Packers Family Night: Schedule of events, things to watch for

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Saturday evening marks the 18th annual Packers Family Night at Lambeau Field, with plenty of activities and storylines to keep fans involved.

Schedule of events

Parking lot opens at 1:30 p.m.

  • Johnsonville Tailgate Village
  • American Family Insurance DreamZone
  • Airbrush tattoos
  • Oneida Nation and Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Sponsor tents and prizes

Lambeau Field gates open at 5:30 p.m.

  • On-field warmups begin at 6:30 p.m.
  • All-Veteran Parachute Team lands on field at 7:15 p.m.
  • Practice begins at 7:30 p.m.
  • Practice concludes at approximately 9:20 p.m.

Where to watch

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What to watch for

At running back, Ty Montgomery enters his first full season at the position after switching over from wide receiver. But rookie Jamaal Williams was taking some first-team reps during Thursday’s practice, so he could see some similar work Saturday night.

Linebackers Clay Matthews and Nick Perry will be key to providing a pass rush in the upcoming season. Can they put pressure on the quarterbacks?

Which cornerback stands out under the lights? It may only be a glorified practice, but rookie Kevin King has been standing out over the last few days after returning from a shoulder injury. Fellow rookie Josh Jones has caught the eye of many coaches as well.

In the return game, Trevor Davis has made it clear that’s where he wants to create his niche. But he’ll have to compete with Jeff Janis and now Randall Cobb, who’s recently expressed his desire to return punts this season.

Packers Family Night provides glimpse at 2016 team

GREEN BAY, Wis. — In front of a sold out crowd of nearly 67,000 at Lambeau Field Sunday night, the Green Bay Packers held their annual Family Night practice, displaying some strengths and weaknesses of the 2016 squad.

One of the positive takeaways from Sunday night’s festivities was the play of outside linebacker Datone Jones, who converted from a true defensive lineman role and dropped about 20 pounds in the process, down to 275. Jones appeared quicker off the ball and better in coverage, both aspects of his game he hoped to improve by playing the hybrid “elephant” linebacker role.

With receivers Jordy Nelson and Ty Montgomery sidelined by injuries, Davante Adams got to flash his skills with Aaron Rodgers throwing the ball, hauling in passes of 26 and 35 yards. But during the two-minute drill, Adams’ night unraveled, dropping a pass for a would-be first down and also misjudging the ball for a sure touchdown grab.

“The first one I definitely should’ve come up with,” Adams said. “I think I just misjudged it in the lights. It kept soaring up. The other one was a stretch. I laid out for it but couldn’t come up with up.”

For the second year in a row, punter Tim Masthay will be in a competition for the starting job, jockeying for depth chart position with rookie Peter Mortell. After a sub-par 2014 season, Masthay came back in 2015 to set a franchise record 40.2 yards per punt. However, inconsistencies meant exploring other options and Mortell showed his leg late in the practice with an unofficial 54 yard punt.