? 'Your drop is a little short. Sorry, buddy.' Offensively, we have a lot of room to improve."
Cutler said his knee, which was injured in the team's conference championship game loss to Green Bay, is "good to go. It feels good."
He was also pleased to see the team select tackle Gabe Carimi in the first round of the draft.
"I love it, anytime an offensive guy gets picked," Cutler said. "To me, it's like a new toy we get to play with, so it's fun."
The Lions began their second set of player workouts taking place this week (June 6) at Birmingham Detroit Country Day High School.
Notable participants were wide receiver Titus Young and running back Mikel Leshoure, both second-round picks. Young was at the previous workouts, but this is the first time for Leshoure.
Said quarterback Matthew Stafford, "I'm happy they're here. We're going to try to make it as easy on them as possible and then catch them up to speed as much as we can."
"I thought we got a lot of work done today," Leshoure said. "I had a cramp earlier, so I sat out a little bit toward the end of the workout, but I got a little bit of the mental part down. We'll probably get some work in Wednesday, when more guys get here and we get a little bit more time."
Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh hasn't been at any of the workouts, nor has first-round pick, defensive tackle Nick Fairley.
Said center Dominic Raiola of Suh's absence, "He'll be here. Whoever doesn't show up is not being looked at as guys that are dodging this, or non-team players. Everybody's still going to be looked at the same. Nobody's going to be like, 'You weren't here. You're a step behind.' It's nothing like that. It's totally voluntary."
"I just texted with him a few times," said defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch. "He's got a lot of stuff going on. I don't know if he's coming in later in the week or not. I'd be happy to see him."
Vanden Bosch isn't worried about Suh being in shape. He said, "One good thing with Suh is, he showed it last year, and obviously he showed it throughout his college career: He's one of the hardest workers I've been around. You know he's working out, you know he's in shape. Last time I saw him, he had shoulder surgery right after the season, and he was as strong as ever, in great shape."
Burleson's elbow experiences swelling at times that makes it the size of a softball. That happened Wednesday, and the Detroit Free Press reported he will have minor surgery to drain the fluid and have a bursa sac removed.
The Free Press also reported that tight end Brandon Pettigrew was on hand and has noticeably lost weight. He hopes to play at 255 pounds this season instead of 270.
Fairley has not participated in any of the team's player-organized workouts, but defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch isn't worried. Vanden Bosch said he had an opportunity to talk with Fairley at the team's charity golf tournament Tuesday
"He's a good kid," Vanden Bosch said. "He's excited about being a part of our group, and we welcome him. He's one of us. He's going to help me, help our unit be a dominant group next year, so it was good to meet him."
Asked if he tried to convince Fairley to come to the player workouts rather than go to Washington, Vanden Bosch said, "My freshman year (at Nebraska), I got an opportunity to go to the White House, so I wouldn't pass on that opportunity."
Green Bay Packers
The Green Back Packers announced Eliot Wolf as their assistant director of player personnel.
Wolf has spent seven seasons with the organization, including the past three as assistant director of pro personnel. He was a pro personnel assistant his first four seasons.
Wolf has worked with scouting teams during the season and has been involved with college scouting during the offseason.
"Eliot is an important part of our personnel staff," general manager Ted Thompson said. "Over the years, his responsibilities and duties have continued to grow. His contributions to our efforts in pro scouting have been tremendous, and he has taken on more in the college scouting and draft preparations. We believe this adjustment is an appropriate recognition of his continued growth within our personnel group."