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  • Wed., Apr. 16, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Ironwood party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Ironwood: Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort. To benefit Ironwood Volunteer Fire Department. Tickets on sale at Super One Foods, 1480 E. Cloverland Dr., Ironwood, Mich.

  • Thu., Apr. 17, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Superior party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Superior: Superior High School. To benefit the National Bank Commerce Spartan Sports Complex. Tickets on sale at Screen Graphics, 1327 Banks Ave., Superior.

  • Fri., Apr. 18, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Rice Lake party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Rice Lake: Barron County Fairgrounds. To benefit Benjamin’s House. Tickets on sale at Marketplace Foods, 330 S. Main St., Rice Lake; and Rainbow Home Center, 1124 Hammond Ave., Rice Lake.

  • Sat., Apr. 19, 2014 12:30PM - 3:00PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Merrill party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Merrill: MARC. To benefit Riverbend Trail. Tickets on sale at Merrill Chamber of Commerce, 705 N. Center Ave., Merrill; Dave’s County Market, 300 E. 1st St., Merrill; and Drew’s Piggly Wiggly, 3404 E. Main St., Merrill. Tickets also available online at www.merrillchamber.org.

  • Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 8:00AM - 6:00PM CDT Packers Pro Shop Tent Sale

    The sale is taking place earlier than in previous years, due to the construction at Lambeau Field and the work that the Pro Shop team must complete in preparation for the new store, which will open this summer. Visitors to Lambeau Field should enter the Atrium through the Oneida Nation Gate. Parking is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate, which can be accessed off Oneida Street and Lombardi Avenue.

    The sale will feature the traditional mix of Pro Shop items greatly reduced in price and other special purchases.

    The team’s football operations staff also has provided Packers team apparel no longer in use, including a large assortment of t-shirts, shorts, jackets, jerseys and pants. Some items are practice-worn gear not normally available in the Pro Shop.

    The tent sale began in 1994 in the parking lot outside the former Pro Shop on the north end of Lambeau Field and grew into a popular event. Now in its 11th year in the Atrium, the tent sale also was held in the west side stadium concourse in previous years.

     
  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 7:00PM CDT Eddie Lacy appearance 22nd Annual Doug Jirschele Memorial Sports Award Banquet

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Benson makes statement in win over Bengals

Posted Aug 23, 2012

CINCINNATI – Any doubts about Cedric Benson’s ability to contribute in the West Coast offense were erased on Thursday night.

Making his preseason debut for the Packers, Benson sparked the offense with six carries for 38 yards, plus one reception for 10 more yards. He accumulated that production on the Packers’ second and third scoring drives of the first half as the No. 1 offense put up 17 points in a 27-13 victory at Paul Brown Stadium.

“Did you see that?” receiver Greg Jennings said, imitating how his teammates were reacting in the huddle and on the sideline. “If nothing else, (he brings) excitement. A name back, who’s proven, who you know can get the job done.

“He’s going to be a huge asset in this offense. He’s going to be one of those guys who’ll make us go.”

Benson got off to a dynamite start with runs of 8 and 9 yards on his first two carries, when he entered the game on Green Bay’s third series. Those yards helped lead to a touchdown.

Two series later, he burst up the middle for 11 yards and then caught the checkdown for a 10-yard gain. On most of his runs, the Packers were in a spread formation in the shotgun, which leaves fewer defenders – as few as six sometimes – in the “box” to play the run.

Benson said it reminded him of his final two years in college at Texas, seeing the middle of the field open up like that.

“It’s like a kid in a candy store,” Benson said. “All I have to do is press the hole, let the linemen get their headgear on one side, and then explode through the hole on the back side. That’s easy work for me.”

Jennings made it look easy at times as well in his preseason debut, having returned from a concussion this week. On the first scoring drive, he snagged a deep comeback for 19 yards off play-action to Benson, and on the next play he caught a short hitch, made cornerback Leon Hall whiff on the tackle, and went for 18 yards.

Jennings said his timing wasn’t all the way back, and he did miss on a couple of connections with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, but he’s moving into ready-mode.

“Absolutely. Anytime you’re able to get back out there with the guys, it feels great,” he said. “Practice is one thing, but the game is a totally different speed. Live bullets. I felt rusty at times, but getting the ball in my hands, hitting the ground, making a few guys miss, it felt good.”

There were a number of positive signs on the defensive side, too. Cornerback Tramon Williams was matched against receiver A.J. Green and blanketed him on a pair of go routes toward the end zone in the first half. On the second one, Williams reached up one-handed and nearly picked the ball off.

Outside linebacker Erik Walden also continued his strong preseason, showing he’ll be a valuable backup on the edge when he returns from his one-game suspension in Week 2.

In the second quarter, the Bengals tried a run at Walden on second-and-goal from the 1, and Walden held the point, forcing running back Cedric Peerman to turn back inside, where a host of tacklers were waiting for him.

The 2-yard loss forced the Bengals to throw on third down, and Walden came unblocked off the blind side for a 9-yard sack, forcing a field goal.

“Don’t miss the layup,” Walden said of the free run at QB Andy Dalton. “It felt good.

“It just shows we’ve got a lot of versatility in our defense. It doesn’t matter who’s in the game, or who comes in, who comes out, you have to prepare for all of us. I think that’s going to be to our advantage this year.”

More depth was on display at inside linebacker, as the newly converted Jamari Lattimore stepped in front of tight end Orson Charles for a pick-six in the fourth quarter.

Lattimore said he’s still not entirely comfortable on the inside after playing outside linebacker as a rookie, but he had seen that route many times in practice, and reserve QB Tyler Hansen threw it right to him. Lattimore had smooth sailing all 27 yards to the end zone.

“When he broke, I was thinking just undercut (the route) like I do in practice, and I’ll be darned if the ball wasn’t coming,” Lattimore said. “My eyes got big and I just wanted to take advantage of the opportunity.”

The battle for backup positions and complementary roles in the defensive backfield continued as well. Cornerback Sam Shields played for the first time in the preseason and atoned for a long completion earlier, and another play he was beat when he fell down, by intercepting a Zac Robinson pass intended for receiver Ryan Whalen along the sideline in the fourth quarter.

“I think we’re going to make a hard decision for the coaches,” Shields said. “Guys were making plays, flying around. It’s going to be a tough decision.”

 

 
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