The Bears are not the only team in the NFC North getting to work this weekend.
All four teams in the division will host a rookie minicamp. The Bears just happen to be the only one going to work without a first-round draft pick.
In Detroit, No. 1 pick Matthew Stafford will throw his first pass wearing the new Lions' helmet. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew, also a first-round pick, will likely catch one of those passes.
In Minnesota, the Vikings will get their first look at dynamic wide receiver Percy Harvin.
In Green Bay, the Packers will be able to slide tackle B.J. Raji and linebacker Clay Matthews, both first rounders, into their new 3-4 scheme.
*** Chris Williams, the Bears' first-round pick last season, isn't the only lineman who is projected to begin his career at right tackle with an eye toward him eventually moving to the left side. The Bears moved him there when they signed Orlando Pace at the beginning of last month. Left tackle is a position Pace is more familiar with and the Bears can cite the experiences of Jonathan Ogden and Jordan Gross as elite left tackles who started their careers on the other side.
The St. Louis Rams are not replacing Pace with first-round pick Jason Smith, the second player chosen last Saturday. Smith is going to start out at right tackle also. It's not necessarily permanent, but the Rams used Alex Barron at left tackle in a veteran minicamp already and aren't just ready to unscramble their work.
*** Think the Bears are going to have a lot of players on the field today? There are expected to be 43 with nine draft picks, nine undrafted free agents and 25 tryout players. They've got nothing on the Washington Redskins, who will run a full squad minicamp this weekend. The Redskins are expected to have as many as 113 players. Yes, that is more than double the limit of a 53-man roster.
*** The Bears will get going about 12:30 this afternoon. Check back for updates and some Twitter reports.