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  • Sat., Mar. 07, 2015 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM CST Project Play 60

    ‘Project Play 60’, the Green Bay Packers’ event that is focused on getting kids out of the house to enjoy non-strenuous physical activity, is set for Saturday, March 7.

    The free community event is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will take place in both the Lambeau Field Atrium and the Legends Club on the fourth floor. Parking will be free for guests participating in Project Play 60, and attendees may enter the Atrium through the Oneida Nation Gate, American Family Insurance Gate or Miller Lite Gate.

  • Sat., Mar. 07, 2015 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM CST Johnnie Gray appearance NO MORE Violence Fundraiser
  • Mon., Mar. 23, 2015 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM CDT Sam Barrington appearance Sister Bay Lions Club Youth Night
  • Tue., Apr. 14, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM CDT Tailgate Tour (Menomonie)

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the 10th anniversary ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 14-18. This year’s tour includes three stops in western Wisconsin, in addition to stops in southern and eastern Wisconsin, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Andrew Quarless, Micah Hyde and Casey Hayward, and Packers alumni Gilbert Brown, Antonio Freeman and Bill Schroeder. The tour will also feature special alumni in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Tailgate Tour, Dave Robinson and Jerry Kramer.

  • Wed., Apr. 15, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM CDT Tailgate Tour (Prairie du Chien)

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the 10th anniversary ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 14-18. This year’s tour includes three stops in western Wisconsin, in addition to stops in southern and eastern Wisconsin, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Andrew Quarless, Micah Hyde and Casey Hayward, and Packers alumni Gilbert Brown, Antonio Freeman and Bill Schroeder. The tour will also feature special alumni in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Tailgate Tour, Dave Robinson and Jerry Kramer.

  • Thu., Apr. 16, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM CDT Tailgate Tour (Baraboo)

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the 10th anniversary ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 14-18. This year’s tour includes three stops in western Wisconsin, in addition to stops in southern and eastern Wisconsin, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Andrew Quarless, Micah Hyde and Casey Hayward, and Packers alumni Gilbert Brown, Antonio Freeman and Bill Schroeder. The tour will also feature special alumni in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Tailgate Tour, Dave Robinson and Jerry Kramer.

McKinney, Perryman offer long and short at ILB

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on February 21, 2015 – 8:24 am

Benardrick-McKinney-300INDIANAPOLIS–As inside linebackers go, Benardrick McKinney (left) and Denzel Perryman (below) are the long and short of the position.

McKinney and Perryman are two of the top prospects at inside linebacker in this year’s draft. The Packers, of course, are thought to be in the market for an inside linebacker.

“Yeah, I have an advantage of my height and making the quarterback make difficult throws
over the top of me, so I definitely have an advantage,” McKinney told reporters at the scouting combine. McKinney is 6-5, 245.

“I’ve been pretty much getting knocked for my height since I got to high school, getting recruited,” Perryman said. “My play makes up for my height. I don’t play like I’m 5-11.”

Denzel-Perryman-300The Packers released veteran inside linebacker Brad Jones on Friday, a move that would seem to invite a draft pick at the position. Height aside, McKinney and Perryman have similar traits: They’re tough and productive.

“First of all, you have to be tough. You’ve got to be a vocal leader because you have to set the fronts, get everybody lined up. You’ve got to be smart, you’ve got to know the game, you’ve got to know your opponent, you’ve got to figure out formations, figure out what the offense is going to do to you. You’ve got to be smart and you’ve got to be really tough,” McKinney said.

He wants to be the first inside linebacker selected.

“It’s very, very important. I have high expectations for myself. It’s been a dream since I was young to be the best at what I do, to be the best linebacker in the country,” he said.

“Just look at the tape. Say my name and you’re going to get a physical, hard-nosed downhill dog,” Perryman said.


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Nebraska’s Abdullah could be steal in second round

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on February 20, 2015 – 11:50 am

ameer-Abdullah-300INDIANAPOLIS–Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah is one of the most complete backs in a draft class deep at the position, but Abdullah’s smallish 5-9, 195 could make him a steal for a team in the second round.

