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  • Sat., Mar. 15, 2014 10:00AM - 4:00PM CDT PROJECT Play 60

    ‘PROJECT PLAY 60’ SET FOR MARCH 15 IN LAMBEAU FIELD ATRIUM, LEGENDS CLUB 

    Free event focuses on physical activity; event accessed through Oneida Nation Gate

    ‘Project Play 60’, the Packers’ event that was formerly known as Project LEAP, is set for Saturday, March 15, 2014. The free community event is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will take place in both the Lambeau Field Atrium and the Legends Club on the fourth floor.

    The Miller Lite Gate is currently being renovated, so guests attending Project Play 60 should enter the Atrium through the Oneida Nation Gate on the stadium’s east side. Attendees should park in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate, which can be accessed off Oneida Street and Lombardi Avenue.

    Project Play 60 is focused on getting kids out of the house to enjoy non-strenuous physical activity.

    In addition to the popular inflatables, climbing walls, bungee trampolines and face painting, the day will feature entertainment by the Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team, a professional gymnastics group that was featured as a semifinalist on America’s Got Talent. The group is scheduled to perform six times starting at 10 a.m., followed by a meet-and-greet after each performance. For more information on the Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team, visit www.chicagoboyzacrobaticteam.com.

    New this year, Live54218 will be hosting Yoga for Families in the Legends Club. Live 54218 is a local nonprofit organization that strives to create healthy environments in the community and encourage residents daily to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables, drink four bottles of water, watch less than two hours of screen time, participate in at least one hour of physical activity, and sleep eight hours a night.  For more information, visit www.live54218.org.

    Playworks Wisconsin will also be hosting several physical activity stations in the Legends Club during the event. For more information, visit www.playworks.org.

    Project Play 60 is one of several free community events the Packers host every year, each geared toward bringing families together. For more information on the event, contact the Packers’ community outreach department at 920/569-7500.

  • Mon., Apr. 07, 2014 4:00PM - 6:00PM CDT Mike Daniels appearance Address: 2950 N. Oakland Ave. Milwaukee, WI
     
  • Tue., Apr. 15, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Escanaba 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:

    Escanaba: Ruth Butler Building. To benefit Lakestate Industries. Tickets on sale at Island Resort and Casino, W399 Hwy. 2&41, Harris, Mich. Tickets also available online at www.islandresortandcasino.com.

  • Wed., Apr. 16, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Ironwood 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:

    Ironwood: Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort. To benefit Ironwood Volunteer Fire Department. Tickets on sale at Super One Foods, 1480 E. Cloverland Dr., Ironwood, Mich.

  • Thu., Apr. 17, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Superior 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:

    Superior: Superior High School. To benefit the National Bank Commerce Spartan Sports Complex. Tickets on sale at Screen Graphics, 1327 Banks Ave., Superior.

  • Fri., Apr. 18, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Rice Lake 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:

    Rice Lake: Barron County Fairgrounds. To benefit Benjamin’s House. Tickets on sale at Marketplace Foods, 330 S. Main St., Rice Lake; and Rainbow Home Center, 1124 Hammond Ave., Rice Lake.

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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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