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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.

  • 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 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

  • 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.



Datko getting long look at left tackle

Posted Aug 12, 2012

The first two practices following the preseason opener have set the stage for a wide-open competition for the backup left tackle spot.

On Saturday night, third-year veteran Herb Taylor and rookie seventh-round draft pick Andrew Datko (pictured) were rotating at left tackle with the No. 1 offensive line in starter Marshall Newhouse’s absence.

Then on Sunday, newly signed 10-year veteran Reggie Wells was thrown into the mix as well, taking his share of snaps with the first unit.

“I wouldn’t get real caught up in who’s playing what, particularly these last couple of days,” McCarthy said, referring to the fact that Newhouse should be back soon, but also to the fact that the depth chart at that position is anything but settled.

Before the weekend, the backup job was Taylor’s, but he had his struggles in San Diego, particularly on one sequence of three plays late in the first quarter. First, Taylor whiffed on a run block as running back James Starks was stuffed for just a 1-yard gain. Then, he was called for holding (which was declined), and finally he was beaten quickly around the edge by first-round draft pick Melvin Ingram, who drilled quarterback Aaron Rodgers as he threw, resulting in an interception.

That has led to Datko getting a longer look at left tackle despite an uneven performance at right tackle against the Chargers. Datko had his hands full early trying to contain second-round draft pick Kendall Reyes, but got more comfortable later on. It’s been the same story of progression for him since the early days of training camp, when he was putting pads on for the first time in 10 months following shoulder surgery as a senior at Florida State.

“I had bad habits with it,” Datko said of his injured shoulder, which is in a harness and has been an issue for him dating back to his high school days. “It was hurt, so my brain said don’t use it. Now, it’s healthy, I can use it, but my brain still hasn’t told myself I can use it.

“So every time I’m in individuals or doing a drill, I’m telling myself, ‘Look, I’m healthy. I can use both my hands, and I can punch.’ I have to keep reminding myself.”

To his credit, he didn’t get down when he got off to a slow start in camp, and he hung in there after some rough early snaps against Reyes.

He also has handled the constant flip-flopping between the left and right sides admirably, particularly for a rookie who got all of his collegiate starts at left tackle. On Sunday, he took all the snaps at left tackle with the first unit during a competitive no-huddle period, then immediately after was back at right tackle in the one-on-one pass-rushing drill.

“Practices are for getting better, and that’s why they have six weeks of it,” Datko said. “When you come up to this league, you can’t just know one position. You have to know two or four. That’s what I’m preparing myself for, to learn both tackles or even both guards.”

That kind of versatility is why Wells is still in the league and has now latched on in Green Bay. He came into the NFL in 2003 as a left tackle, has played most of his 91 career starts at guard and has dabbled in the past at center.

Now on his fourth team in the last four years, Wells has an opportunity to become the offensive line’s veteran insurance as a blind-side pass protector should he outperform Taylor and Datko.

“Whatever they need me to do,” Wells said. “Obviously I’ve spent some time at different positions, and if that’s somewhere they want me to try my hand at, I’ll be more than willing to do it.”

Learning a new offensive system on the fly is nothing new to Wells, who has played for the Eagles and Panthers the last two years after a seven-year run with the Cardinals. He was almost a Packer once before, having visited back in 2006 as a restricted free agent before re-signing with Arizona.

That decision helped get him to a Super Bowl two years later, and the combination of that heartbreaking defeat to Pittsburgh and Wells’ clock running out has him motivated to make another run at a ring.

“I’ve been on all kinds of different teams,” he said. “I’ve been on a team that was a few seconds away from winning it all, so I know what it takes to get there.

“But just like the guys who are here who weren’t on the (Packers’) Super Bowl team, or the guys who were and want another one, I want the exact same thing. I’m here to play ball.”

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