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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/

     
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Countdown to camp: WR numbers will force decisions

Posted Jul 16, 2012

The following is the second installment in a series of stories that'll examine the Packers' roster position by position. This installment examines wide receiver.


Last year the number was five. Mike McCarthy said this year it could be six. It’s not out of the question that it might end up being seven.

With the depth the Packers possess at the position, how many wide receivers will make the final roster will be the question on many fans’ minds this summer.

There are nearly two dozen practices plus four preseason games to wade through before then, however, so there’s plenty of time for this to sort itself out.

Barring injury, the first five who will make the roster are virtually givens. Pro Bowler Greg Jennings and rising star Jordy Nelson were the Packers’ top two receivers in catches, yards and touchdowns during the offense’s record-setting 2011. Meanwhile, James Jones posted career highs in yards per catch (16.7) and scores (seven) last year, and Randall Cobb is on track to become the unit’s next breakout performer after catching 25 passes for 375 yards as a rookie.

Then there’s Donald Driver, who reworked his contract after his “Dancing With The Stars” triumph to come back for a 14th season. Even though his 2011 numbers (37 catches, 445 yards) were his lowest since 2001, he was the best receiver on the field during an otherwise dismal day for the offense in the playoffs last season.

Given General Manager Ted Thompson’s history of releasing veteran players long before training camp if they aren’t in the team’s plans (Chad Clifton, Donald Lee and William Henderson would be examples from recent years), it stands to reason Driver will remain the veteran leader at the position for now.

The other two top candidates who will make their bids for roster spots are Diondre Borel and Tori Gurley, each of whom spent all of their rookie 2011 seasons on the practice squad. Shaky Smithson returns for his second year after a season on injured reserve, while undrafted rookies Jarrett Boykin (Virginia Tech), Curenski Gilleylen (Nebraska) and former basketball player Dale Moss (South Dakota State) will look to make the same early impressions Borel and Gurley did a year ago.

It wasn’t just the Packers that took note of those two, either. Both Borel and Gurley reportedly turned down active roster spots with other teams last season to remain in Green Bay when the Packers boosted their practice-squad pay.

Borel, a converted Utah State quarterback, added some weight over the past year and is now listed at 199 pounds. He’s a gifted athlete who uses his knowledge from playing quarterback to find openings in the defense, and he did that often during OTAs.

A completely different type of target, Gurley (6-4, 232) is an intriguing jump-ball option whose size presents matchup problems. He showed a knack for blocking punts during training camp last year, too, so his chances of making the team could increase if he resumes that impact role on special teams this summer.

Given how unusual it would be to keep seven receivers on the final roster, much will be made of who’s having the better camp between these two. The Packers could have a tough decision to make, because the interest shown late last year by other teams will make it difficult for either Borel or Gurley to clear waivers and return to the practice squad.

Then again, who’s to say the Packers won’t keep seven receivers? Last year they kept five tight ends, which sounded just as odd at the time.

Thompson and McCarthy don’t adhere to specific numbers at each position, only minimums so as not to leave themselves dangerously thin. Depending on how the other offensive skill positions shake out, there could be some flexibility.

Just don’t start thinking eight.

 
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