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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/



Mike Spofford

Mike Spofford has worked as a sportswriter in Wisconsin since 1995 and has been a packers.com staff writer since 2006. He has covered the Packers' last two Super Bowl appearances, XXXII and XLV.


Taylor just getting started

Posted May 23, 2011

Ryan Taylor finished his college career in style, but one coach who knows him well guarantees he’ll look at it as a beginning and not an end.

With three games to go as a North Carolina senior, Taylor – the jack-of-all-trades who excelled on special teams as well as played tight end and linebacker for the Tar Heels – hadn’t posted more than three catches or 34 receiving yards in any given game.

Then, with his college days winding down and fellow tight end Zack Pianalto out with an injury, Taylor suddenly emerged as the go-to offensive guy he had never been.

Against rival North Carolina State, he had five catches for 57 yards. One week later, against another in-state foe in Duke, it was six catches for 75 yards. Finally, in the bowl game and his swan song, he topped his career bests for a third straight contest, with nine receptions for 85 yards.

“The Music City Bowl,” North Carolina tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Allen Mogridge said. “Grab your bowl of popcorn, turn the thing on and watch it, if you want to get a picture of Ryan Taylor. He was a warrior in that game.

“You talk about tough. He played on special teams. He played on offense, almost every snap. When you watch the catches he made, in traffic with a dude hanging on him, he really showed up in big spots.”

Taylor caught five passes of at least 10 yards, with four picking up first downs, in North Carolina’s thrilling, double-OT victory over Tennessee.

Efforts like that, combined with his special-teams prowess, made Taylor too tempting for the Packers to pass up in the seventh round of this year’s draft, even though they had already selected another tight end in Arkansas’ D.J. Williams in the fifth round.

With so much depth at the position – the Packers added the two tight ends to a stable that already includes Jermichael Finley, Andrew Quarless and Tom Crabtree – Taylor’s path to a roster spot is almost certainly via special teams, and that will be just fine with him.

He was a special-teams captain in two different seasons in college, the two sandwiched around his lost 2009 (knee injury). Mogridge called him “reckless” on the coverage units – reckless in an intense, fiery, nobody’s-going-to-stand-in-my-way fashion.

“He came to us and said, ‘I want to be on all of the big four,’” Mogridge said, referring to the return and coverage units for both punts and kickoffs. “He takes a lot of pride in what he puts on film. Any time you turned on the cut-ups, you knew.”

Mogridge added that special teams was how Taylor “found his niche and found his way” in college, so unlike many draft picks, being forced to take the same approach in the NFL won’t require a psychological adjustment.

“I think there’s a tremendous quality in knowing your place in the world sometimes,” Mogridge said. “I think he’s a humble kid and I think he’s going to come to work. He understands the opportunity, but he also understands the responsibility and what it’s going to take.”

In that sense, Mogridge likens Taylor to another Packers late-round draft pick he happened to coach, running back James Starks, a sixth-rounder in 2010.

Mogridge was the running backs coach at Buffalo for Starks’ freshman season and the offensive line coach the following two years, when Starks averaged 1,200 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns over 2007-08 for the Buffaloes.

A shoulder injury cost Starks his senior season and dropped him down draft boards but, when he finally got healthy last year, he showed he belonged. Fortunately for Taylor, he had a year left after his season-ending knee injury in ’09 or he probably wouldn’t have been drafted at all, but the mentality to prove himself as a rookie will be similar.

“With those two kids, true blue-collar type guys, that’s a little bit of the fuel that goes into their fire,” Mogridge said.

In other words, no way Taylor rests on that flashy finish of a year ago.

“I’m telling you right now, I will be shocked if somebody doesn’t look up and that kid is catching balls on the JUGS a long time after everybody else is gone,” Mogridge said. “I would be shocked if somebody didn’t walk by a meeting room and that dude is sitting there watching film long after everybody else is gone.

“He’s one of those kinds of guys.”

For more feature stories on the 2011 draft class, click here.

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