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  • 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.

  • 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/



Vic Ketchman

Vic Ketchman is a veteran of 40 NFL seasons and has covered the Steelers and Jaguars prior to coming to Green Bay.


McClellin is linebacker on the move

Posted Apr 9, 2012

The following is the sixth installment in a position-by-position draft preview series. Linebackers are featured in this installment.

It’s a position at which questions must be answered before this year’s draft class can even be graded or ranked: 4-3 or 3-4? Defensive end or outside linebacker?

“There are close to a dozen college defensive ends that are going to be drafted as 3-4 outside linebackers,” si.com draft analyst Tony Pauline said, referring to players such as Melvin Ingram, Nick Perry, Whitney Mercilus and Andrew Branch, all of whom were college defensive ends and who were mentioned in the draft preview series installment on defensive linemen.

Boise State’s Shea McClellin is another such college defensive end and seems to translate to outside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive scheme, which is the Packers’ base defense. McClellin made a seamless transition to outside linebacker at the Senior Bowl, turned in an eye-popping combine workout in which he ran in the 4.6s, and now finds himself as one of the fast-rising players in this draft class.

“McClellin is one of the most versatile and complete guys. He’s not as good a rusher or playmaker as Melvin Ingram, but he’s a very good linebacker. He plays hard; he just doesn’t have a lot of experience at a traditional linebacker spot,” Pauline said.

“He’s moving up boards. He won’t be there for the Packers. You saw how well he did at the Senior Bowl. He interviews well; he’s a smart guy.”

Just as McClellin is an end that projects to linebacker, Alabama’s Dont'a Hightower is an inside linebacker that, in a 3-4, might project to the outside. Hightower was a straight-line run-stuffer in college, but he ran and worked out well enough at the combine to cause 3-4 teams to believe he can cover in a short-area drop zone; he certainly has the power, speed and aggressiveness to be a pass rusher, though he wasn’t featured in that role at Alabama.

Grading and ranking the linebackers is a purely personal thing. It’s all in what a team envisions as what would be a prospect’s role. The Packers, of course, are looking for an outside pass-rush complement to Clay Matthews.

“It’s a great year for 3-4 outside linebackers; it’s a very average year for 4-3 outside linebackers. Zach Brown would be the best 4-3 outside linebacker, hands down. Lot of upside. Just has to put the pedal to the metal,” Pauline said.

Brown, of North Carolina, is viewed as a 4-3 weak-side linebacker, but his speed, a scintillating 4.45 40, might be viewed by a 3-4 defensive coordinator as something he wants to feature on the inside. Pauline doesn’t think Brown is tall enough to play on the outside in a 3-4.

“His pass-rush skills are very average. He doesn’t have the height to be an outside guy. It depends on the system,” Pauline said.

West Virginia’s Bruce Irvin lit up the combine with his speed. He’s a college defensive end whose lack of size will require him to play linebacker, probably as a rush-backer in a 3-4.

“He’s got the athleticism. He’s got to learn to be a good football player. He’s got the size/speed numbers. He’s got a tremendous amount of upside. He’s got to polish his game,” Pauline said.

Pauline also thinks Florida State’s Nigel Bradham and Arkansas State’s Demario Davis offer the speed and body types to play in a 3-4, but they are mostly viewed as 4-3 weak-side candidates. Davis ran 4.49 at the combine.

Boston College’s Luke Kuechly is considered by most to be the most polished of the traditional 4-3 middle linebackers.

Down the line guys? Pauline likes TCU’s Tank Carder and Utah State’s Bobby Wagner.

Carder is solidly built and ran 4.6 at the combine. “He needs some polish. I have him as a fifth-round pick,” said Pauline, who believes Carder could become a “steal.”

Wagner is a traditional 4-3 outside linebacker that can play run and pass.

Oklahoma’s Ronnell Lewis is another potential tweener prospect for a team such as the Packers. Lewis ran 4.65 at the combine on a 6-2, 250 frame. Pauline says that if Lewis’ football-playing ability catches up to his athletic skill, he could become an impact player.

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