Thursday, July 24, 2014

Five Key Things To Watch In Camp: Number 2 - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Every year, the rookie first round selection is a player to watch in training camp, and this year is no exception. Not only was FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix generally viewed as the best free safety available in the 2014 draft, but he replaces their worst starter from 2013 (M.D. Jennings).
When camp opens, it'll probably be Micah Hyde working with the first team defense, though the reality is that both players will line up a lot next season. The Packers spend a lot of time with five or six defensive backs on the field, and the opportunity will be there for both players. If there was a knock on Clinton-Dix out of college, it was that he isn't a physical tackler, which makes his ball skills and speed better suited in a deep zone. On the other hand, Hyde is great against the run, which would make him a better choice in the slot and playing closer to the line of scrimmage. They need both players at safety for depth, no other safety except those two and Morgan Burnett should feel secure about their roster spots, but they both have different strengths that might be best suited for a particular role.

Because of the high expectations that come from being a first round draft choice, and their need for improvement at the position, everyone will be watching Clinton-Dix.

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