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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.

    http://www.packers.com/5k

  • 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 www.packers.com/5k. 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 www.packers.com/ppcc.

     
  • 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.

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Defensive line brings physical attitude to camp

Posted Jul 28, 2013

No apologies for aggressive play in Sunday practice


GREEN BAY—The coaching staff may not have liked all the “extracurricular activity” after some of the snaps in Sunday’s practice, but one group that didn’t mind it – and was often in the middle of it – was the defensive line.

“The guys are really bringing a different attitude out there, and it’s welcome,” second-year lineman Mike Daniels said. “We need it. Just keep on getting more mean, more violent out there, and we should see some good things.”

It will take more than attitude, of course, to fix a run defense that allowed 4.5 yards per carry last season (26th in the league), but it’s a start.

It was on running plays that the intensity of Sunday’s first full-pads practice was most evident. There’s a right way and a wrong way to bring intensity to training camp, and at times the line was crossed on Sunday, mostly by younger players. It’s a good bet the issue will be discussed in meetings prior to the next practice on Tuesday.

After the workout, however, the defensive linemen were not apologizing for their involvement. The names Adrian Peterson and Colin Kaepernick weren’t mentioned in the locker room to reporters, but perhaps they were in the back of some players’ minds.

 “It’s football,” said first-round draft pick Datone Jones, who wasn’t even part of the late-season defensive breakdowns against the Vikings and 49ers, but who has certainly heard plenty about them. “If you’re a true competitor, you’re going to get in a scuffle, because you don’t want anyone getting the best of you.”

Jones was the key addition to the defensive line in the offseason, a near-prototype 3-4 end at 6-4, 285. Through the first three days of camp, he has worked mostly with the second unit in base (B.J. Raji, Ryan Pickett and C.J. Wilson are the first group), but he’s paired with Raji as an inside rusher with the No. 1 nickel, a spot he says he’s “comfortable” with, having played it throughout his college career at UCLA.

Jones put an impressive bull rush against T.J. Lang in drills on Sunday that appeared to catch the veteran guard a bit by surprise. Jones said it was his way of mixing up his moves, even on the first day in pads.

“Just showing my coach what I could do, that I can be very aggressive,” he said. “I’m not just a finesse guy.”

Jones sounds like a player determined to prove himself. Fellow lineman Johnny Jolly is trying to do the same, in a different context, of course.

Jolly is trying to resurrect his career after a three-year absence due to off-field problems that included drug abuse, a league suspension and prison time. He hasn’t had any standout moments through the first three days, but the coaching staff has him on a rep count as he works his way back.

“I wouldn’t say it’s easy,” Jolly said. “There’s a little rust on me. Everything will take a little time, but I’ll get there.”

Jolly said he spent the month prior to training camp working out in his native Houston with NFL big men Shaun Rogers and Casey Hampton. His conditioning is better than it was in the spring during OTAs, and it will remain an ongoing challenge after so much time away.

When he last played, in 2009, the Packers led the league and set a franchise record for run defense (83.3 yards per game), and Jolly led all NFL defensive linemen with 11 deflected passes. That was Dom Capers’ first season as Green Bay’s defensive coordinator, so Jolly is coming back to a familiar scheme.

“That’s where he always thrived, as an inside player and his ability to get off blocks, his instincts,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “(But) we have to be realistic about where he is.”

Jolly is taking nothing for granted. His roster spot is as tenuous as they come, but he has teammates in the locker room pulling for him.

“I’m glad he’s back,” said receiver James Jones, Jolly’s teammate for three prior seasons. “He brings some of that nastiness to the defense over there, brings some swagger over there to the defensive line. It’s good to see him back. I’m definitely rooting for him. That’s my guy over there. Hope he does well, stays healthy and makes some plays.”

That goes for the entire defensive line. They’re just saying it with a little more attitude.

“We’re not there yet,” Datone Jones said. “We have to get better every day. We’ve got something to prove every day.”

Additional coverage - July 28

 
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