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  • Wed., Jul. 23, 2014 5:00 PM CDT Ask Vic Day

    “Ask Vic Day” will include dinner and a movie, an “Ask Vic Live,” and a few other surprises along the way. The event will be held on July 23, 2014, at Lambeau Field. Registration will begin at 4 pm with a 5 pm kickoff. Door prizes will be awarded during the reception.

    Cost per person is $35 (tax included).

  • Thu., Jul. 24, 2014 11:00 AM CDT Shareholders Meeting

    The Green Bay Packers 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held Thursday, July 24, at 11 a.m., at Lambeau Field. The meeting will take place rain or shine.

  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 6:00 PM CDT Packers 1K Kids Run

    Back to Football also includes the 1K Kids Run, presented by WPS Health Insurance. Kids 10 years old and younger will have the opportunity to run a Lambeau Lap on Friday, July 25, at 6 p.m. Registration for the Kids Run is $10 and all participants will receive a Packers 1K Run t-shirt, a logoed bag and a participant medal.


  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 7:00 PM CDT Movie Night at Lambeau Field

    Movie Night at Lambeau Field will return this year on Friday, July 25, following the 1K Kids Run. The event is free and open to the public, and concessions will be available throughout the movie. More details will be announced at a later date.

    Time listed above is subject to change.

  • Sat., Jul. 26, 2014 6:30 PM CDT Packers 5K Run/Walk

    The fifth annual ‘5K Run/Walk at Lambeau Field,’ is set for Saturday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m.

    The computer-timed run is highlighted by a neighborhood route that ultimately takes participants into Lambeau Field and around the famed gridiron. The event has a special finish line – the Packers’ ‘G’ painted on turf located in the parking lot.

    All participants will receive a Packers 5K Run T-shirt, a logoed bag, and a bib number and timing chip. To celebrate the race’s fifth anniversary, all participants will receive a commemorative medal. In addition, photos will be taken on the course and will be available at no cost on the Packers 5K Run website.

    Packers-themed awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group. An awards ceremony will take place following the conclusion of the race.

    Registration, which is $25 for adults and $15 for children (12 and younger), will be available online beginning Friday, May 23, at www.packers.com/5k. Mail-in registration is also an option, with forms available online and in person at Lambeau Field. Runners can also register at the Bellin Run Expo on Friday, June 13, at Astor Park in Green Bay. Early registration is encouraged. After July 13, registration fees will increase to $30 and $20, respectively.

  • Thu., Jul. 31, 2014 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT PPCC Annual Reception

    The Packers Partners Annual Reception is set for Thursday, July 31, 2014 in the Lambeau Field Atrium from 4:00 PM- 7:00 PM.

    Packers Jarrett Boykin, Eddie Lacy, Datone Jones and DuJuan Harris will appear at the reception. The event will include a Player Guest Q&A, a Meet & Greet with a Packers Alumni and a Raffle Drawing.

    This is a member’s only event. Invitations will be mailed the week of June 23rd, and online registration will open at 9 am CDT on June 25th and will close on July 11th at 5 pm CDT. 

    Invitations will include all of this information and additional details.

    To sign up to become a member of the Packers Partners Club of Champions and receive an invitation to the reception, fans can go to www.packers.com/ppcc.



Vic Ketchman

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


Strength at DE is all about the tweeners

Posted Apr 5, 2012

The following is the fifth installment in a position-by-position draft preview series. Defensive linemen are featured in this installment.

The strength or weakness of the defensive end class in this year’s draft is a matter of how many tweener types are considered ends in a 4-3 defense and how many are considered outside linebackers in a 3-4.

Nick Perry, Melvin Ingram, Courtney Upshaw, Whitney Mercilus, Andre Branch, Cam Johnson and Vinny Curry are all potential first-round picks that some teams are projecting at end, while others are projecting them as outside linebackers. If they’re to be considered outside linebackers, then North Carolina’s Quinton Coples might be the only true 4-3 defensive end prospect to be drafted in the first round.

