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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/




Decisions at cornerback could affect outlook at safety for Packers

Posted Feb 17, 2014

Sam Shields' future might, or might not, dictate Micah Hyde's position

Packers.com has been taking a look at the Packers’ roster, position by position. The seventh and final installment focuses on the defensive backs.

GREEN BAY—Plenty of offseason attention will be focused on the safety position for the Packers, but what happens at cornerback could have a direct impact on what happens at safety.

That’s because cornerback Sam Shields is headed for unrestricted free agency, having signed a one-year tender as a restricted free agent last year and then turning in a strong season.

If the Packers are able to re-sign Shields and bring him back to re-join Tramon Williams, Casey Hayward and Davon House, Green Bay’s cornerback depth could be strong enough to move last year’s fifth-round draft pick and slot corner, Micah Hyde, to safety.

Williams returned to peak form in the second half of 2013, with four interceptions over the final seven regular-season games and the playoff contest. He has a high salary-cap number for 2014, but he may have earned the right to keep it by playing down the stretch like he did during the 2010 playoff run.

Hayward, who led the team and all NFL rookies in 2012 with six interceptions, is expected back from a sophomore season lost to hamstring trouble, while House continues to develop, filling in adequately in the wild-card playoff game against the 49ers after Shields left with an injury in the first quarter.

Like Williams, Shields also finished the season strong, with three interceptions from Thanksgiving on, and he led the team by a wide margin in passes defensed with 24. He likely made his personal gamble with the one-year tender pay off.

With that quartet of experienced corners, along with veteran Jarrett Bush and developmental prospects James Nixon, Jumal Rolle and Antonio Dennard also in the mix, the Packers could think about a position switch for Hyde, who had an impressive rookie season playing the nickel and dime slot corner spots.

Cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. said after the season that slot corner responsibilities overlap with some duties at safety, suggesting Hyde could make the transition without excessive difficulty. Whitt described Hyde as a willing tackler and effective blitzer whose skill set makes him versatile.

Even if Shields doesn’t return, the Packers might still consider moving Hyde to safety, because the defense simply didn’t get the impact plays needed from the position. Not a single interception was recorded by a Packers safety in 2013, and that includes veteran Morgan Burnett, who came into the season with a new contract, missed the first three games due to a hamstring injury and then never made much noise.

Burnett was the key communicator in the secondary and by all accounts handled that job with aplomb, but he has just two interceptions over the last two full seasons, both in the same game.

Last year’s draft was fairly deep at safety, but the Packers passed on those prospects, counting on Jerron McMillian or M.D. Jennings to develop into Burnett’s running mate. Things didn’t proceed as hoped. McMillian, a fourth-round pick in 2012, played his way out of a job and was off the roster by December.

Two other undrafted safeties, Sean Richardson and Chris Banjo, saw playing time last year that is expected to aid their development, but it’s too early to know whether either can be a full-time answer.

Richardson, a college teammate of Hayward’s at Vanderbilt, came back from a rookie-season neck injury that required surgery and returned to the field in Week 12 last year, taking more and more of Jennings’ snaps as the season wound down. The biggest of the Packers safeties at 6-2, 216, Richardson has played well near the line of scrimmage, but centerfield coverage remains a proving ground.

At 5-10, Banjo will always have his size to overcome. A regular on special teams, he finished second on the club with 10 coverage tackles. He also worked his way into the playing rotation from scrimmage, even after Burnett’s return from injury, but then saw his defensive snaps reduced when Richardson came back. Banjo is an exclusive-rights free agent.

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