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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/

     

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Datone Jones is new-age defender suited for read-option

Posted Apr 25, 2013

Packers had their pick of several top players and chose Jones


GREEN BAY—Dom Capers was attracted to Datone Jones the basketball player, which says it all about the direction defense is headed in the NFL.

“You like the basketball background. He’s had to move around,” the Packers defensive coordinator said of the team’s first-round draft choice, a defensive end with the body type of a power forward.

“He has very good length,” Capers said. “He’s a very lean guy. He’s one of those guys that’ll be able to put on weight.”

“You like those athletic guys that can go out in space and rush from the outside,” Capers said. “We could see him do a lot of the things we ask our defensive linemen to do. We play a lot of sub packages and he can move inside. They play a very similar defense at UCLA.”

Jones, 6-4, 285, is not a typical looking Okie end. He’s neither short nor squat. Jones is a new-age Okie end in a new-age game that stresses the need to be able to play in space. In other words, Jones is a new-age Okie end with the size to hold his own against mammoth offensive tackles but, more importantly, Jones possesses the athletic ability and movement skills to hold his own against read-option quarterbacks, such as the one Jones would face in his NFL debut.

A wacky start to the draft left a lot of talent on the board at pick No. 26 for the Packers. When General Manager Ted Thompson went on the clock, running back Eddie Lacy, wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and defensive lineman Sylvester Williams were all available. Thompson chose Jones.

Why Jones over Williams?

“They’re different styles of players,” Capers said. “Williams is bigger. Datone is longer and with that he can play all of the positions we would ask him to play.”

Simply put, Williams is more of a conventional, old-age defensive lineman. He’s a banger in a game that doesn’t reward banging as it once did.

Jones is the new prototype. He’s a defensive lineman with linebacker-like talent, which means the Packers have spent each of their last two first-round picks on the same type of player. Jones is a defensive end that could play linebacker; last year’s top pick, Nick Perry, is a linebacker that could play defensive end.

If this goes as planned, Jones will allow Capers more creativity. Jones and Perry, whose ability to play in space was sorely missed when the Packers were touched up for 579 yards of offense in San Francisco last January, should allow Capers to successfully attempt the schemes that didn’t work against Colin Kaepernick in that playoff game.

One draft publication ranked Jones as its No. 1 five-technique defensive end, which is a way of saying an edge-setting fencepost on a three-man front.

Click here to view photos of Datone Jones

“Holds up vs. the run,” the publication says. “Surges and collapses the pocket.”

Jones raised his draft stock on the strength of impressive performances at the Senior Bowl and at the scouting combine. He ran a 4.75 40 at the combine, after opening eyes at the Senior Bowl by consistently giving tackle Eric Fisher his most stern tests in practice. Fisher, of course, was made the first overall pick of this draft by the Chiefs on Thursday night.

The feeling was that Jones had pushed himself above the Packers. Draft guru Tony Pauline had targeted Jones for the Colts at pick No. 24, but the Colts picked Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner, and two picks later the Packers made Jones theirs.

“He’s a tremendous athlete. He’s well-liked. The only thing is he doesn’t have tremendous size. He’s going to have to grow into the 3-4 end. It’s just going to take some time,” Pauline said of Jones.

“We had a couple of names. We were a little bit surprised he was there,” Thompson said.

On a night full of surprises, the Packers got a little better on defense and made good on the promise Coach Mike McCarthy made at the combine, to make stopping the read-option a major focus of the Packers’ offseason. Jones is a major step in that direction.

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