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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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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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