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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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Packers address defense; is it fixed?

Posted Apr 27, 2012


In order, they picked the young pass rusher they need, the young defensive end they need and the young cornerback they need. So, is the defense fixed?

That’s the question on the lips of every Packers fan, following the first two days of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Nick Perry, Jerel Worthy, Casey Hayward. Fixed, fixed, fixed. Is it really that easy?

That’s to be determined next fall. What we know to be fact at this point is that Packers General Manager Ted Thompson used a portion of the 12 draft picks he stored up for this draft to target and vigorously attack the bitter memory of a 32nd-ranked defense that dogged and defeated the Packers’ efforts last season to defend their Super Bowl title.

A day after picking Perry in the first round, a pick most draft experts would agree addresses the Packers’ desperate need to fix a 32nd-ranked pass rush, Thompson traded up twice on Friday, the second time back into the bottom of the second round, to select Worthy and Hayward.

If they all turn out to be home-run picks, then Perry is Clay Matthews 2.0, Worthy is the next Cullen Jenkins and Hayward is, well, something close to Charles Woodson. OK, I know, that’s going too far.

But what if they’re all hits and not misses? Well, then the defense is fixed, and you know the rest.

“We feel we’ve added good young players at all levels of the defense,” Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers said.

Take particular note of the words “all levels,” because it refers to the line, the linebackers and the secondary. That pretty much does it. Better against the run, better at rushing the passer and better at defending against the pass. They hope. We all hope.

Capers wasn’t about to make any proclamations about his defense having been fixed by the selection of three college football players, but his words to the media on the subject Friday did not ring hollow.

“They’re putting four wide receivers and sometimes five out there. That’s just the nature of the game nowadays. It’s pretty obvious that you better be able to cover and you better be able to rush the passer. People are going to line up and throw the ball 50-60 times, and if you can’t cover them, you’re going to be in for a long day,” he said.

Bingo, coach.

The selection of Hayward might even allow Woodson to move to safety, where the Packers need a replacement for Nick Collins.

“It’s not like it would be a radical move. We feel he could play any one of those positions and that’s one of the things he brings to the table, the flexibility that he can,” Capers said.

Worthy was the Packers’ first pick of day two. ESPN’s Jon Gruden didn’t like the pick and hammered at Worthy for a less-than-impressive performance in Michigan State’s bowl game against Georgia.

“I heard Gruden,” Packers Defensive Line Coach Mike Trgovac said. “I used to coach with him so I know a little bit about him. They had a little different package in the bowl game.

“I think he’ll add some juice to our front. He’ll be a defensive end. The big thing he’ll have to learn is the Okie end when we’re in a tight front,” Trgovac said of Worthy.

Worthy is a quick-twitch guy who specializes in shooting the gap. Can he play down the middle of a block, as is required by defensive ends in a 3-4? That would seem to be the major issue confronting Worthy.

Hayward, from Vanderbilt, faced the best wide receivers the best conference in the country threw at him, and that wasn’t Alabama’s defensive front he was playing behind.

“He can really smell routes and know what receivers are trying to do to him,” cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. said of Hayward. “Every game I put on I saw things I liked. He’s constantly making plays. He’s a mature football player at a young age. He has a complete game.”

They are three young players who are being challenged to make the Packers defense better by upgrading the positions they play. It’s just a simple fact of life in professional football.

“This is the NFL. Somebody wants your job. Somebody wants my job,” Whitt said.

But is it fixed, coach? That’s all Packers fans want to know.

What if it is?

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