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  • 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.

    http://www.packers.com/5k

  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 7:00 PM CDT Movie Night at Lambeau Field

    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.

     
  • Sat., Aug. 02, 2014 5:30 PM CDT Packers Family Night, presented by Bellin Health

    ‘Family Night’ will serve as the introduction of the 2014 Green Bay Packers, in-person to a capacity crowd in Lambeau Field and on television to a state-wide audience.

    The event, which begins with in-stadium activities at 5:30 p.m., will benefit the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids foster care adoption program, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

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Countdown to camp: Eddie Lacy, Johnathan Franklin offer hope at RB

Posted Jul 15, 2013

Competition will be intense in training camp

Packers running back Eddie Lacy at OTA practice. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

The following is the second installment in a series of stories that’ll examine the Packers’ roster position by position. This installment examines the running backs.

GREEN BAY—It’ll be one of the feature attractions of training camp, and it might put the big play back into the Packers offense.

Rookie draft picks Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin join holdover James Starks, Alex Green and DuJuan Harris in a running backs competition this summer that has been promised by Head Coach Mike McCarthy to produce a better result than in 2012.

“We’ll be better; I promise you. You can write that down,” McCarthy told reporters following a OTAs practice in June.

The Packers were 20th in the league in rushing last season. What seemed to be missing the most in the Packers’ rushing attack was the respect from opposing defenses that would cause them to commit an extra defender to the line of scrimmage. Opponents trained their attention on Aaron Rodgers and denying the big pass play, and the Packers’ running game failed to drag opponents out of that strategy.

“If we can get them to add a player to the box, that’ll help the pass game,” Packers Running Backs Coach Alex Van Pelt said.

In that pursuit, the Packers selected Lacy in the second round and Franklin in the fourth round of this past spring’s draft. Lacy is a big, hard-charging inside runner; Franklin has open-field skills that produced 1,700 yards rushing at UCLA last year.

“They’re going to help us. They add competition to the room. They’re two different styles of runners. They’ll add two different styles to the room,” Van Pelt said.

In his fourth season, Starks hopes to regain the promise he displayed as a rookie in the Packers’ run to the Super Bowl title three years ago. He was productive in 2011 while sharing carries with Ryan Grant, but injuries dogged Starks throughout 2012.

Green was in his comeback season last year from knee reconstruction in his rookie season, 2011. It’s expected that he’ll be fully recovered and ready to defend his starter’s status, which he had to surrender late in the season to Harris, who showed quickness and burst in the final few games of the season.

Fullback John Kuhn remains a special assignment type of runner, and undrafted rookie free agent Angelo Pease also joins the competition.

Should Packers running backs improve the position, as McCarthy promised, quarterback Aaron Rodgers could find one fewer deep defender in the coverage, and that would allow more space for Packers receivers to get open deep, as they did in 2011. Rodgers’ yards per pass attempt declined by nearly a yard and a half last year.

“It had an effect,” Offensive Coordinator Tom Clements said of the Packers’ inability to scare teams with the run. “In previous years, our action pass game was better.

“We want to run the ball better. If we do run the ball better, we’ll probably run the ball more. It’ll prevent the defense from teeing off on the passer. We have to be effective running the ball,” Clements said.

Previously featured in "Countdown to camp":
QBs - Rodgers on pace for greatness

 
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