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    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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  • 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: Tight ends well worth watching

Posted Jul 16, 2013

Storylines abound at one of Mike McCarthy’s favorite positions

TE Jermichael Finley caught 61 passes last season, a franchise record for a tight end. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY of the team's tight ends.

The following is the third installment in a series of stories that’ll examine the Packers’ roster position by position. This installment examines the tight ends.

GREEN BAY—Mike McCarthy’s offense is never short on tight ends, and there’s no shortage of storylines within that position group heading into training camp.

How will Jermichael Finley perform in a contract year? What impact will Andrew Quarless have after missing all of 2012 due to injury? Which third-year player – D.J. Williams or Ryan Taylor – is ready to emerge, or will both? Will newcomer Matthew Mulligan add a physical presence to the blocking unit? Will young prospects Brandon Bostick and Jake Stoneburner show enough to crack the opening-day roster?

That’s seven tight ends in all, and some level of intrigue with each.

It all starts, however, with Finley, who has received nothing but praise from the coaching staff for how he finished 2012 after hitting a midseason lull.

From Weeks 5-9 last season, Finley wasn’t fully healthy and caught a total of only 10 passes for 84 yards, an average of just two receptions for 21 yards over a five-game stretch. Following the bye week, though, Finley caught 32 passes for 396 yards, surpassing 50 yards in six of the final seven regular-season games and catching at least five passes in four of seven.

His strong finish carried over to spring workouts, during which Finley appeared to put his health problems (knee in 2010, shoulder in 2012) and the drops that plagued him at times in 2011 even further behind him.

Quarless might have been the tight end who jumped out the most during OTAs, looking more fit and athletic than he did before his late-2011 knee injury that cost him all of last season. Not rushing back to action last year seems to have served Quarless well.

The Packers had their most productive 1-2 punch at tight end in McCarthy’s tenure back in 2009, when Finley and Donald Lee combined for 92 receptions, 936 yards and six TDs, plus Finley’s monster postseason game in Arizona.

Finley and Quarless might form a similar duo this season, or perhaps it’ll be Finley and Williams, another athletic pass-catcher who could help stretch the middle of the field.

A fifth-round draft pick in 2011, Williams was perhaps on the verge of breaking out last year. With Finley less than 100 percent heading into the Houston game in Week 6, McCarthy and the offensive coaches made Williams a big part of the game plan, only to see him injure his hamstring in practice that week and miss his opportunity.

“Talk about terrible timing last year,” McCarthy said. “He has big-play ability from the tight end position. He does a good job on special teams and continues to get better. I look for him to take another step.”

Taylor is the special-teams standout at the position, developing into a leader on those units and ranking fifth on the team in coverage tackles in each of his first two seasons. The 2011 seventh-round pick’s contributions on offense have been minimal, however (one catch each year), and he’ll be looking to show more on that side of the ball, especially at such a crowded position.

Known for his blocking ability, Mulligan was signed in the offseason as a potential factor in the offense’s revamped rushing attack. Over four previous seasons with the Jets and Rams, Mulligan caught just 14 passes total, so it’s no secret the strength of his game is at the line of scrimmage.

Bostick was an undrafted rookie last year who spent his first season on the practice squad, after converting from receiver in college to tight end. He has spoken of his determination to improve his blocking, which will need to show up when the pads go on.

Last but not least is Stoneburner, the lone rookie in the bunch who was signed as an undrafted free agent. A major red-zone threat at Ohio State, Stoneburner had 11 TD receptions over his final two college seasons.

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


 
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