Abdullah entertained the media on Friday with an impressive interview, just as he impressed scouts with a standout performance at the Senior Bowl a few weeks ago. He’s expected to run in the 4.3 range at the combine, and he’s an accomplished receiver out of the backfield that excels in blitz pickup. You name it, he does it.

“I haven’t maximized my full potential, yet. There’s so much for me to learn. I haven’t competed on the professional level, yet, so I’m in a developmental stage,” said Abdullah, who’s also considered to be one of the top character players in this draft.

Abdullah models his game after former Bucs great Warrick Dunn, as similarly smallish running back who was paired with Mike Alstott in a two-back attack. Might Abdullah be headed for that same kind of role?


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Vic Beasley adds 10 pounds for scouting combine

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on February 20, 2015 – 10:48 am

beasley-blog-300INDIANAPOLIS–Clemson’s Vic Beasley is one of the premier pass rushers in this draft, and where he’s selected will be determined to a large degree by his workout on Sunday.

“Teams want to see me drop into coverage,” Beasley said.

Beasley measured at 6-3, 246 at the combine. He intentionally put on 10 pounds for the combine and that’ll be a positive if Beasley runs as he expects to run, 4.6 or 4.7.

He’s largely considered to be a prospect to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. At Clemson, Beasley was a defensive end.

“That’s what I look forward to playing at the next level. The majority of teams see me as an outside linebacker,” Beasley said.


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Harbaugh questions continue to hound Forty Niners

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on February 19, 2015 – 11:22 am

150219-Trent-Baalke-300INDIANAPOLIS–Forty Niners General Manager Trent Baalke faced a cross-examination of sorts when he spoke to the media at the scounting combine.

Jim Harbaugh said last week that it was not a mutual decision for him to leave the 49ers. How would you respond?

“I have no response to that. Jim’s moved on. We’ve moved on. He’s got a heck-of-a job. We’ve got a new head football coach. We’re trying to get ready for the draft, free agency and the offseason program.”

How concerned are you about losing a coach that took you to the NFC Championship three times and the Super Bowl once?

“Jim did a heck of a job. He’s a heck of a coach. I think, once again, he’s gone his direction, we’ve gone ours. I feel very good about the direction we’re headed and I’m sure he does as well.”

So, based on his suggestion, the front office hierarchy forced him out of the organization. Why would they do that?

“Once again, he’s moved on, we’ve moved on and I think the important thing for us now is just to look forward, and that’s what we’re trying to do. We’ve got three important things happening here coming up and I know that’s where my focus is.”


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Green-Beckham seeking forgiveness at combine

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on February 19, 2015 – 10:57 am

150219-sooners-blog-300INDIANAPOLIS–Wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham is one of the two big risk-reward players in this year’s NFL draft, the other one being quarterback Jameis Winston. Green-Beckham has been projected as high as a top-five pick, should he perform well at the scouting combine and convince teams he’s left his off-field troubles in the past.

“All the decisions I made, I wish I could take it back,” he told reporters during a media session at the combine that could only be described as an appeal for forgiveness.

At 6-6,. 225, he’s been compared to Calvin Johnson, but Green-Beckham was involved in several incidents at Missouri, including an alleged burglary. He transferred to Oklahoma but didn’t play in 2014; his talent, however, makes him a potential high pick in this year’s draft.

“I know what’s at stake. I know what kind of person I am. I feel like these mistakes have put me back. It’s tough for me to stand up and speak to you guys,” he said, nervously.

His past will no doubt unnerve teams, but he might be too much of a talent to pass up.


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Vikings GM thanks media for causing Bridgewater to fall

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on February 18, 2015 – 2:15 pm

150218-spielman-blogINDIANAPOLIS–Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman thanked the media for causing quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to fall to the Vikings late in the first round of last year’s draft.

“I’m thankful the media did him a disservice, in my opinion, by judging him on his pro day. But we spent six different occasions with Teddy last year. One thing we try to do, our process, is that we had our draft meetings before we came down and we put all the players on a board and graded him purely off what we saw off tape or what we saw live as football players. All this other stuff that will accumulate here and over the next couple months will start to add into it, but it’s not going to be a situation where a guy having a sixth-round (grade) goes all the way up to the first round because he comes out here and runs fast in his shorts,” Spielman said.

Bridgewater’s pro-day workout a year ago was widely pulicized to be disappointing effort, and it caused a player that had been considered a possible first overall pick to fall to the bottom of the first round.

“You’ve just got to be careful. It’s part of the process. All the information to gather that you use to make your decisions, but it has to come back to what he is, not only his character but what he is as football player,” Spielman said.


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Gary Kubiak wants Peyton Manning to return

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on February 18, 2015 – 12:33 pm

150218-kubiak-blogINDIANAPOLIS–New Broncos Coach Gary Kubiak wants Peyton Manning to be the team’s quarterback in 2015.

“No doubt, I want him to be. I think all indications are that (through) everything that he said and through his conversations with John (Elway) he feels good. He’s had his self-assessment or however you want to label that, and he feels good about moving forward. So, we’ll just continue with the process,” Kubiak said at scouting combine on Wednesday.

Kubiak was also asked about another quarterback, Joe Flacco, who Kubiak coached as the Ravens’ offensive coordinator last season.

“Is Joe Flacco elite? You bet he is. That’s why I’m standing up here today. Joe is tremendous. I really enjoyed working with him. (He’s) as talented a young man as I’ve ever coached and he’s as good a person as I’ve ever coached and I think we’ll be talking about Joe for a long, long time. So I really appreciated my time with him and I wish him the best.”


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John Fox noncommital on Jay Cutler’s future

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on February 18, 2015 – 11:57 am

150218-fox-blogINDIANAPOLIS–New Chicago Bears Coach John Fox met with media at the scouting combine on Wednesday, and Fox was noncommital on the future of Jay Cutler as the team’s quarterback.

“Like I said, we’re not up against a deadline. My experience has always been that you need to gather the information and in turn you usually make better decisions. We’re in that process and we’ll keep you posted,” Fox said when asked if he would move forward with Cutler.

One of the other top issues with Fox as the Bears’ new coach is what defensive alignment he’ll use, 3-4 or 4-3.

“It’s a little hard to say right now. We’re going to be a 3-4 terminology wise. We’ve looked at a whole lot of tape. That’ll help us define what we’re going to be and how we’re going to use the pieces. I’m confident we’ll piece together a good defense. It’s still too early in the process,” Fox said.


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Packers’ 2015 free agent list

Posted by Mike Spofford on February 12, 2015 – 5:07 pm

WR Randall CobbFree agency doesn’t officially begin until March 10, but here are the Green Bay Packers players who, if not re-signed by March 10, will become free agents (in alphabetical order by category):

Unrestricted
T Bryan Bulaga
CB Jarrett Bush
WR Randall Cobb
QB Matt Flynn
DT Letroy Guion
CB Davon House
FB John Kuhn
LB Jamari Lattimore
DT B.J. Raji
QB Scott Tolzien
CB Tramon Williams

Restricted
T/G Don Barclay
WR Jarrett Boykin
S Sean Richardson

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RB DuJuan Harris

 


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News now! McCarthy begins staff evaluation process

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on January 28, 2015 – 1:19 pm

150128-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY–Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said he’ll evaluate his coaching staff.

“I haven’t had that opportunity. We’ll look at everything. We’ll look to make changes. The changes we made (last year) were in the best interests of the team,” McCarthy said at his season-ending press conference on Wednesday, when he was asked about the potential for change on his coaching staff, especially as it might relate to special teams.

McCarthy returned to Green Bay this week after spending last week in Pittsburgh, where his brother, Joe, died unexpectedly. He began Wednesday’s press conference by volunteering this capsule analysis:

“Excellent season for us; something we’re very proud of. Our fans, I understand your disappointment; I’m right there with you, but our home field advantage is second to none. My thoughts on the NFC championship game, a very disappointing loss. I felt we let it get away.  Special teams, definitely a tough performance by us. Defensively, we felt very confident we would be able to handle Seattle, hold them to 17 points. Running the football was a priority. Tough loss. The evaluation process starts now. We’ll start the process of change, adjustment and emphasize.”

McCarthy made a point of emphasizing a fresh start for his team in 2015.

“The 2015 football team won’t bear the burden of what happened in 2014,” McCarthy said.

 Click here for the full story from McCarthy’s season-ending press conference.


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