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  • Sat., Apr. 19, 2014 12:30PM - 3:00PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Merrill party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Merrill: MARC. To benefit Riverbend Trail. Tickets on sale at Merrill Chamber of Commerce, 705 N. Center Ave., Merrill; Dave’s County Market, 300 E. 1st St., Merrill; and Drew’s Piggly Wiggly, 3404 E. Main St., Merrill. Tickets also available online at www.merrillchamber.org.

  • 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/




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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