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  • Wed., Apr. 16, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Ironwood 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:

    Ironwood: Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort. To benefit Ironwood Volunteer Fire Department. Tickets on sale at Super One Foods, 1480 E. Cloverland Dr., Ironwood, Mich.

  • 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

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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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Speed concerns at top of WR crop

Posted Mar 30, 2012

The following is the third installment in a position-by-position draft preview series. Wide receivers and tight ends are featured in this installment.


The Packers have a deep and talented receiving corps. That’s good because it’s thought this isn’t the best year to be looking for receivers in the draft.

A wide receiver crop si.com draft analyst Tony Pauline refers to as “good at the top and then really falls off,” lacks speed at the top and offers speed in risk/reward ways that’ll tempt teams desperate for a threat on the outside.

Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon and Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd are the consensus top prospects. Blackmon is a big, thick receiver who’s drawn comparison to Michael Irvin. Floyd combines speed and good hands.

Blackmon helped himself by running in the mid to high 4.4 range at his pro day recently. He declined to run at the combine and that immediately caused scouts to be suspicious of his speed.

Floyd ran in the 4.4’s at the combine and turned in an impressive pass-catching display. He had an up and down college career but there’s no doubting his physical tools.

Those two are followed by South Carolina’s Alshon Jeffrey, a 6-4, 230, prospect similar in size to Jonathan Baldwin, selected in the first round last year. Jeffrey presents speed concerns.

“I think it’s deep but primarily second and third receivers, not a whole lot of number ones,” Pauline said of this year’s wide receiver crop.

Baylor’s Kendall Wright brings loads of production, but he’s 5-10, 190, and ran a disappointing 4.61 at the combine.

Teams wanting speed will train their eyes on Stephen Hill, who ran a lights-out 4.31 at the combine.

Hill is to this year’s class as Demaryius Thomas was to the 2010 class. Both are out of Georgia Tech, which runs the wishbone and treats the pass as an afterthought. Thomas was selected 22nd overall by Denver and blossomed into a deep-receiving threat this year. Can the same be expected of Hill?

“Stephen Hill is a blazer. Can he play? Yes, but he’s undeveloped. In that system at Georgia Tech, he ran go routes. That offense doesn’t lend to development at the wide receiver position. He has an amazing amount of upside. He’s a good kid,” Pauline said of Hill.

Hey, it worked for Denver with Thomas, right?

Stanford’s Chris Owusu ran 4.35 at the combine, Illinois’ A.J. Jenkins ran a 4.37, Miami’s Travis Benjamin and North Carolina State’s T.J. Graham each ran 4.38, and Wake Forest’s Chris Givens ran a 4.39, but those are all down-the-road type prospects. Oh, for that kind of speed at the top of the class.

Arkansas’ Joe Adams had a sensational week of practice at the Senior Bowl and was poised to explode up the draft board as a DeSean Jackson type of player, but then Adams ran 4.55 at the combine and that likely dropped his stock.

LSU’s Rueben Randle was thought to be a first-round prospect, but then he ran 4.58 at the combine and that probably will have pushed him down.

Arizona’s Juron Criner came out of nowhere to turn heads in his direction at the Senior Bowl. The 4.6 he ran at the combine pushed him decidedly into a possession receiver role.

Pauline likes two down-the-road types: Ohio’s LaVon Brazill and Boise State’s Tyler Shoemaker.

“Reliable receiver, dangerous runner after the catch and also brings return ability,” Pauline said of Brazill, who starred in a couple of TV games late in the season. “Shoemaker ran in the 4.4’s and is very underrated. He could become a very productive fourth receiver.”

That might be what this class yields, a lot of depth-type receivers. It’s not thought to be an especially deep and talented class of tight ends, either.

Stanford’s Coby Fleener, 6-6, 250, is thought to be the best of the tight ends, followed closely by Clemson’s Dwayne Allen, 6-4, 245, and Georgia’s Orson Charles, 6-3, 241. Allen’s stock might’ve dropped a little after running 4.8 at the combine.

“A lot of downfield pass catchers, not too many complete tight ends,” Pauline said of a tight end crop that will offer a lot of H-backs and not many in-line blockers.

If there’s a star-to-be in the class, it might be Missouri’s Michael Egnew, 6-5, 251, who has the body to be an every-down tight end and the speed and athletic ability to be a downfield threat. Egnew broad-jumped 11-1 and ran 4.52 at the combine. He was not used as a blocker in college.

Oklahoma’s James Hanna, a 6-3, 244, H-back type, ran a blistering 4.48 at the combine and clearly helped himself.

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