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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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Quarless Readies For Expanded Role

Posted Oct 14, 2010

As a fifth-round draft choice joining a team with a pair of established tight ends, Andrew Quarless said his goal as a rookie was to learn the playbook inside and out and contribute any way he could, whether that came on offense or special teams.

In just the fifth game of the season, and only the third of his pro career after being a gameday inactive in the first two contests, the 22-year-old Quarless found himself playing a more prominent role in Green Bay’s offense as he was on the field for more than 40 snaps on Sunday at Washington.

With starter Jermichael Finley and veteran backup Donald Lee both leaving the game due to injuries sustained early in the first quarter, Quarless got his most extensive action to date, posting four receptions for 51 yards after not having a catch in limited action in his first two games. He became the first Packers rookie tight end to post a 50-yard receiving game since Bubba Franks in 2000.

“He picked up the offense well,” offensive coordinator Joe Philbin said. “It’s not always easy. You might be thinking the thought of the fourth tight end maybe going into a ballgame, and all of a sudden (a few minutes) into the game you are getting a boatload of reps. He kind of responded pretty well. He made some plays, he contributed nicely.

“That part I like about him. I like the fact that it is your fifth game of your rookie year and you are thrust into action and you don’t panic and have eight mental mistakes and that type of thing. That’s a credit to him. He must have prepared well and a credit to (tight ends coach) Ben McAdoo having him ready to go.”

Lee, who sustained a chest injury on Sunday, returned to practice on a limited basis on Thursday after sitting out Wednesday’s session completely, but his status for this Sunday’s game against Miami is still unclear. What is known is Finley, one of the most productive tight ends in the league since returning from a knee injury last year in Week 11, will miss some significant action, if not the remainder of the season, after undergoing knee surgery on Tuesday.

With the Packers’ frequent use of two-tight end and occasionally three-tight end sets, Quarless figures to factor into the offense along with Lee and first-year man Tom Crabtree, who is known more for his blocking abilities than his pass-catching skills. For Quarless, the opportunity this early in his career brings mixed emotions.

“I wouldn’t say excited; I don’t think that is the right word,” Quarless said. “Jermichael Finley is actually one of my best friends on the team. Me and him spend a lot of time together, and I really hate to see him be injured.

“But I have to do what I have to do for the team. That’s my responsibility as a teammate to be ready and fill a void that we have right now.”

While no one is expecting a rookie to step in for one of the most dynamic players on Green Bay’s offense, Quarless brings some similar attributes as Finley. The 6-foot-4, 252-pound rookie is similar in size, and possesses the speed, athleticism and pass-catching skills to be split out wide like Finley often was.

Those abilities were on display on Quarless’ biggest catch against Washington. With the game tied at 13 and less than 30 seconds remaining, he was split out wide and matched up against cornerback DeAngelo Hall. Working out of the shotgun, quarterback Aaron Rodgers found Quarless on a slant, and he picked up some yards after the catch for a 21-yard gain to the Washington 35 to set up a Mason Crosby field goal that hit the left upright. Had Crosby made the kick, Quarless’ catch becomes one of the key plays of the afternoon.

“I was pleased to see that (Rodgers) had confidence in me,” Quarless said. “I’m a young guy and really just getting in sync with him because he actually switched up the route right before the ball was snapped. So he had that confidence in me to change the route, so I was pleased with that.

“Being a young guy, you always want the veteran guys to know that you are reliable and you are accountable. I think that is what I showed, my accountability. When I had to step up, I stepped up and showed them I was ready.”

Quarless was by no means flawless in the game, as he was flagged for a penalty in a critical situation in the fourth quarter. With the game tied at 13 and the Packers facing a second-and-4 at their own 47, he was called for holding on a John Kuhn 2-yard run. Instead of third-and-2, the offense found itself pushed back to its 37-yard line facing second-and-14. Rodgers was sacked on the next play for a 9-yard loss, and the Packers ended up punting.

Quarless also had an opportunity to score his first NFL touchdown early in the second quarter when the Packers elected to go for it on fourth-and-goal at Washington’s 1-yard line. Under pressure, Rodgers rolled out to his right and threw to Quarless as he was being covered by linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, but the ball went off Alexander’s helmet.

“After looking at it (on film), I think I could have stopped and kind of attacked the ball more,” Quarless said. “Maybe I would have got a (pass interference) call on that, but if I get another chance, I know what to do now.

Greg Jennings came to me on the sideline right after the play and he was like, ‘Just a word of advice, stop instead of keeping in motion.’ It is just stuff that you learn with playing more.”

Philbin and McAdoo both pointed to Quarless’ intelligence and ability to quickly learn the playbook, traits that will only help him as his on-field time increases in the coming weeks.    

“He is going about his business the right way, the way we expect him to,” McAdoo. “He has learned a lot and he is growing in the run game in protection and in the pass game, and I think he has big days ahead of him.

“We’re not comparing Andrew to anybody else. Andrew has an opportunity to go out and get better each day, each week, and we need to compare Andrew to Andrew each week. We don’t need to try to put him up against anybody else on our team or anybody else’s team. He has a job to do. He needs to be able to prepare and perform and get better at that each week.”

Additional coverage – Oct. 14

 
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