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    “Ask Vic Day” will include dinner and a movie, an “Ask Vic Live,” and a few other surprises along the way. The event will be held on July 23, 2014, at Lambeau Field. Registration will begin at 4 pm with a 5 pm kickoff. Door prizes will be awarded during the reception.

    Cost per person is $35 (tax included).

  • Thu., Jul. 24, 2014 11:00 AM CDT Shareholders Meeting

    The Green Bay Packers 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held Thursday, July 24, at 11 a.m., at Lambeau Field. The meeting will take place rain or shine.

  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 6:00 PM CDT Packers 1K Kids Run

    Back to Football also includes the 1K Kids Run, presented by WPS Health Insurance. Kids 10 years old and younger will have the opportunity to run a Lambeau Lap on Friday, July 25, at 6 p.m. Registration for the Kids Run is $10 and all participants will receive a Packers 1K Run t-shirt, a logoed bag and a participant medal.

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    Movie Night at Lambeau Field will return this year on Friday, July 25, following the 1K Kids Run. The event is free and open to the public, and concessions will be available throughout the movie. More details will be announced at a later date.

    Time listed above is subject to change.

  • Sat., Jul. 26, 2014 6:30 PM CDT Packers 5K Run/Walk

    The fifth annual ‘5K Run/Walk at Lambeau Field,’ is set for Saturday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m.

    The computer-timed run is highlighted by a neighborhood route that ultimately takes participants into Lambeau Field and around the famed gridiron. The event has a special finish line – the Packers’ ‘G’ painted on turf located in the parking lot.

    All participants will receive a Packers 5K Run T-shirt, a logoed bag, and a bib number and timing chip. To celebrate the race’s fifth anniversary, all participants will receive a commemorative medal. In addition, photos will be taken on the course and will be available at no cost on the Packers 5K Run website.

    Packers-themed awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group. An awards ceremony will take place following the conclusion of the race.

    Registration, which is $25 for adults and $15 for children (12 and younger), will be available online beginning Friday, May 23, at www.packers.com/5k. Mail-in registration is also an option, with forms available online and in person at Lambeau Field. Runners can also register at the Bellin Run Expo on Friday, June 13, at Astor Park in Green Bay. Early registration is encouraged. After July 13, registration fees will increase to $30 and $20, respectively.

  • Thu., Jul. 31, 2014 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT PPCC Annual Reception

    The Packers Partners Annual Reception is set for Thursday, July 31, 2014 in the Lambeau Field Atrium from 4:00 PM- 7:00 PM.

    Packers Jarrett Boykin, Eddie Lacy, Datone Jones and DuJuan Harris will appear at the reception. The event will include a Player Guest Q&A, a Meet & Greet with a Packers Alumni and a Raffle Drawing.

    This is a member’s only event. Invitations will be mailed the week of June 23rd, and online registration will open at 9 am CDT on June 25th and will close on July 11th at 5 pm CDT. 

    Invitations will include all of this information and additional details.

    To sign up to become a member of the Packers Partners Club of Champions and receive an invitation to the reception, fans can go to www.packers.com/ppcc.

     

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Alex Green geared up for roster competition

Posted Jul 1, 2013

Healthier now, third-year Packers RB prepared for competitive training camp

GREEN BAY—With a draft-and-develop team, the following scenario often unfolds, and it’s inherent in the philosophy.

The “drafted” begin competing with young players who are still “developing.” It’s precisely what is occurring in the Packers’ offensive backfield, and it’s why Mike McCarthy was confident in proclaiming to the media in “big letters” as OTAs wrapped up that Green Bay’s ground game would improve in 2013.

Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin are the drafted, with Angelo Pease an undrafted rookie. DuJuan Harris, Alex Green and James Starks are still developing. There aren’t enough handoffs, or roster spots to go around, and every player involved knows it.

“It’s going to be very competitive,” Green said of the upcoming training camp. “Every back on the roster is capable of being a contributor to the offense, from the drafted to free agents. It’s going to be good for everybody. It’s going to push everybody in the backfield to get better.”

Himself included, Green believes. Now that he’s another year removed from reconstructive knee surgery, the third-round pick in 2011 may be the biggest wildcard in this competition.

He got his chance to be the feature back last season when Cedric Benson was lost for the year in Week 5, and despite how he felt at the time, Green’s rebuilt knee wasn’t ready for the workload.

He had 20-plus carries in three straight games (Weeks 6-8, a stretch that coincided with the one-year anniversary of his torn ACL), and as the year wore on, the knee wore down. A late-season concussion led to a full week of inactivity, which only created more stiffness and soreness, and Green didn’t play in the regular-season finale or the two playoff games.

He finished with a team-high 464 yards but averaged just 3.4 yards per carry. Only two of 135 rushes went for longer than 15 yards. The numbers were disappointing, but Green didn’t consider it a lost year by any means.

“It was a great learning experience,” he said, before elaborating on what he learned. “My aiming point through the holes, the reads, watching the safety rotations. Just slowing the game down a little bit and letting the game come to me and being patient.

“They were little things I didn’t really learn before I got here.”

Green continued to apply those lessons during OTAs. He and Starks got their share of reps with the No. 1 offense, with Harris sidelined and the rookies still learning the system.

Whether the depth chart stays like that for the start of training camp isn’t known, but it’s also irrelevant. The competition starts in earnest then.

Now that he was healthy enough to participate in his first offseason program and, unlike last year, he won’t have his attentions in camp divided between football and rehab, Green can’t wait.

“I’ll still be the same guy, giving it my all. It just might be a little more this year now that I’m healthy,” he said. “You have to get better every day and put the pressure on the guys upstairs to make their decisions.”

Barring injury, Lacy and Franklin as second- and fourth-round draft picks, are roster locks. The spark Harris provided down the stretch last season excited the offensive coaches. Starks, the 2010 playoff hero as a rookie, is still trying to get through one season healthy, and, neither last nor least, there’s Green, promising more to offer than a year ago.

He’s not naïve. He knows what’s at stake. He can’t really be the “same guy” in 2013 or he won’t have a 2013, at least not in Green Bay.

The “developing” needs to take hold now, because the “drafted” have begun their development, too.

“It’s going to get down to the nitty and gritty, but we’re all tuned in, especially the older guys like me, Starks,” Green said. “We understand, but at the same time, we’re not going to lie down and roll over. We’re going to continue to fight and see how it turns out.”

 
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