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    “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.

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  • 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.

     

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Is Derek Carr headed for top of the quarterback crop?

Posted Jan 21, 2014

Senior Bowl start of job interview that ends in May

MOBILE, AL—Derek Carr gave an encore performance at the Senior Bowl on Tuesday, and it had the look of something well planned and conceived.

Scouts stretched across the field as they watched Carr throw goal-line passes to South wide receivers Kevin Norwood of Alabama, Cody Hoffman of BYU and Mike Davis of Texas. Carr threw slants and fades to the delight of his agent, who stood a few paces behind his star quarterback and watched.

Were the scouts watching the top quarterback in this draft class? Underclassmen Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel are widely ranked at the top of the quarterbacks in this year’s draft, but Carr is almost without a doubt the top senior quarterback in the class, and the Senior Bowl is providing him with a stage on which he might raise his stock, as E.J. Manuel did during this week last year.

“I throw hundreds of balls every day,” Carr explained, following his impressive post-practice performance at Ladd Peebles Stadium. “This is what I’ve been dreaming of since I was little. I know this is a job interview.”

Carr’s older brother, David, used the Senior Bowl to become the first pick of the 2002 NFL draft. Derek isn’t likely to reach that high, but a quarterback crop that appears to lack a clear-cut top to it could be vulnerable to a major move up the board by Carr, who has the size, arm strength and stats to cause a team to “fall in love.” Those are Carr’s words.

What team might’ve fallen in love with Carr on Tuesday, a windy day that caused the rest of the Senior Bowl quarterbacks’ passes to sail and flutter? Carr’s passes never strayed from their intended course. They were tight, sharp and on time. He played at a level even higher than Manuel did last year, and Manuel used the Senior Bowl to launch himself from the third round to the 16th overall selection.

“The wind’s not a factor. If you throw it hard enough, it doesn’t matter,” Carr said, picking his words carefully and skillfully, as media and scouts alike interviewed him following practice.

Carr wasn’t the only player whose stock is on the rise. Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland followed a strong performance on Monday with an even stronger showing on Tuesday. He was unblockable in the back-on-backer drill.

“I feel like I can compete with all of these guys. I feel I prepare the best,” Borland said.

At 5-11, 246, Borland doesn’t have ideal size, but he makes up for it with ideal instincts and quickness.

“I feel I can show I’m a better athlete than people think,” he said of his goal this week.

The Packers are likely interested in selecting a linebacker or two.

“That would be cool,” Borland said. “I grew up rooting for the Packers, but I’d be happy to play anywhere.”

Borland’s remarks were measured and prepared, as were Carr’s, and it’s for good reason.

“There are a lot of good football players and we’re going to get a chance to smell their breath up close and personal,” Atlanta Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith said. Smith and his staff are the coaches for the North this week.

“I tell the players … this is the beginning of a very long job interview and it ends in May. It’s probably the most intense job interview they’ll go through, so put your best foot forward,” Smith said.

There can be no false steps or attempts at deception. This is a time for NFL scouts and coaches to gather information, and any attempt to hide the truth will provide information that could cause a player’s draft stock to drop dramatically. Consider this exchange between Utah cornerback Keith McGill and a Redskins scout:

“Any off-the-field issues?”

“I do have off-the-field issues, but that’s in the past,” said McGill, who admitted to several events he’d like to erase from his past. He then added, “In 2013, I tried to stay out of trouble.”

McGill was a safety for his first three years at Utah, but was moved to cornerback for his senior season and used that change in his career to also effect a change in his lifestyle. Cornerback is more than a position for him, it’s a commitment.

“I’m not going to turn down any opportunity,” he said when asked about playing safety, which has been projected by some as the best position for him in the NFL, “but I prefer corner. I was pretty successful with it and I think I could only improve.”

This is a time to say and do all the right things. Carr worked overtime at it on Tuesday.

 
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