After nearly a week of training camp practices, what have we learned about some of the pressing issues that were facing the teams in the NFC North when camp began late last week?
GREEN BAY PACKERS
Issue: Could Green Bay finally find some consistency in the run game to pair with their explosive passing game? The last three years, the Green Bay Packers' rushing offense has ranked 20th, 27th and 24th.
What we've learned so far: The Packers drafted two running backs -- Alabama's Eddie Lacy in the second round and UCLA's Johnathan Franklin in the fourth – but are going with a running back-by-committee approach to begin camp.
ESPN's Kevin Seifert reports that Alex Green opened camp getting first-team reps.
On Day 2, James Starks, who has missed 26 games in his first three NFL seasons, was impressive.
Franklin got first reps in the first padded practice and Lacy has shown flashes of being a good power back.
The Packers seem to have a nice mix of different styles, it's just a matter of finding the right one that fits their offense.
Quotable: "We'll be better, I promise you that," Packers head coach Mike McCarthy told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel of the run game. "Big letters."
Issue: How is the Bears' revamped offensive line coming together? In each of the last three seasons, the Bears have ranked in the top eight in the NFL in sacks allowed. All told, Bears quarterbacks have been put on their keister 149 times the last three years.
What we've learned so far: They drafted a physical freak at guard in Kyle Long. Signed Jermon Bushrod, a Pro Bowl left tackle, and picked up guard Matt Slauson.
Chicagobears.com reporter Larry Mayer says the main competition is at right guard, where rookie Long and second-year pro James Brown have been splitting reps in practice. The other four positions have been regularly manned by Bushrod, Slauson (left guard), Roberto Garza (center) and J'Marcus Webb (right tackle).
Quotable: "I thought the defense had the jump-start on us today, and we have to clean up some of the things inside, and we'll do that," Bears head coach Marc Trestman told the Chicago Sun-Times after the offensive line struggled in the Bears' first padded practice Sunday.
"That's pretty normal for the first time, usually the defense has the jump and it usually evens out in the end. As we went along during practice, we cleaned things up."
Issue: The pressure is on quarterback Christian Ponder to produce. Ponder, who's entering his third season, had a quarterback rating of 81.2 last season, which was 23rd among quarterbacks who threw at least 100 passes last year.
What we've learned so far: Most reports out of Minnesota early on are that Ponder is struggling with consistency and accuracy. Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune called Ponder "consistently inconsistent early in camp." In Monday's 11-on-11 competition, Craig said Ponder completed four of 12 passes.
It's pretty early in the process to start panicking if you're a Vikings fan, but you're probably hoping for better news than this coming off a playoff year.
Quotable: "You don't want to just write those turnovers off," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier told the Sports Xchange after the incompletions started to mount up from Ponder the first couple days of camp.
"You want to try to dissect them and figure out why they happened and what we can do to correct them. When we watch tape, we talk about what we did well and what we didn't do well and try to make those corrections. But you don't gloss over them, even if it is just the second day of training camp."
Issue: The biggest issue facing the Lions in camp is how well they'll adjust to three new starters along the offensive line. After being a model of consistency upfront the last three seasons, the Lions will be starting a new left tackle, right guard and right tackle in 2013.
What we've learned so far: Second-year tackle
Outside of that, nothing is really decided, and might not be for some time yet.
The team began camp splitting first-team reps at right guard among a number of players, but
Quotable: "Jason Fox has been here. Even though last year was his first healthy year, he spent a lot time on the practice field with us,” head coach Jim Schwartz said of his offensive line.
"Same thing with Corey Hilliard. Guys like Jake Scott and