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  • 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.

     
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    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/

     

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Packers special teams counting on next men up

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Vikings have dangerous return men in Cordarelle Patterson, Marcus Sherels

Special Teams Coordinator Shawn Slocum

GREEN BAY—Following some breakdowns in kick and punt coverage recently, the Packers are heading to Minnesota to face a dangerous Vikings return game.

Having limited their opponents’ explosive returns through the first four games – only one kick or punt return was longer than 30 yards, and that was 32 – the Packers’ coverage units have sprung leaks the last two weeks.

In Baltimore, Jacoby Jones ran back a kickoff 35 yards and Tandon Doss ran back a punt 38. Then last Sunday, Cleveland’s Travis Benjamin got loose for an 86-yard kickoff return, and Fozzy Whittaker followed with a 56-yarder.

It’s not a coincidence the breakdowns have occurred at the time injuries have hit the roster the hardest. Injuries inevitably have a trickle-down effect, as regulars on special teams move into starting roles. In the Packers’ case, it has also hurt to be missing two special-teams stalwarts in Jarrett Bush and Ryan Taylor.

“I thought we played at times sloppy in our coverage from an assignment standpoint last week,” Special Teams Coordinator Shawn Slocum said. “As we move forward, when a new guy steps in there, we have to make sure each guy gets his job done.”

It should help to potentially get Bush back this week, as he has fully participated in practice the past two days. Regardless of who’s on the field, though, the coverage units will have to shore things up against the Vikings, who have two returns for scores already this season.

Rookie Cordarelle Patterson returned a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown against the Bears back in Week 2, and this past Monday, Marcus Sherels ran a punt back 86 yards for a TD for the Vikings’ only points against the Giants.

“Cordarelle is a big, strong, fast guy with really good cutback ability,” Slocum said. “His return against Chicago was strong. Sherels has good speed and does a great job vertically on his returns.”

Minnesota has made mistakes in the return game, too, with a pair of fumbles against New York, but the last thing the Packers need is for the 1-5 Vikings to get a boost – and the Metrodome crowd to get energized – from a big play in the return game.

“We know they’re dangerous, but we know if we go out there and take the right angles and tackle, we shouldn’t go out there and struggle,” said rookie Micah Hyde, who chased down Benjamin last week and made the tackle to prevent what would have been a 106-yard TD.

“We have to come back a little harder this week. Obviously, they’re watching tape and trying to dissect what we did wrong, and they’re probably going to show us the same thing the Browns did.”

The Packers’ struggles on special teams last week hit other areas, too.

  • Rookie Jake Stoneburner was called for roughing the punter when he slid into the punter’s plant leg after fellow rookie Chris Banjo missed a clean shot at a block.

  • A beautifully placed punt that was downed at the one-yard line was called back when Andrew Quarless was flagged for being illegally downfield.

  • An attempted Browns onside kick was muffed by rookie Myles White and recovered by Cleveland, but the Packers caught a break because the Browns were offside and had to re-kick.

Stoneburner and White, in particular, were playing in their first pro game, but that can’t be an excuse.

“We’re going to have change,” Slocum said. “It’s part of playing special teams. Guys get into new roles, but expectations don’t change. We need to play better. We had way too many mistakes (Sunday).”

Slocum acknowledged that continuity is an issue when the lineup is shuffled and players are learning how to play next to one another, but in the end it comes down to accountability for each player’s job.

With a total of 16 rookies and first-year players on the roster, and given the current injury list, the Packers are forced to employ a lot of youth on special teams, perhaps more than in a normal year.

That youth is being forced to grow up quickly.

“When you have young guys that haven’t done it before, there’s a certain amount of speed of the game they’ve got to realize and experience and play with,” Slocum said.

“These guys out here have been playing special teams, some guys, for seven, eight years. They know all the crafts, all the tricks of the trade, and they play very fast. One of the biggest challenges for a young guy is to go into the game, not overthink things, and play fast and execute his job.”

Additional coverage - Oct. 24

 
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