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  • 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.

  • 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

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Pass rush dominates Wednesday practice

Posted Aug 1, 2012

Last season’s pass rush didn’t look like it did in Wednesday’s practice for the Packers.

It was an active day getting after the quarterback in the last of six morning workouts at Ray Nitschke Field. The outside linebackers, who are the playmakers in a 3-4 scheme, shined the most, particularly Clay Matthews.

Matthews consistently pressured quarterback Aaron Rodgers from his blind side, so much so that after one pass, Rodgers playfully chased Matthews back to the other side of the line of scrimmage.

“We felt it was important to crank it up today,” Mike McCarthy said. “Today was a blitz emphasis. It was a heavy pressure day today, heavy third down. It’s great work for both sides.”

The outside backers’ success started in the one-on-one pass-rush drills with the offensive linemen, and then carried over to the team periods. Matthews put a spin move on backup tackle Herb Taylor that drew some hoots and hollers.

Not to be outdone, first-round draft pick Nick Perry got into the act, too, beating the heretofore unbeatable Bryan Bulaga with an inside move. Erik Walden had a successful rep that drew praise from position coach Kevin Greene, as well.

In the team drills, McCarthy said the defense was installing a large number of pressure packages, sounding as though he expected the pass rushers to have the upper hand in challenging the offense’s protection schemes. Nonetheless, it was a promising showing for a defense that plummeted to last in the league in sacks per pass play in 2011.

“You can see there was a lot of one-on-one pass-rush opportunities with the offense working against the defense, so it was quality work today,” McCarthy said.

“This was a good football day today. I thought it was a more physical practice. The tempo is getting better. Hopefully, when we correct it, the mental errors aren’t what they have been. We’re getting better.”

As a new star emerges in the highly competitive secondary on a daily basis, Wednesday was probably rookie cornerback Casey Hayward’s day. In a one-on-one rep against Tori Gurley, Hayward closed quickly on a slightly underthrown deep ball and made a leaping interception.

Later, Hayward broke up a Coleman pass from behind on Gurley in the team drills, and he came down with an interception on a ball that deflected off either receiver Diondre Borel or cornerback Brandian Ross as the two converged.

In addition, Jarrett Bush emerged after a couple of quiet days with a forced fumble against receiver Randall Cobb, and Davon House was once again mentioned for his physical play. He was matched up often with receiver Greg Jennings, who returned to practice from his elbow injury.

McCarthy noted the cornerbacks as a group held up well under the stress that goes hand in hand with committing more bodies to pressure up front, but he wasn’t going to proclaim anything decided in the heated secondary competition.

“When we get to the games,” he said. “They’re getting better. I think that’s evident to everybody.”

The team’s schedule now shifts to evening workouts beginning Thursday and continuing with the Family Night scrimmage on Friday. McCarthy reiterated that the shift in timing is intentional because two of the team’s first four regular-season games are in prime time.

“It’s not a popular transition,” he said. “I think everybody would rather get up and get going and get the heavy lifting done in the morning. But there’s a reason why we’re doing this.”

Injury update: Fullback John Kuhn and linebacker Desmond Bishop practiced for the first time in camp, but in shells only. They will have to practice in shells twice before putting on pads.

Defensive linemen Ryan Pickett (knee) and Mike Daniels (knee, groin), along with running back Marc Tyler (shoulder) all missed practice and are day to day. Undrafted rookie receiver Curenski Gilleylen (quad) was held out of practice, and Gurley (groin) left the workout early.

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