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  • Thu., Apr. 17, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Superior party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Superior: Superior High School. To benefit the National Bank Commerce Spartan Sports Complex. Tickets on sale at Screen Graphics, 1327 Banks Ave., Superior.

  • Fri., Apr. 18, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Rice Lake party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Rice Lake: Barron County Fairgrounds. To benefit Benjamin’s House. Tickets on sale at Marketplace Foods, 330 S. Main St., Rice Lake; and Rainbow Home Center, 1124 Hammond Ave., Rice Lake.

  • Sat., Apr. 19, 2014 12:30PM - 3:00PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Merrill party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Merrill: MARC. To benefit Riverbend Trail. Tickets on sale at Merrill Chamber of Commerce, 705 N. Center Ave., Merrill; Dave’s County Market, 300 E. 1st St., Merrill; and Drew’s Piggly Wiggly, 3404 E. Main St., Merrill. Tickets also available online at www.merrillchamber.org.

  • Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 8:00AM - 6:00PM CDT Packers Pro Shop Tent Sale

    The sale is taking place earlier than in previous years, due to the construction at Lambeau Field and the work that the Pro Shop team must complete in preparation for the new store, which will open this summer. Visitors to Lambeau Field should enter the Atrium through the Oneida Nation Gate. Parking is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate, which can be accessed off Oneida Street and Lombardi Avenue.

    The sale will feature the traditional mix of Pro Shop items greatly reduced in price and other special purchases.

    The team’s football operations staff also has provided Packers team apparel no longer in use, including a large assortment of t-shirts, shorts, jackets, jerseys and pants. Some items are practice-worn gear not normally available in the Pro Shop.

    The tent sale began in 1994 in the parking lot outside the former Pro Shop on the north end of Lambeau Field and grew into a popular event. Now in its 11th year in the Atrium, the tent sale also was held in the west side stadium concourse in previous years.

     
  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 7:00PM CDT Eddie Lacy appearance 22nd Annual Doug Jirschele Memorial Sports Award Banquet
  • Sat., Jun. 07, 2014 8:30AM - 3:30PM CDT JPP Kids Clinic

    The 17th annual Junior Power Pack Kids Clinic is set for Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the Don Hutson Center with sessions ranging from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic gives members ages 5-14 years old the opportunity to practice football skills and drills with other Packers backers and a few up-and-coming Packers players.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to come and watch their child/ren participate in the clinic. 

    Members may choose one of three sessions to attend:

    • Session 1 – 8:30 to 10 a.m.
    • Session 2 – 11 to 12:30 p.m.
    • Session 3 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.


    The event will be held inside the Don Hutson Center, the Packers indoor practice facility. Parking for the event is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate.  

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic is a member’s only event and will have a registration fee of $5.

    Deadline to register:

    • New Members – May 11, 2014
    • Current Members – May 18, 2014


    To sign up to become a member of the Junior Power Pack and receive an invitation to the clinic fans can go to www.packers.com/jpp.

     

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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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