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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/

     

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Vic Ketchman

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

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Packers tight ends flavorful

Posted May 21, 2011


Ben McAdoo is a coach in a proverbial candy shop of flavorful tight ends.

Looking for something with a burst of flavor? Try the Jermichael Finley flavor; it’s guaranteed not to disappoint.

Your tastes trend toward the traditional? Well, then you’ll love second-year man Andrew Quarless.

Want something with a lot of different flavors rolled into one? Fifth-round draft pick D.J. Williams might be just for you.

“I’m looking forward to getting my hands on these guys,” McAdoo, the Packers’ tight ends coach, said.

McAdoo is the coach of a unit that’s favored by the offensive design of a head coach who likes to remind people he’s a former tight end, which is Coach Mike McCarthy’s way of saying don’t be surprised if the tight end position gets more than its fair share of attention. Why not?

“In this offense, this is the best position to play in the league. You really have a chance to showcase your talents. We’ll use you to play outside the numbers. We’ll play you in a traditional tight end position. We’ll play you in a backfield position. We have the type of guys that are athletic enough to put themselves into position to be successful,” McAdoo said.

“You can’t say I’m not being used right,” he added.

No tight end in McCarthy’s offense dares make that complaint. It’s almost as though McCarthy and McAdoo have a tight end for every role.

  • Finley, who is coming off a season lost to a knee injury, is the Packers’ star tight end. He’s the big, game-breaking, pass-catching threat that can take the Packers from the No. 9 offense in the league to No. 1.

  • Quarless is a big, rugged blocker with speed and deep-seam potential.

  • Williams is a hybrid-sized motion tight end that offers potential to be used as fullback/H-back, slot receiver and even wide receiver.

  • Tom Crabtree, a former undrafted free agent and practice-squad member, is a classic in-line blocker that, McAdoo said, is a better pass-catcher than people give him credit for being.

Most of the excitement is for the return of Finley.

“I expect him to come in and continue to improve, continue to get better, and the sky is the limit,” McAdoo said. “Quarless, same thing. I expect him to take a nice jump this year. He’s going to improve in all areas. He plays the game fast.

“When you see 88 (Finley) move around out there, you’ll understand what the buzz is about,” McAdoo told the reporter, voluntarily going back to discussion about Finley. “Whether it’s practice or games, the guy’s about football.”

Tight end is the position of more creativity than at any other position in football these days. Once upon a time, the philosophy was that every wide receiver on the roster ran faster, jumped higher, caught better and could do more with the ball after the catch than the team’s best tight end, so why throw it to a tight end? Tight ends, after all, were made to block.

“The gap is closing. Those basketball guys, the guys with the length, the radius they have is so much larger. You can put the ball in a larger radius and have it be a completed pass,” McAdoo said.

With an increasing emphasis on the passing game, tight ends have become two parts receiver and one part blocker. It’s all about creating mismatches and McAdoo has the personnel to do it.

“Usually you have a tight end with a linebacker, a safety. Usually the length advantage is going to be there. You throw the ball on their back shoulder and you’re going to have an advantage,” McAdoo said.

“You turn on the college tapes and those guys don’t exist anymore,” he added of the old-fashioned block-a-lot, catch-a-little tight ends. “You look for the guys that have length, flexibility and spit fire. We’re not looking for finesse guys and our guys aren’t finesse guys.”

Finley and Quarless have length. Williams specializes in flexibility.

“We’re not a power team. We’re a zone (blocking) team. He’s going to do some move stuff for us. I see him as a smaller Alge Crumpler. He plays with a good feel,” McAdoo said of Williams.

“Quarless should be able to do everything. He should be able to block at the point (of attack) and he can run.

“Jermichael, in my mind, is like Michael Irvin playing tight end,” McAdoo added.

That’s a lot of flavor for one position.

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