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    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.

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    • 9-10:30 am: Registration at Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Geen Bay
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    Packers minicamp will be open to the public on Tuesday, June 17th, weather permitting. The camp concludes the offseason program.

    The three-day mandatory minicamp will be at Ray Nitschke Field, with practices on Tuesday and Thursday, both at 11:30 a.m., open to the public. Wednesday’s practice will be closed to the public.

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    Packers minicamp will be open to the public on Thursday, June 19th, weather permitting. The camp concludes the offseason program.

    The three-day mandatory minicamp will be at Ray Nitschke Field, with practices on Tuesday and Thursday, both at 11:30 a.m., open to the public. Wednesday’s practice will be closed to the public.

  • Sat., Jul. 19, 2014 7:00PM CDT Packers Hall of Fame Induction Banquet

    The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. announced that it will induct former Packers players Ahman Green and Ken Ruettgers at the 44th Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, to be held Saturday, July 19, 2014, in the Lambeau Field Atrium. Eddie Lacy will be honored with the Hall’s ‘Rookie of the Year’ award, presented by Ariens.

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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 6:00PM 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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Vic Ketchman

Vic Ketchman is a veteran of 40 NFL seasons and has covered the Steelers and Jaguars prior to coming to Green Bay.

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Linebackers cap sixth-round picks

Posted Apr 30, 2011

The Packers closed out the sixth round of the draft on Saturday with a couple of linebacker prospects for Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers’ 3-4 defense.

D.J. Smith, an undersized prospect out of Appalachian State, draws comparisons to another undersized App State product, Dexter Coakley, who starred for the Dallas Cowboys at linebacker in the 1990s. Arizona’s Ricky Elmore, 6-4, 256, is a tweener defensive end who’ll be making the move to outside linebacker with the Packers.

“I’m ecstatic that Green Bay saw my talent and decided to pick me up,” said Smith who, when asked how tall he is, joked: “On a good day I’m 5-11,” and then broke into a deep laugh. The Packers officially list Smith as being 5-11, 239.

He’s a likely candidate to play the weak side inside linebacker position, whereas Elmore will be given a chance to develop into the outside rush-backer role Capers’ scheme features.

Elmore played with Brooks Reed at Arizona. Reed was drafted in the second round by Houston but he had been linked to the Packers in mock drafts.

“They wanted to see if we could rush standing up,” Elmore said of a workout the Packers conducted jointly for Reed and Elmore. “Obviously, they liked what they saw.

“Brooks is a great athlete. It was always a friendly rivalry. We pushed each other in practice and in games. It’s what helps you get to the next level,” Elmore said.

Packers Outside Linebackers Coach Kevin Greene said he sees in Elmore “motor, effort, heart, passion, desire. He has a big heart and you really can accomplish a lot when you have a player with a big heart.

“If a guy is dripping with athletic talent but he has an empty hole where his heart should be, he’s not going to have passion to make the plays. I look at his physicality, his ability to move and run and hunt. Is he playing hard at the point of attack or is he giving ground? I think if he listens to me he’ll be absolutely fine,” Greene said.

Elmore runs in the 4.8-4.9 range, whereas Smith was timed at the combine at 4.75. “On a good day, I’m running 4.65,” Smith said.

“With my range and my ability, I feel I can be all over the field,” said Smith, who listed his strengths as “my ability to run all over the field, my hustle and my attitude toward the game.”

 

 
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