On Now
Coming Up
  • 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/

  • Sat., Aug. 09, 2014 7:00PM - 10:00PM CDT Packers at Tennessee Titans Packers at Tennessee Titans
  • Sat., Aug. 16, 2014 3:00PM - 6:00PM CDT Packers at St. Louis Rams Packers at St. Louis Rams



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

blog comments powered by Disqus

You May Also Be Interested in...

Recent Videos

  • Prospect Primer: C Bryan Stork, Florida State

    (1:55) Posted 7 hours ago

    Packers.com presents 'Prospect Primer,' a video look at an assortment of draft-eligible players who attended the scouting combine in Indianapolis. Florida State center Bryan Stork started 40 career games in college, most of them at center but also a handful at right and left guard earlier in his career. Stork was named to several All-America teams and won the Rimington Award as the nation's top center for Florida State's undefeated national championship team.

  • Prospect Primer: CB Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State

    (2:39) Posted 7 hours ago

    Packers.com presents 'Prospect Primer,' a video look at an assortment of draft-eligible players who attended the scouting combine in Indianapolis. Florida State's Lamarcus Joyner is a versatile defensive back who recorded 5 1/2 sacks, three forced fumbles and two interceptions for Florida State's national championship squad, leading his team in sacks and leading all defensive backs in the country in that category.

  • 2014 Green Bay Packers Schedule

    (2:00) Posted 23 hours ago

    The 2014 Green Bay Packers schedule starts with a rematch against the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks.