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  • 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
  • Sat., Jun. 07, 2014 8:30AM - 3:30PM CDT JPP Kids Clinic

    The 17th annual Junior Power Pack Kids Clinic is set for Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the Don Hutson Center with sessions ranging from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic gives members ages 5-14 years old the opportunity to practice football skills and drills with other Packers backers and a few up-and-coming Packers players.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to come and watch their child/ren participate in the clinic. 

    Members may choose one of three sessions to attend:

    • Session 1 – 8:30 to 10 a.m.
    • Session 2 – 11 to 12:30 p.m.
    • Session 3 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.

    The event will be held inside the Don Hutson Center, the Packers indoor practice facility. Parking for the event is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate.  

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic is a member’s only event and will have a registration fee of $5.

    Deadline to register:

    • New Members – May 11, 2014
    • Current Members – May 18, 2014

    To sign up to become a member of the Junior Power Pack and receive an invitation to the clinic fans can go to www.packers.com/jpp.

  • Sat., Jun. 14, 2014 2:30PM CDT Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer

    The eleventh annual Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer motorcycle ride will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The ride will start at Vandervest Harley-Davidson (1966 Velp Avenue, Green Bay) and will make a fun-filled stop at the Seymour Fireman's Picnic, held at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds in Seymour.

    Ride Day Schedule

    • 9-10:30 am: Registration at Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Geen Bay
    • 11 am: Depart Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Green Bay
    • 12 pm: Arrive in Seymour. Enjoy food, beverages, entertainment and a short program.
    • 2:30 pm: Party kicks off at the new South Endzone Festival Foods MVP Deck at Lambeau Field! Guests can access the space by way of the Shopko Gate. See the field and enjoy the atmosphere from this beautiful indoor/outdoor space newly opened and accessed by very few. The party will include silent and live auction, food, beverages, music and merchandise available for purchase.

    More information: http://cruiseforcancer.org/




Countdown to camp: ‘Big three’ will lead wide receivers

Posted Jul 17, 2013

Battles for remaining roster spots will get attention

WR Randall Cobb's 80 receptions last season tied for the most of any single receiver since QB Aaron Rodgers took over as the starter. VIEW WR PHOTO GALLERY

The following is the fourth installment in a series of stories that’s examining the Packers’ roster position by position. This installment examines the wide receivers.

GREEN BAY—The No. 1 receiver for the Green Bay Packers changes by the week, if not by the series. That may frustrate fantasy football players to no end, but it works for Aaron Rodgers and his offense.

Last season, Randall Cobb led the Packers receiving corps in catches and yards. James Jones topped the crew in TDs. Jordy Nelson was best in yards per catch.

How those categories will shake out in 2013 is anyone’s guess, but barring injury, it’s a good bet the “big three” will have their names at or near the top of the various lists once again.

The interesting question is whether anyone’s individual numbers will truly jump off the page this season, a difficult task amidst such depth and talent.

Cobb’s 80 receptions last year were the most by a receiver since Rodgers took over as the starter (tying the departed Greg Jennings’ 80 catches in 2008). Rodgers has called Cobb a potential “100-catch guy,” but that hasn’t happened in Green Bay since Robert Brooks caught 102 in 1995.

Jones’ 14 TD catches led the league, and was within shouting distance of Sterling Sharpe’s franchise record of 18, as was Nelson’s 15 the year prior.

Nelson’s 15.2 yards per catch signaled a significant drop from the year before (18.6). Jones had a similar falloff from 16.7 to 12.3 as the offense lost some of its big-play mojo. Here’s a good trivia question: The last Packers receiver with at least two dozen receptions to average 20 yards per grab for a full season was Walter Stanley back in 1986 (20.7).

Should a revamped ground game earn respect from defenses and return the Packers to their big-play ways of 2011, who knows?

The real intrigue as far as training camp is concerned, however, comes after the big three.

The fourth and fifth (and maybe sixth) spots are up for grabs, with candidates aplenty. Nine receivers beyond the big three give the Packers an even dozen heading into camp.

The returnees are Jarrett Boykin and Jeremy Ross, both of whom Rodgers has praised for their work ethic and attention to detail. Boykin made the roster as an undrafted rookie last year and caught five passes on the season, none bigger than a fourth-down conversion at Minnesota with a defender blanketing him and ultimately twisting Boykin’s ankle with an awkward tackle, an injury that rendered Boykin inactive in the postseason.

Ross’ strength is in the return game, and if he’s the best option at that spot, he could influence how many receivers are kept on the final roster.

The rest of the candidates are rookies, headed by seventh-round draft picks Charles Johnson and Kevin Dorsey. Injuries prevented either player from making a big splash during OTAs, but if healthy, the two hope to make their combination of size and speed tough to miss in camp. It’s only fitting that in the first year of Donald Driver’s retirement the Packers found a pair of prospects in the seventh round, the same round in which Driver was drafted in 1999.

The remaining five – Sederrik Cunningham, converted quarterback Alex Gillett, Terrell Sinkfield, Tyrone Walker and Myles White – all went undrafted and have a long, tough road to a roster spot, but don’t count anyone out.

Last year, all the pre-camp attention was on which practice-squad holdover would make the team, Tori Gurley or Diondre Borel. Neither did, and the undrafted rookie Boykin won a job instead.

Previously featured in "Countdown to camp":
QBs - Rodgers on pace for greatness
RBs - Lacy, Franklin offer hope

TEs - Well worth watching, storylines abound

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