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  • 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.

    http://www.packers.com/5k

  • 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.

     
  • Sat., Aug. 02, 2014 5:30 PM CDT Packers Family Night, presented by Bellin Health

    ‘Family Night’ will serve as the introduction of the 2014 Green Bay Packers, in-person to a capacity crowd in Lambeau Field and on television to a state-wide audience.

    The event, which begins with in-stadium activities at 5:30 p.m., will benefit the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids foster care adoption program, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

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Compensatory picks have proved valuable to Packers

Posted Apr 13, 2013

One extra selection was awarded to Green Bay in the fifth round, No. 167 overall, this year

A compensatory draft choice in 2010, Marshall Newhouse was the No. 169 overall pick. The Packers have a compensatory pick at No. 167 this year.

Photos: Packers have enjoyed success with compensatory draft picks

GREEN BAY—It was a brief news item a few weeks ago that received little notice, but it could play a more significant role in the Packers’ future than many realize.

Green Bay was awarded one compensatory draft choice in this month’s draft, a fifth-rounder, No. 167 overall. That gives the Packers eight picks in the upcoming draft, including the club’s regular selection in each of the seven rounds.

Compensatory choices are awarded based on an undisclosed formula that calculates a team’s net loss in free agency from the previous year. It’s not particularly exciting news or entirely understood, but it’s worth noting the players the Packers have acquired over the years with these extra choices.

On the current team, two-fifths of the starting offensive line in right guard Josh Sitton (fourth round, 2008) and left tackle Marshall Newhouse (fifth round, 2010) were selected with compensatory picks, plus a potential starting cornerback in Davon House (fourth round, 2011). Additional defensive prospects were added last year in lineman Mike Daniels and safety Jerron McMillian (both fourth round).

Going back further, other notable compensatory picks for the Packers have included center Scott Wells (seventh round, 2004), tight end David Martin (sixth round, 2001), punter Josh Bidwell (fourth round, 1999), quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (sixth round, 1998) and a trio of players in 1996 – cornerback Tyrone Williams (third round), guard Marco Rivera (sixth round) and linebacker Keith McKenzie (seventh round).

There’s no telling in advance what kind of player the Packers will find in their compensatory slot this year. It isn’t as high as where Sitton and House were selected, in the 130s, but No. 167 is two spots ahead of where Newhouse was picked three years ago.

The Packers regularly acquire compensatory picks because they aren’t big players in the free-agent market, but they couldn’t even be sure they were going to get one this year. The fact that they did sheds some light on the league’s calculations.

The Packers lost Wells and quarterback Matt Flynn in free agency while signing center Jeff Saturday. Wells was on injured reserve by midseason and Flynn never played, losing Seattle’s starting job to rookie Russell Wilson. Meanwhile, Saturday started 14 games for Green Bay and was named to the NFC’s Pro Bowl squad.

Yet, the Packers still received a middle-of-the-road selection (compensatory picks are no higher than third-rounders), an indication the value of the contracts signed by the coming and going free agents weigh more than the players’ actual performance.

Compensatory picks can’t be traded, but that isn’t to say they don’t influence other draft-day trades.

The Packers had four compensatory picks last year, the two in the fourth round plus two in the seventh (used on a pair of developmental prospects in offensive tackle Andrew Datko and quarterback B.J. Coleman). All those picks no doubt gave General Manager Ted Thompson the flexibility to trade up with regular selections three times in one weekend – a record in his tenure – to draft defenders Jerel Worthy, Casey Hayward and Terrell Manning.

The Packers don’t enter this year’s draft with the double-digit pick arsenal of a year ago, so trading up seems less likely, though it certainly can’t be ruled out. What is a given is the Packers will take that compensatory pick as seriously as any other. Their track record proves it.

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