Coming Up
  • 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 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

  • 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.



First impressions matter on rookie weekend

Posted May 10, 2013

Draft picks, rookie free agents, tryout players all being evaluated by Packers

RB Eddie Lacy

GREEN BAY—The Don Hutson Center is the land of opportunity this weekend.

That was Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s message to the 11 draft picks, dozen rookie and first-year free-agent signees and 27 tryout players who had their first practice as Green Bay Packers on Friday.

The workout was the first of three slated for rookie orientation over the weekend, and while most of the cameras and media observers were focused on top draft choices Datone Jones, Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin, the coaches and the personnel staff are charged with giving “everybody an opportunity,” McCarthy said.

Noting that “50 percent of our football team” is made up of sixth- and seventh-round draft picks and undrafted free agents – and indeed, 28 of the players on the 53-man roster for last season’s final game began their Packers careers fitting that description – McCarthy said it’s in everyone’s best interests to provide a fair shot.

“I’ve changed the philosophy of our program,” McCarthy said, only half-jokingly. “We’ve been noted as a draft-and-develop football team, but we’re really a draft-or-undrafted-and-develop football team. That’s what the facts show and something we take a lot of pride in.

“We have great trust and belief in our personnel department, and it’s our responsibility as a coaching staff to get these young men developed and fit into our program.”

Workouts filled with so much youth and inexperience naturally lose crispness at times, but they do produce moments when an otherwise little-known player flashes his talent.

Kansas State’s Angelo Pease, an undrafted rookie running back, was one McCarthy noticed from the two brief periods of 11-on-11 work conducted on Friday.

“He jumped out on that run,” McCarthy said, referring to a cutback to daylight by Pease. “That’s a big-time cut. Frankly, I thought it was Eddie Lacy, just the way he dropped his weight and hit the hole.”

As for the real Lacy, the second-round pick from the national champions made a good first impression, too.

“He definitely is very smooth,” McCarthy said. “You can see the things, particularly in the run game, that he did at Alabama. Obviously, he was very well-coached there, just his comfort in the inside, outside zone footworks. I’m glad he’s here.”

McCarthy said the same about Jones and Franklin, the UCLA graduates selected in the first and fourth rounds, respectively. McCarthy talked to both after they arrived late Thursday night and is impressed with how new UCLA coach Jim Mora Jr. prepared them for the NFL.

Jones, a defensive end, is coming from a 3-4 scheme similar to the one Dom Capers runs in Green Bay, which will only help his transition to the pros.

“Datone hit the lottery in a number of different ways,” McCarthy said. “It’s the same terminology. It will be pretty seamless for him.”

View photos from Friday's practice

This weekend should be smoothest for the seven holdovers from last year’s practice squad who are still eligible to participate in a rookie camp, and the impression they make matters, as well.

Quarterback B.J. Coleman, a seventh-round draft pick last year, made probably the play of the day with a rainbow throw deep down the middle that nestled nicely into Ohio State tight end Jake Stoneburner’s arms.

“You look for them to be a cut above,” McCarthy said of the returning practice-squad players. “It’s a real indicator the coaching staff and the personnel department pays a lot of attention to, because if they’re not, then that’s obviously not a positive sign.

“I thought B.J. exhibited that today, as far as his command in the huddle, where to go with the football. Based on what I saw, I was pleased.”

Practices continue Saturday and Sunday, providing plenty to evaluate. Every year, at least one or two tryout players are signed and brought to training camp, and at least one or two undrafted rookies make the 53-man roster.

McCarthy believes this year will be no different.

“If you ask any player that’s in that locker room, they all feel they have a chance, regardless if they were drafted or undrafted,” he said.

“You’re looking for players that fit. This is an opportunity for competition. That’s the theme of the weekend. I expect everyone to grab hold of that opportunity, and we’re off to a good start.”

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