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  • 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
  • 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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Youth On Roster Expected To Contribute

Posted Sep 5, 2010

Despite coming off a postseason appearance and heading into the new season with high expectations, the Green Bay Packers still may have one of the youngest teams in the league in 2010.

All six of the team’s healthy draft picks (minus injured running back James Starks), three non-drafted rookies (cornerback Sam Shields, outside linebacker Frank Zombo and offensive lineman Nick McDonald) and two other non-drafted first-year players (tight end Tom Crabtree and punter Tim Masthay) made the final 53-man roster.

But in his discussion of the weekend’s roster moves on Sunday, General Manager Ted Thompson emphasized that young players with long-term potential were not kept at the expense of players who could have contributed more right away. The Packers will need their young players to help immediately – for example, Shields could be the No. 3 cornerback for the season opener, while Crabtree may be on all the special teams units.

The Packers don’t want to be forced to rely on too much youth in 2010, because that will mean far more than the usual number of injuries will have hit, but Thompson feels all the young players on the roster provide the best options depth-wise this year, as well as possibly down the road.

“Potential is overrated,” Thompson said, pointing out that it doesn’t factor into the roster decisions as much as some think. “We want to win. We want to win now.”

With that, here’s a breakdown of some of the areas of the roster Thompson talked about on Sunday:

Return game/special teams
The decision to seek an injury settlement with return man Will Blackmon leaves the Packers in the same place as a year ago in the return game following Blackmon’s season-ending knee injury in Week 4.

Receiver Jordy Nelson is likely to be a top option on both punt and kickoff returns, while running back Brandon Jackson got his most extensive look on kickoff returns this summer. Cornerback Tramon Williams may be the most dynamic punt returner on the roster, but he’ll be a starter on defense for at least the first six weeks of the regular season and will at a minimum be the nickel back when Al Harris returns, and whether the coaches would risk his health on special teams is unclear at this point.

Thompson also didn’t rule out possibly bringing Blackmon back after the expiration of his injury settlement and the requisite six-week waiting period, but that’s a consideration nearly two months away, at least.

In essence, Thompson is counting on the extensive practice time devoted to special teams and the second year under special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum to improve the team’s return game and coverage units. Also, with Masthay beating out Chris Bryan in a close battle for the punting job, improved production from the punter should boost the overall special teams performance as well.

“I think our special teams has been a focus all offseason,” Thompson said. “I know there were times during the preseason games where it didn’t look like we were performing well, but we think we have got a good 53-man roster and we think that leads to having pretty good special teams, so that is what we believe in.”

Tight ends/fullbacks
One of the more surprising developments numbers-wise is that the Packers kept a total of seven at these positions – four tight ends and three fullbacks.

“We like the different groups that we can put out there during the course of a game,” Thompson said. “We think being able to substitute the way we do, we think that gives us something of an edge.”

Fifth-round draft pick Andrew Quarless and Crabtree were chosen over Spencer Havner in what amounted to three players battling for two spots. Thompson said he liked the ability he saw from the athletic Quarless in the last couple of preseason games, with four catches for 40 yards and a TD against the Colts and Chiefs, after some early struggles in camp.

Meanwhile Crabtree had simply “earned a spot on the team,” according to Thompson, with his hard work, dedication to blocking, and playing through a wrist injury that limited his pass-catching to this point. Crabtree will be looked to as a replacement on special teams for Havner, who was a core member of those units all of 2009.

At fullback, keeping Korey Hall, John Kuhn and Quinn Johnson for the second straight year is qualified somewhat by the fact that Kuhn is also the No. 3 running back behind Ryan Grant and Jackson. As for Johnson, who is not the special teams contributor that Hall and Kuhn are, Thompson indicated he saw improvement in the 2009 fifth-round draft pick and believes his value will show up in the short-yardage and cold-weather running game.

“He is a very physical, dynamic lead blocker,” Thompson said. “You get in games in November and December and you want to keep the ball or get first downs or whatever, I think he is a very valuable player. I thought he played very well this preseason.”

Linebackers
The Packers have only eight on the roster, which is one fewer than last year and may be viewed as a little light for a 3-4 defense. But all of them have multiple years of NFL experience except for Zombo, and judging by Thompson’s comments on the non-drafted rookie from Central Michigan, it’s very likely all eight of the linebackers will be active and seeing the field on gamedays.

Thompson credited outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene with bringing Zombo along in a hurry, and he was impressed with the former defensive end’s transition to a new position and insistence on continuing to practice and play despite a significant ankle injury.

“When Frank had to play a lot of the preseason games, a high percentage of plays, we felt like he consistently made plays and hustled and showed athletic ability,” Thompson said. “It’s not the easiest thing in the world to play in a three-point stance almost your entire college career, and all of a sudden you’re playing in a two-point stance and dropping into coverage and things like that. But I think he proved that he could do that. We’re counting on him helping this team this year.”

As a group, the Packers will enter the season with two pairs of inside linebackers in Nick Barnett, A.J. Hawk, Brandon Chillar and Desmond Bishop, and two pairs on the outside in Clay Matthews, Brad Jones, Brady Poppinga and Zombo, as the middlemen to run defensive coordinator Dom Capers’ 3-4. The one swing player is Chillar, who got a fair amount of work at outside linebacker during camp and could take some snaps there along with his customary inside role in the nickel package.

“I think there’s really good depth, guys that we can put in the game and continue to play,” Thompson said. “Again, the NFL is a hard business and you have attrition from time to time, and guys will miss a game and things like that. I think we can continue to play, and we have the quality of players I think that we can use the different packages that Dom likes to do.”

Odds & Ends
Thompson said that the team did not put in any waiver claims on players released from other teams, and that there were extensive trade discussions with several teams over the past couple of weeks, but no trades materialized. Thompson stated that he isn’t inclined to make any trades prior to the final preseason game because of how injury and roster situations can change, and in the end other teams decided to take their chances on the waiver wire with any players the Packers might be releasing.

Thompson also said the Packers would announce their practice squad on Monday morning. He indicated Bryan, as a backup punter, would be an option for the practice squad.

 
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