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The Packers (3-3-1), who play at New England at 7:20 p.m. Sunday, fielded a mountain of media inquiries Wednesday about Tuesday's trades of safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to Washington and running back Ty Montgomery to Baltimore.
But we'll start with ESPN's John Keim reporting from Clinton-Dix's introductory news conference in D.C., where he seemed to make a favorable impression.
Clinton-Dix said he wasn’t surprised to be traded and knew his time in Green Bay was coming to an end. He pointed to departures by former teammates Micah Hyde and Casey Hayward as his guide.
“I let my eyes do the talking for me,” Clinton-Dix said. “I watch guys like Micah and Casey leave Green Bay, who were phenomenal players who treated the game and approached the game as pros. To see their time come to an end in Green Bay, I can only imagine what my time would be like.”
It’s uncertain how much Clinton-Dix, who has three interceptions this season, will play Sunday vs. Atlanta or in what role. If Nicholson can play, he’d likely be paired with D.J. Swearinger at safety and Clinton-Dix as a third safety. The Redskins like that Clinton-Dix can play in the box or deep. They rotate their safeties based on formation or motion, though Swearinger has been most impactful in the box.
“Check this out, all right,” Clinton-Dix said. “I came here to play. I came here to work. Even if that’s on special teams or just helping contribute to this team any way I can, the No. 20 is going to be suited up this weekend. You can bet on that.”
You can read Keim's entire account here:
Our Tom Silverstein's looks at the increased opportunities available in the Packers secondary and how despite that, teammates such as Kentrell Brice were sorry to see Clinton-Dix go.
Tom joins Pete Dougherty and Olivia Reiner to analyze the possible ramifications of the two players' departure:
Packers running back Jamaal Williams envisions more opportunities with Montgomery gone:
Ryan Wood writes about the significance of GM Brian Gutekunst's deadline deals:
Aaron Rodgers weighs in with his thoughts on the two trades:
From Washington, Clinton-Dix tweeted out thanks to Packers fan:
Packers safety Kentrell Brice is sorry to see Clinton-Dix go:
"Screamin' A." Smith believes Rodgers should demand to be traded because they got rid of Clinton-Dix:
Pete Dougherty answered all kinds of questions from Packers fans during his live chat. Read the transcript here:
Photographer Jim Matthews showcases a compilation of Clinton-Dix shots over the years:
Rodgers reveals what he learned in his early years in the NFL from watching Tom Brady:
Bob Skoronski, a starting offensive lineman on all of Vince Lombardi's championship teams, died at 84.
And former Packers general manager Tom Braatz, who drafted safety LeRoy Butler among other notables, died at 85:
This video making the rounds on Twitter shows Montgomery having to be forcibly prevented by a teammate from returning a kick out of the end zone when he was a freshman at Stanford:
Andy Benoit of The MMQB compares the different styles of Rodgers and Brady:
What might Rodgers have accomplished with Bill Belichick as his coach?
Bleacher Report didn't think much of the Packers' moves:
And Albert Breer offers his thoughts on the deals for SI.com:
More love for Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander:
And finally, don't miss Adam Wesley's scary-good photos from the Packers' practice on Halloween: