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  • Wed., Jul. 23, 2014 5:00 PM CDT Ask Vic Day

    “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.

    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.

     

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Mike McCarthy praises defense as spring fades into summer

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Nick Perry will have to catch up during training camp

GREEN BAY—Heading into the final practice of the spring, the Packers defense is making good on Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s “big letters” promise the unit will be improved in 2014.

“I feel very good about our defense. We’ve never been this far with the mental consistency,” McCarthy said following Tuesday’s opening day of a three-day mini-camp.

Wednesday is likely to be a team-building day, which often means a trip to the bowling alley, and that would make Thursday’s practice the last before training camp.

“We expect to be improved,” Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers said. “That’s our goal. We expect to be improved over where we were a year ago.”

The Packers were in the bottom third of the league’s defensive rankings last season. A move into the top third would be a dramatic but not unrealistic expectation for a team that has invested a lot of high draft picks and a big free-agent contract on the defensive side of the ball.

“You hope this gives you a good basis and things happen fast in training camp,” Capers said. “I understand what my job is, to get the defense to play the best it can.”

The good news on defense this spring is that Julius Peppers, signed to a big free-agent deal in March, has made an encouraging transition from defensive end to linebacker. Good news also includes the return to health of cornerback Casey Hayward, the Packers’ 2012 interceptions leader, who intercepted a pass in Tuesday’s practice. Hayward missed nearly all of last season with a hamstring injury.

“He’ll be one of those hybrid types,” Capers said of Peppers. “He’ll rush, he’ll drop.”

Peppers will be used at the Packers’ “elephant” position. Asked to describe the duties of an “elephant,” Capers said: “An elephant, for us in some schemes, could be an outside linebacker, a defensive end in other schemes.”

Of concern are recoveries from injury that have forced pass-rushing linebackers Clay Matthews and Nick Perry to be sidelined for all of the practices. Matthews is recovering from two surgeries on the same thumb. Perry was hobbled by a foot injury last season, but the Packers don’t provide injury information during the spring.

“I don’t think it helps any player to miss a whole offseason. It’s not a good situation to be in. It’s definitely something they’ll have to work on to catch up. He’s injured,” McCarthy said of Perry.

Capers spoke of the hope that defensive lineman Josh Boyd would make the same kind of second-year improvement Mike Daniels made in 2013.

“Mike Daniels was our most productive guy on the defensive line. I think he’ll continue to improve. We’re hoping Josh Boyd can make the same type of improvement Mike Daniels made. We anticipate Josh is going to take a step,” Capers said.

What if the defense stayed as healthy during the season as it is now? It’s a question that brought a smile to Capers’ face.

“That would make our planning much easier. Those things go in cycles. Maybe this is one of those good cycles,” Capers said.

Additional coverage - June 17 minicamp
 
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