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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.

  • 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/




Secondary competing for primary roles

Posted Jul 28, 2012

Less than a week into camp, the competition is definitely on at defensive back.

Just seeing the way the coaches are rolling all the cornerbacks and safeties through the different defensive packages, and seeing some of the plays on the ball being made in the first three days, it appears the Packers’ deep stable of young defensive backs will not settle things early.

“It’s definitely competitive, and in a good way,” said cornerback Tramon Williams, whose starting spot is secure but who knows a little something about battling up from the bottom of the depth chart as an undrafted player. “It brings out the best in guys, when you have that type of depth to compete.”

There’s also plenty to compete for. With Charles Woodson moving to safety in the base defense, there’s a cornerback spot open in base and a safety spot open in the nickel. Throw in the dime, where the sixth defensive back could be either a corner or safety, and there are multiple ways to earn roles and playing time.

Veteran corner Jarrett Bush and second-year safety M.D. Jennings have begun camp with the first units for those base and nickel spots, but on Friday, cornerback Sam Shields rotated in for a few of Bush’s snaps in base and safety Anthony Levine did the same for some of Jennings’ reps.

Then on Saturday, with the defense employing a fair amount of dime, the rotations and substitutions continued rather liberally. Cornerbacks Davon House and Casey Hayward, plus safety Jerron McMillian, among others, were all getting reps either with the first-team defense or against the first-team offense, or both.

“That’s the nature of our business,” said Bush, who sees the opportunity he has but knows that beginning camp as a starter doesn’t mean he’ll finish it there. “I’m always up for a challenge, and being in my seventh year, it’s nothing new to me.

“There’s always competition. You can never be comfortable.”

Especially when so many different guys are making plays in the team (11-on-11) drills and getting noticed this early in camp. Consider:

  • In Thursday’s opening practice, Bush was the standout with two pass break-ups, one against tight end Jermichael Finley and another in seven-on-seven.

  • Levine broke up a pass and nearly had a pick-six on Friday when he jumped a short route to tight end Eric Lair.

  • Also on Friday, Jennings hauled in an interception on a pass deflected by Greg Jennings and Williams.

  • Each of the last two days, Hayward has intercepted quarterback Graham Harrell in team work, and on Saturday he added pass break-ups against receivers Diondre Borel and Jordy Nelson during a one-on-one WR/DB drill.

  • House, who shined during spring workouts, had been waiting for his “splash” play and got it on Saturday when he stripped James Jones and recovered the fumble after a reception. Earlier, House picked off a Harrell pass intended for Randall Cobb in the one-on-ones when Cobb slipped on an out cut. After practice, House said he’s out to show “just that I ain’t no pushover” after his rookie training camp was cut short by a hamstring injury last year.

  • McMillian had also been a little under the radar until Saturday, when he broke up a pass for Lair on a QB rollout. McMillian plays near the line of scrimmage a lot and is often around the ball on running plays.

“When it comes to competition, really if you think about it, you’re not competing against the other guy,” Williams said. “When you get your reps, if you make them count, then it’s fine. But if you get your reps and you don’t make them count, that’s on you, so you’re really competing against yourself.”

Shields has probably been the quietest so far, and he gave up more completions than he would have liked on Saturday, but he’s not going to fret. Aside from Bush, Shields has more game experience than any of the competing defensive backs. He said earlier in the week that he’s focusing on being assignment-sure, and he sounded confident his big plays were on their way.

“It’s not making many mistakes,” Shields said of his biggest emphasis. “Everything is not going to be right, you’re going to mess up. But my biggest part is just working on being more aggressive. Like everybody says, I have to work on tackling, but it’s going to come.

“We’ve got along ways to go. There’s plenty of time.”

That’s the truth. This competition is just getting started.

“I feel practice is all good, but when the preseason games come around, that’s when it’s really going to count,” House said. “Be physical, make tackles, make plays.”

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