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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
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    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.

     
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    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/

     

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Countdown to camp: All eyes on safety spot

Posted Jul 22, 2013

Young cornerback group will also get chance to impress

 

DBs Casey Hayward, M.D. Jennings, and Morgan Burnett at OTAs - VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

The following is the eighth installment in a series of stories examining the Packers’ roster position by position. This installment examines the defensive backs.

GREEN BAY—The headline story for the defensive backfield in training camp is who’s going to win the starting safety job alongside Morgan Burnett. But the competition at cornerback won’t be any less fierce.

Burnett enters camp with a new contract, and by the end of camp he’s expected to have a new full-time partner. Young pros Jerron McMillian and M.D. Jennings will duke it out, and while conventional wisdom says the hard-hitting McMillian is the better in-the-box run supporter and Jennings is the better coverage centerfielder, it’s dangerous to pigeonhole prospects with so much room to grow.

For all his prowess as a hitter, McMillian had the better coverage numbers in 2012. He had one interception as a rookie, with a defensive penalty on a teammate and a replay review taking away two others. He also knocked down 13 passes.

That’s more than twice as many passes defended as Jennings (six, with one pick), who for the supposed questions about his physicality racked up tackles at a much higher rate than McMillian (46 to 30).

In short, any preconceived notions about the players may no longer apply, and it’s best to let the competition play out. The youth movement at safety in the absence of Charles Woodson also includes second-year pro Sean Richardson, practice-squad holdover Chaz Powell and undrafted rookie David Fulton.

The potential wild card could be Richardson, who made the team as an undrafted rookie last year but saw action in only five games before a neck injury ended his season. Richardson, whose neck surgery was done by the same doctor who operated on Peyton Manning, sat out OTAs and minicamp this spring and has been eyeing training camp as his return, though that’s not a given.

The only given at cornerback is that the top four at the position are Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, Casey Hayward and Davon House, but the pecking order isn’t necessarily set.

Cornerbacks Coach Joe Whitt Jr. has said on multiple occasions that “the best players will play,” and he’s going to let their performance decide the two starters, the nickel and the dime. How it shakes out promises to be fun to watch.

Williams is the veteran leader of the bunch who takes pride in drawing the assignment of the opponent’s top pass-catcher, Shields accepted a one-year tender offer and is playing for a long-term deal, Hayward snagged six interceptions last year and was in the conversation for Defensive Rookie of the Year, and House was the star of last summer’s training camp before an injury derailed his progress once again.

As a rookie in 2011, House hurt his hamstring and hardly played. Last year, his shoulder sidelined him nearly half the season and then required a harness, a limitation he has tossed aside for 2013.

“We all can play outside, inside, the whole nine,” Williams said as OTAs wrapped up this spring. “That’s the thing about this DB group. Everyone is versatile enough to move in, move out.

 “We have a lot of depth, obviously. Over the past years, I don’t think we had as much depth as we do now. It’s definitely going to be a good training camp, great competition. It’s going to be something to see when training camp starts.”

That depth includes veteran special-teams ace Jarrett Bush and a handful of young unknowns. Micah Hyde was drafted in the fifth round out of Iowa, Loyce Means was signed from the Canadian Football League, James Nixon returns after a season on Green Bay’s practice squad, and the undrafted Brandon Smith is a converted wide receiver.

All of them flashed some ability during the spring, and it didn’t go unnoticed.

“The first thing I realized is they’re really smart,” Williams said of the young group. “It’s not easy to pick up this defense. Those guys came in and are doing an excellent job picking up the defense. They’re not making many mental errors at all. Anytime you can do that, you always give yourself a chance to make the team.”

Williams was in their shoes six years ago, surprising many by making the roster in 2007 despite starting well down the depth chart behind Woodson, Al Harris, Bush, returning nickel back Patrick Dendy, free-agent pickup Frank Walker and former fourth-round pick Will Blackmon.

“When you’re with the Packers, you’re always going to get a fair shot,” Williams said. “That’s the way I felt when I got here. The Packers gave me a fair shot and I took advantage of it. Just that advice by itself encourages the guys that you’re not just here to be a camp body or anything like that. You’re here, and if you make your mark, you’re definitely going to be rewarded for it.”

QBs - Rodgers on pace for greatness
RBs - Lacy, Franklin offer hope

TEs - Well worth watching, storylines abound
WRs - 'Big three' will lead
OL - Right tackle up for grabs
DL - Packers counting on young DL
ILB - Packers believe they have depth at ILB

 
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