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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.


Questions to answer at running back

Posted Feb 2, 2012

Packers.com is examining the Packers roster position by position. In this installment, we look at the running backs.

The Packers’ rush offense fell to 27th in the league in 2011, and that’s likely an issue the team will seek to address in this offseason. They may have no choice but to address their running game because long-time starting running back Ryan Grant is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March. Will the Packers try to re-sign him? Will they pursue new talent at the position? Those are critical questions that’ll be answered over the next three months.

Grant rushed for 559 yards, 19 yards behind the team’s leading rusher, James Starks. Grant averaged 4.2 yards per carry with a long gain of 47 yards, and caught 19 passes for 268 yards, with a long reception of 80 yards that went for a touchdown in the regular-season finale against Detroit. Grant, 29, was durable and dependable in 2011, following a season lost to an ankle injury.

Did he make it all the way back from that injury? Can he get back to the 1,200-yard rusher he was in ’08 and ’09? The answers to those questions will likely determine Grant’s future with the team.

Starks showed flashes of greatness in his second pro season, both as a runner and as a receiver. He was a dominant figure in the team’s Week 2 win in Carolina and appeared to be poised for a big season, but nagging injuries held his play time and production down. In addition to his 578 yards rushing and 4.3 yards-per-carry average, Starks caught 29 passes for 216 yards.

Is Starks ready to become a feature back? Can he stay healthy for a whole season? The answers to those questions will also be applied to the team’s pursuit of talent at the position.

Rookie third-round draft choice Alex Green was dazzling late in the preseason, but his season ended in Week 7 when he sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Green, a punishing runner at 6-0, 225, flashed big-play ability in the preseason, in addition to his between-the-tackles power.

Can Green develop into a feature back? The answer to that question will also be key in the Packers’ plans for the position.

Undrafted free-agent rookie Brandon Saine came off the practice squad late in the season to rush for 69 yards on 18 carries and catch 10 passes for 69 yards. Saine did enough to give the Packers reason to believe he can become a depth player. At the least, he will provide competition at the position.

Veteran fullback John Kuhn fills a role: He’s the Packers’ touchdown-maker, a goal-line wizard that rushed for four touchdowns and caught two touchdown passes. Based on his 30 carries for 78 yards, Kuhn scored a rushing touchdown every 7.5 carries.

Behind Kuhn at fullback is Jon Hoese, an undrafted rookie that spent the season on the practice squad.

Summary—The Packers are a pass-first offense, but a more productive running game would add balance to the offense, help quiet the pass rush and open the passing lanes. It’s expected that the Packers will address the running back position in the offseason. To that end, this year’s draft class of running backs is said to be thin at the top, but deep in talent in the later rounds.

Position-by-position series: Quarterbacks

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