SI.com draft analyst Tony Pauline puts Upshaw and Curry in the end category, and considers Johnson and Ingram as prospects at either position. Coples is the stud of the 4-3 end prospects.

“He’s tremendous when he’s at the top of his game. He wasn’t at the top of his game last year. He can be dominant against the run and pass. He can be unstoppable,” Pauline said of Coples, who possesses ideal 4-3 end size and speed at 6-6, 290, and 4.78 in the 40.

Why wasn’t he at the top of his game last year? Those that like Coples will give him a pass due to the unsettled nature of the North Carolina program last season. Coples didn’t help himself at the Senior Bowl, but he did at the combine. He’s a bit of an enigma, but his talent is undeniable.

After Coples, the first-round will be populated by tweeners.

“There’s another guy that fits into that 3-4 outside linebacker, 4-3 end thing,” Pauline said of USC’s Perry. “He’s going to be a very good player at the next level.”

Illinois’ Mercilus exploded onto the scene as a pass rusher last season. He’s got linebacker size and speed, but is he far enough long in his development to move to linebacker? Is he big enough and strong enough to keep his hand on the ground in the NFL?

“You have to hope he’s not a one-year wonder, that last year is the rule, not the exception,” Pauline said.

The tweener class is, as always, loaded with questions and risk, but 3-4 teams such as the Packers have no option but to accept risk when they look for a pass rusher. A lot of people thought Clay Matthews was a risk pick.

Clemson’s Branch has a top size/speed dynamic, but Clemson defensive linemen have struggled in recent years, and that introduces some questions about Branch.

“When he plays, he’s dynamite. Again, I think he’s going to be a 3-4 outside linebacker. He’s going to need proper coaching and direction,” Pauline said.

You have to get down to Penn State’s Jack Crawford to find the next true 4-3 end prospect. Crawford is 6-5, 268, and runs in the 4.8’s.

“He looks the part and plays to it on occasion,” Pauline said.

Arkansas’ Jake Bequette is a down-the-road tweener prospect that represents less risk but, according to Pauline, less upside, too.

“He’s a try-hard guy. He goes a hundred miles an hour. You know what you’re getting with him,” Pauline said.

The true 3-4 ends, of course, are in the defensive tackles group.

“The 3-4 ends are basically guys that occupy blocks, not make plays on the ball,” Pauline explained. “Fletcher Cox; some people think Kendall Reyes. I think he’s more of a quick, first-step guy, but he’s got the body and athleticism to grow into (3-4 end). Maybe Devon Still. Billy Winn of Boise State fits that mold. Akiem Hicks, former LSU recruit, he can probably be a two-down end,” Pauline said in ticking off the names of prospects to play end in a 3-4.

Cox, 6-4, 295, is a first-round prospect from Mississippi State. He’s a big-body player that’s run 4.8

UConn’s Reyes was dominant at the Senior Bowl, but he projects best as a three-technique tackle in a 4-3.

Penn State’s Still, 6-5, 305, is a banger with the size and strength to hold the point in a 3-4. Still is a first-round prospect.

Winn, 6-3, 296, of Boise State is in the Still mold. Hicks, 6-5, 301, played at Regina and could become a late-round steal.

LSU’s Michael Brockers, 6-6, 306, is a pure 4-3 defensive tackle and considered to be the top of the class.

Memphis’ Dontari Poe lit up the combine and he’s the fastest-rising guy in the draft. Is he for real?

“I think so. He definitely can play. He needs to learn how to use his strength. He didn’t show a lot of strength on the field. He moves around the field like a power forward. They would drop him in zone coverage,” Pauline said of Poe, 6-5, 350, who ran in the 4.9s at the combine.

“It’s average. There are no super stars,” Pauline said of the defensive tackle class.

The defensive end class? It depends on where you put the tweeners.

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