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    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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Packers’ receiving corps should stay largely intact

Posted Feb 11, 2014

Tight end possibly a different story, though

WR Jordy Nelson

Packers.com is taking a look at the Packers’ roster, position by position. The third installment focuses on the wide receivers and tight ends.

GREEN BAY—One year after losing two of the more productive wide receivers in franchise history, the Packers may see little to no change at that position in 2014.

Tight end could be another story, however.

This past season was the Packers’ first since 2005 without both Donald Driver and Greg Jennings on the roster, but the output of the receiving corps by no means suffered.

Jordy Nelson set career highs in receptions (85) and yards (1,314) and posted his second-best TD total (eight). James Jones’ numbers were the best (817 yards) and second-best (59 receptions) in his seven-year career. Randall Cobb even managed 433 yards and four TDs despite missing 10 games to injury, and Jarrett Boykin (49 catches, 681 yards, three TDs) emerged as a bona fide pro in Cobb’s absence, with plenty of upside.

Jones is the lone free agent of the bunch, and while his foray into the market will be different this time than it was during the 2011 lockout, his future is just as uncertain for multiple reasons.

Jones turns 30 this offseason, not a magic number, but the younger Nelson and Cobb are heading into the final years of their contracts and could be in line for extensions before they reach free agency in 2015. Also, the Packers already have a number of developmental prospects in the pipeline who will be looking for the same chance Boykin got in 2013.

Rookie Myles White made a cameo on the regular-season roster with nine catches, while seventh-round pick Kevin Dorsey and undrafted Sederrik Cunningham suffered season-ending injuries in training camp. Late-season pickup Chris Harper has impressive size (6-1, 228) and Alex Gillett was in camp last year before being brought back to the practice squad at midseason.

After the season, Jones himself said he’d love to continue playing with his “guys,” but he doesn’t believe veteran leadership will enter the Packers’ decision-making, not with players as young as Cobb already looked to as leaders in the locker room. Stay tuned there.

But while Jones may or may not be the only major change at wide receiver, the tight end position could look considerably different in 2014.

Jermichael Finley’s status with a surgically repaired neck and pending free agency remains uncertain, while Andrew Quarless is headed for free agency as well.

Quarless emerged as a fairly reliable target down the stretch for the Packers, but still, he topped 50 yards receiving only twice in 10 games after Finley went down. Finley did it four times in six games before getting hurt.

If Finley doesn’t come back, his stretch-the-field, mismatch potential goes with him, and it’s not clear if Quarless is the answer, especially with a more significant investment required to keep him now. His blocking also improved but remained inconsistent at times.

From the rest of the tight ends – Ryan Taylor, Brandon Bostick and Jake Stoneburner – Bostick as a converted college receiver has the most down-the-field potential but has limited experience (seven catches, 120 yards, one TD) and will be coming off a season-ending foot injury.

Stoneburner, undrafted from Ohio State, is another developmental prospect in that mold, but he saw minimal game snaps on offense as a rookie. Taylor remains a special-teams stalwart as he enters his fourth season.

Depending on what happens with Finley, the situation points to taking another shot at an athletic, pass-catching tight end in the draft, if one is available in the right spot. Finley, Quarless and the since-departed D.J. Williams were all drafted in a span of four years (2008-11), but the Packers have now gone two straight drafts without selecting a tight end.

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