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08/18/14 - S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is making a big push to garner a starting spot going into the start of the season in two weeks. After recording a sack in Saturday's win at St. Louis, Clinton-Dix had his first two interceptions of training camp in an abbreviated practice Monday. The team's first-round draft pick this year continues to fall behind veteran incumbent Morgan Burnett and converted second-year cornerback Micah Hyde on the depth chart at the two safety positions.
07/27/14 - S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix continues to play second fiddle in the secondary. As during the offseason workouts, Dix, the team's first-round draft pick this year, worked with the No. 2 defense at safety on the opening day of training camp Saturday. Converted second-year cornerback Micah Hyde continued to work alongside incumbent starter Morgan Burnett as the safeties with the No. 1 unit.
05/12/14 - Packers get their pick in Clinton-Dix...Clinton-Dix stood out with seven interceptions his last two seasons with Alabama. He had a Southeastern Conference-leading five interceptions and a forced fumble in the Crimson Tide's national title-winning 2012 season. With an eye on pairing Clinton-Dix in the starting lineup with Morgan Burnett, who struggled without a quality running mate at safety last season, Thompson is hoping taking a player from powerhouse Alabama early in the draft for the second straight year pays big dividends again. Lacy, a second-round pick last year, settled Green Bay's shaky situation at running back by rushing for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns to earn NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.
"We think (Clinton-Dix has) very good upside," Thompson said. "We had good success with a Crimson Tide kid we took last year, and we feel like this is a really good football player and we felt fortunate that he was there available." After looking to upgrade the pass rush by signing veteran defensive end Julius Peppers after he was cut by the rival Chicago Bears in March, Thompson undoubtedly was moved to fill the big void left at safety after Charles Woodson was cut early last offseason. No Packer last season wore the No. 21 Woodson donned for seven years in Green Bay, but it quickly was assigned by the team to Clinton-Dix on Thursday night. "It's a good number to have, so I'm going to wear it with pride," Clinton-Dix said. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - Packers get their pick in Clinton-Dix...Clinton-Dix is the first safety selected by the Packers in the first round since converted cornerback Antuan Edwards went at No. 25 in 1999. The highest Green Bay draft pick of a safety since then was Nick Collins in the second round at No. 51 overall in 2005. How the Packers would love for Clinton-Dix to jump right in next season and be the dependable and eventually playmaking safety Collins was as a starter his rookie season in what turned out to be a productive career cut short by a neck injury two games into the 2011 season. "I think he's a real all-purpose kind of safety," Thompson said of Clinton-Dix. "He's got the versatility that you look for at the safety position," Perry added. "He can play in the deep zone, he can play in the line of scrimmage, he's tough, he's plenty smart, his football IQ is where you like it to be with a guy that you take at his position."
And, Perry has no qualms about the physical makeup of the 6-foot-1, 208-pound Clinton-Dix, who is 21 and turned pro after his junior year at Alabama. "He's got a really good frame on him right now," Perry said. "He's plenty fast, plenty physical, has the range, has the flexibility that you look for. But, so much of it is going to depend on how well and how fast he comes in and picks up things, how well he does some of the little things in terms of tackling, communicating and so forth because we put a premium on those things and he's going to have to be really good at that." Even Thompson brushed off a perceived lack of burst by Clinton-Dix, who ran the 40-yard dash in just 4.59 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. "It's not our time," Thompson scoffed. "He plays the game well." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - Packers get their pick in Clinton-Dix...Perry wouldn't say Clinton-Dix was the top-rated safety on the Packers' draft board - he was the second of four safeties taken in the opening round, after Louisville's Calvin Pryor went to the New York Jets at No. 18. But ..."We liked him," Perry asserted. "There's a lot of talented people in the draft, you never know how this thing is going to play out. It's not about one particular position, it's about making yourself better as a football team, and we felt like we got that with Ha Ha."
The famously reticent Thompson echoed the sentiment with a rare revelation about how things fell the Packers' way 2 1/2 hours into the draft. "When it came time for our pick, we felt like he was the best player on the board and most solid and most skilled," Thompson said. "At the same time, we were looking to maybe add a safety if we could." In fact, Thompson may have been so set on acquiring Clinton-Dix that he turned down presumed trade offers to move out of the 21st spot, including with perhaps the Cleveland Browns, who jumped up to No. 22 to grab Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. "We talked to a number of teams," a smiling Thompson said. - The Sports Xchange