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  • 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.

     
  • Sat., Jun. 14, 2014 2:30PM CDT Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer

    The eleventh annual Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer motorcycle ride will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The ride will start at Vandervest Harley-Davidson (1966 Velp Avenue, Green Bay) and will make a fun-filled stop at the Seymour Fireman's Picnic, held at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds in Seymour.

    Ride Day Schedule

    • 9-10:30 am: Registration at Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Geen Bay
    • 11 am: Depart Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Green Bay
    • 12 pm: Arrive in Seymour. Enjoy food, beverages, entertainment and a short program.
    • 2:30 pm: Party kicks off at the new South Endzone Festival Foods MVP Deck at Lambeau Field! Guests can access the space by way of the Shopko Gate. See the field and enjoy the atmosphere from this beautiful indoor/outdoor space newly opened and accessed by very few. The party will include silent and live auction, food, beverages, music and merchandise available for purchase.


    More information: http://cruiseforcancer.org/

     

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Teammates believe big numbers coming for Randall Cobb

Posted Jun 5, 2013

Packers haven’t had 100-catch receiver in 18 years

WR Randall Cobb

GREEN BAY—The comment has generated a fair amount of attention over the past couple of weeks, since quarterback Aaron Rodgers said receiver Randall Cobb could be a “100-catch guy” in the Packers’ offense.

Fellow receiver James Jones would like to set the record straight.

“I said it first,” Jones said with a smile and a laugh after Wednesday’s minicamp practice, the last of the week due to a team-building activity scheduled for Thursday. “He stole it a little bit, but you know, his name is bigger than mine, so it gets blown up.”

Jones was referring to an appearance he made on NFL Network before the offseason program started, when he said he was asked who on Green Bay’s offense might get 100 receptions, and Jones’ answer was Cobb.

It’s a milestone that hasn’t been reached in Green Bay since 1995, when Robert Brooks caught 102 passes, but it’s certainly not unfathomable with Cobb. He caught 80 passes last season despite a lack of production early (back-to-back one-catch games in Weeks 2 and 3) and late (he sat out Week 17 with an ankle injury).

Whether he actually said it first or not, count Jones on board with the sentiment.

“Aaron does a great job of spreading the ball around, but in our offense, when we’re getting a lot of cover two, it gives Randall a chance in the slot to make a lot of plays,” he said. “I’m with him. If Randall catches 100, I’m with him, as long as JJ’s got some production in there, scores some touchdowns or something to help us out, it’s fine.”

For his part, Cobb isn’t concerned with any individual numbers that might or might not come his way, though when he discusses personal improvement it’s not hard to imagine his 2013 receiving stats topping those from 2012 (80 catches, 954 yards, eight TDs).

“You can always improve,” said Cobb, who was sprinkled in as a running back last year as well, rushing for 132 yards. “I’ve always said you can never really reach your full potential. I’ll always try to continue to climb that mountain. In the offseason especially, I’ve worked a lot on my route-running and trying to perfect my craft.”

That’s been the focus of all the team’s top receivers in Cobb, Jones and Jordy Nelson, who plan on sharing the leadership role with the position group previously carried out by the departed Greg Jennings and retired Donald Driver.

Nelson said being a leader won’t change the way he plays or practices, but he said he will communicate with the younger receivers more. Training camp promises a spirited competition for the No. 4 and No. 5 receiver spots among holdovers Jarrett Boykin and Jeremy Ross and seventh-round draft picks Charles Johnson and Kevin Dorsey, along with a handful of others.

Johnson has practiced only a little and Dorsey not at all during the current OTAs and minicamp, which has given undrafted rookies Myles White, Tyrone Walker and converted quarterback Alex Gillett a chance to get more snaps.

“They know the playbook, they know it on paper, but it’s different when you get on the field,” Nelson said, speaking of how he has picked up on specific ways Rodgers likes routes to be run. “There are little things you learn, and you want to inform the younger guys. Right now, we’re three, four strong, but we’re going to need some help from the younger guys throughout the season.”

How much help likely will depend on the health of the group, more than anything. Last year, Jennings missed half the regular season, Nelson missed four games and Cobb missed one, all due to various injuries.

Tight end Jermichael Finley (61 catches, 667 yards) remains a big part of the offense as well, but if the “big three” receivers play a collective 48 regular-season games and Rodgers goes well over 4,000 passing yards again, well, … Jones has another thought.

“I’ve been on record saying I believe we have three 1,000-yard receivers in this room. I believe me, Randall and Jordy, if we all stay healthy, we can all reach over 1,000,” he said.

“It’s exciting, and we’re all excited because we know with the departure of Greg and Donald it means more opportunities for us. Do you want to lose guys like that? No, but it gives us a chance to step up and make some plays.”

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