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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/



Vic Ketchman

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


Packers assemble wall of protectors

Posted Aug 10, 2011

Aaron Rodgers is so critical to the Packers’ success that three-fifths of his offensive line is comprised of left tackles.

“That’s always a goal, to keep Aaron off his back,” Packers offensive lineman Nick McDonald said.

Yeah, when your quarterback is the current Super Bowl MVP, your offensive line’s responsibility is pretty clear: Take care of “The Man.”

In General Manager Ted Thompson’s quest to do just that, he has surrounded Rodgers with the makings of one of the top offensive lines in the game. Veteran Chad Clifton, one of the league’s top pass-blockers over the last 11 years, remains a fixture at left tackle. Bryan Bulaga, a left tackle at Iowa and the Packers’ first-round pick in 2010, is at right tackle. Derek Sherrod, a left tackle at Mississippi State and the Packers’ first-round pick this year, is at left guard.

“We have to protect our quarterback. We’ve got to get into the 20s (in sacks). He’s taking too many sacks,” Offensive Coordinator Joe Philbin said of Rodgers, who was sacked 31 times in 2010. There was also the matter of a couple of games lost to a concussion, the result of scrambling out of the pocket.

Protecting Rodgers, which is to say protecting the franchise, is being entrusted this season to arguably the best collection of offensive line talent the Packers have enjoyed in the Mike McCarthy era.

“You have Chad, kind of the left tackle that’s been there forever. We just have to be smart with him during training camp. He’s in much better shape this year than he has been coming into camp. He’s two years removed now from the four surgeries he had, so he looks good,” McCarthy said, complying with a request that he evaluate his team’s offensive line.

Scott Wells and Josh Sitton, I felt last year performed at the highest level in our offensive line, and it looks like they’ve picked up right where they left off. I’m very impressed with those guys,” McCarthy said.

“Bryan Bulaga has really improved from last year. I think he would be classified as a young man that’s making the jump from year one to year two. He looks a lot more comfortable. He’s playing faster.

“And left guard is wide open. T.J. Lang and Derek are competing for that. Nick McDonald would have a chance, but we feel we need to play him more exclusively at center,” McCarthy added.

Another young blocker with long-range potential has surfaced in this training camp. Marshall Newhouse, a 6-4, 320-pound tackle who was a fifth-round pick in ’10, is beginning to make his move.

“I watched him on a number of snaps today and I thought he did a lot of nice things playing both left and right tackle,” McCarthy said of Newhouse following Tuesday’s practice. “And there’s a bunch of young guys after that. It’s a group that has a chance to be probably one of the better offensive lines that we’ve had in my time here.”

Bulaga is the fastest riser currently. Considered to have been a “steal” late in the first round of the ’10 draft, Bulaga moved into the starting lineup one month into the regular season and elevated his play throughout the postseason. He is continuing his ascent this summer.

“He has Clay Matthews over him frequently (in practice). That’s good work for both of those guys,” Offensive Line Coach James Campen said of Bulaga.

When the Packers selected Sherrod with the final pick of the first round of this year’s draft, the immediate question was: Which first-round pick, Bulaga or Sherrod, will become the Packers’ left tackle when Clifton retires?

Does it matter as long as Rodgers is upright?

“You’re always looking to get your best five. You get to learn the pro game from inside out; that’s an advantage,” Campen said in explaining the thinking behind making Sherrod the first-team left guard from the start of training camp. “He’s not crossing the ball. He’s not having to get into a right-hand stance.”

Wells is a steady and underrated center, and right guard Sitton is coming into the prime years of his career.

“It’s a big year, obviously. I think I’ve come into my own as a guard in the league. I can focus on me and the small things and work to keep getting better. The first goal is to win a championship. After that, personal things come, like Pro Bowls. I’m a competitive person, so I want to be the best I can be,” Sitton said.

McDonald, who is being groomed as a guard-center swingman, and guard-tackle T.J. Lang provide depth.

“In my three years, this is definitely the youngest line we’ve had. We’ve got a lot of talent. We’ve got a lot of guys that can play. The key this year is building on the good things we did last year,” Lang said.

It begins with protecting Rodgers.

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