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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/




Linebackers looking for right combinations

Posted Feb 15, 2013

Injuries hit this position group hardest in 2012

Packers.com is examining the Packers’ roster, position by position. In the sixth installment, we look at the linebackers.

GREEN BAY—No position group was hit harder by injuries than linebacker last season, so that alone almost makes it a given the Packers won’t be starting 2013 the way they finished 2012 at either the inside or outside spots.

Add in some contract situations and the ups and downs witnessed within the linebacker corps last season, and perhaps even more change could be afoot. In Dom Capers’ 3-4 scheme, there’s no such thing as too many linebackers.

On the inside, last season began with Desmond Bishop and A.J. Hawk as holdover starters, but when Bishop was lost to a season-ending hamstring injury in the preseason, in stepped D.J. Smith. He was then lost to a season-ending knee injury in Week 6, so next up was Brad Jones.

The depth proved valuable and it now raises the question as to which is the best starting combination.

Bishop has professed he’ll be ready for training camp, and the Packers will welcome back his aggressive, hard-hitting style. Provided he’s healthy, Bishop is the every-down rock inside. His partner, however, could be any number of players.

Hawk is regularly praised by the coaching staff for his knowledge of the defense and leadership on the field, and he led the team in tackles in 2012, but for the second straight season he was not involved in a single turnover play (interception, forced fumble or fumble recovery), and he carries a high salary-cap number.

Meanwhile, Smith is a prospect the Packers are high on, but returning from reconstructive surgery is always a process, and Jones could try to parlay his 12 starts (including playoffs) into a new contract for a starting job elsewhere as an unrestricted free agent. Jones was one of the team’s leaders on special teams before taking over as a starter on defense, so he could return in his old role and compete for the starting job, or he may see what the market will bear.

Elsewhere at inside linebacker, Robert Francois and Jamari Lattimore were special-teamers only in 2012, as they finished second and fourth, respectively, on the team in coverage tackles but rarely if ever played from scrimmage. Last but not least is Terrell Manning, who like Smith a year ago, could be an intriguing prospect.

Manning, a fifth-round pick whom the Packers traded up to draft last year, battled an intestinal virus in his rookie training camp that essentially knocked him out of any competition for playing time. By season’s end, however, he was making an impact on special teams and will benefit from the Packers’ offseason program more than any other player in this group.

At outside linebacker, the search continues for an every-down bookend opposite pass-rusher extraordinaire Clay Matthews, who led the team by a wide margin with 13 sacks in the regular season (no one else had more than 4½) despite missing four games. Matthews also had three of the defense’s four sacks in the playoffs.

The Packers invested a first-round draft pick last year in Nick Perry with the idea he’d complement Matthews, but the defense only saw the combination at work for six games before wrist surgery prematurely ended Perry’s rookie season.

Perry struggled early in pass coverage – the one duty of the position that makes for the toughest transition for a college defensive end – but his crunching sack of Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck that forced a fumble (and drew a questionable flag and fine) is an image that carries loads of promise.

Another promising young player is Dezman Moses, who went from undrafted free agent to part-time starter in the second half of the season. He showed the most flash as a pass rusher with four sacks, but rounding out his game by improving against the run and in coverage is the next step.

The two outside linebackers who came out of nowhere to aid the Packers’ Super Bowl run in 2010 have some questions about their future. Frank Zombo struggled through a second straight injury-plagued season and was a healthy playoff inactive at season’s end, while Erik Walden turned in his finest season as a pro, despite getting benched during the playoff loss at San Francisco.

Walden, who shared starting duties with Moses down the stretch, recorded three sacks (plus a fourth in the playoffs) and two interceptions in a contract year. His situation is similar to Jones’ in that he might see what the free-agent market looks like, though it’s not a given he’ll leave. There’s better film of him for the Packers and other teams to evaluate than the nationally televised gaffe of turning his back on Colin Kaepernick as the 49ers QB ran 56 yards untouched for a TD, but that obviously wasn’t the best of final impressions.

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