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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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Full-time counterpart to Clay Matthews remains priority

Posted Feb 15, 2014

Lots of linebackers on roster, but difference-makers must emerge

Packers.com is taking a look at the Packers’ roster, position by position. The sixth installment focuses on the linebackers.

GREEN BAY—The Packers’ search for a full-time complement to Clay Matthews at outside linebacker will continue into 2014, but it’s not for a lack of effort that it remains ongoing.

The defense has tried no less than a half dozen fellow bookends to Matthews on the outside over the last two seasons, yet, for various reasons no one has emerged as the definitive answer.

The best candidates at this point remain Nick Perry and Mike Neal, but neither is a sure thing.

After spending 10 games plus two postseason contests in 2012 on injured reserve, Perry missed five more games in 2013 and was limited in several others due to injuries. Perry had three sacks and two forced fumbles in the season’s first five games before he broke his foot – on a sack-fumble play in Baltimore, no less.

Thereafter, he recorded one sack-fumble, in Detroit, and one other sack, against San Francisco in the playoffs. Optimistically, if Perry’s impact plays before the foot injury are tripled, they might represent his production over a full season, but staying healthy is the only way Perry can turn those projections into reality.

Neal had the healthiest of his first four pro seasons in 2013, though a knee injury that knocked him out of the playoff game early was a significant blow to the defense. He played in every game for the first time in his career despite missing a fair amount of practice time due to nagging ailments, and his five sacks were respectable, given the transition he was making from defensive lineman.

Neal’s position switch remains a work in progress, though, and he’s heading for free agency, so there’s no guarantee he’ll return.

It didn’t help the unit, of course, that Matthews missed five regular-season games and the playoff contest with a twice-broken thumb, while playing with various sized casts on his hand in the intervening seven games. Still, his 7½ sacks and three forced fumbles led the team, which speaks to how much the defense missed his playmaking ability when he was sidelined or played at less than full strength.

The youngest prospects at the position are Andy Mulumba and Nate Palmer, who got their feet wet as rookies, and recent signee Chase Thomas, added to the roster last month.

Undrafted out of Eastern Michigan, Mulumba got the most playing time, as Palmer, a sixth-round pick from Illinois State, was a game day inactive for half the games.

Mulumba had minimal impact as yet another transition project, though he deserves credit for gutting out the wild-card game on a bum knee with the position’s ranks depleted. There’s also a lot to like about his size (6-3, 260) and raw athletic ability, which helped him beat out Dezman Moses for a roster spot in training camp.

In all likelihood, Mulumba would have been strictly a special-teams player in 2013 while learning the outside linebacker position had injuries not struck both Matthews and Perry. The unexpected experience gained should only benefit him moving forward.

At inside linebacker, veteran A.J. Hawk is coming off perhaps his best season, when he played lighter and looked faster than in previous years. He played in every game for the seventh time in his eight seasons, and his 153 total tackles led the team by a wide margin. More important, Hawk had the largest number of high-impact plays since his rookie year, with five sacks, plus an interception, forced fumble and recovery.

Coaches routinely praise Hawk for his communication skills and ability to get the defensive front seven aligned and adjusted properly, traits that will make him hard to unseat if the Packers look to go younger and bigger at that spot.

The tandem inside position will be scrutinized and likely open to competition, too. It was manned most of last season by Brad Jones and Jamari Lattimore, though neither could stay healthy the entire year. Lattimore, a restricted free agent, packs the bigger punch of the two and has been a special-teams leader in recent years, while Jones has been the more effective blitzer.

Last season might have been the career break Robert Francois was waiting for, as he was the first to step in for Jones in Week 5 following Jones’ hamstring injury, but by game’s end, Francois had torn his Achilles, was out for the year and is now headed for free agency.

Likewise, rookie seventh-round pick Sam Barrington saw minimal playing time before a season-ending hamstring injury, but having been introduced to the playbook, he could be a prospect to watch. Late-season pickup Victor Aiyewa played strictly on special teams down the stretch.

 
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