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A speedy addition to the practice squad

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Cornerback James Nixon wasn't invited to the combine but in his pro day in advance of this year's draft, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.31 seconds. That helped him attract a free-agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals, who then cut him at the end of training camp. After a workout with the Packers on Monday, he was signed to their practice today. Why? Probably because he said he repeated his 40 time of 4.31 seconds during that workout in the Don Hutson Center. "They were surprised because they said it's a slow turf," Nixon said. "So I guess that was good. They were a little surprised by that, but opportunity came knocking, so I had to show up." The 6-foot, 180-pound Nixon finished his college career at California (Pa.) University last season after spending three years at Temple, where in addition to playing cornerback he also played on offense as a hybrid receiver-running back and returned kickoffs. He averaged 25.8 yards on 41 kickoff returns, had 42 carries for 322 yards (a 7.7-yard average) and 13 receptions for 373 yards (a 28.7-yard average) for Temple. He said he left the school after there was a coaching change.

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