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The Packers (3-3-1), who play at New England at 7:20 p.m. Sunday, looked at in-house candidates Thursday to fill the void created by Tuesday's trade of safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to Washington.
We'll start with Pete Dougherty's column unraveling the mystery of Clinton-Dix's decline.
It’s true that Clinton-Dix has his moments of excellence, like his impressive interception of Buffalo rookie quarterback Josh Allen in Week 4 this year. On that play, Clinton-Dix held his deep zone until Allen threw outside, then made a strong break on the ball and knocked receiver Kelvin Benjamin out of the game while making a tough, physical interception.
But then there are the big plays where he freelanced and gave up points.
In Week 2 against Minnesota he sat back hoping for an overthrow interception rather than stepping up to pick up Laquon Treadwell on a 14-yard slant for a touchdown.
In Week 3 against Washington he gave up a nine-yard touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder even after cornerback Tramon Williams pointed to alert him to a possible slant coming his way.
In Week 5 at Detroit, he gave up an eight-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Jones when he blatantly abandoned his zone in quarters coverage looking to make a big play.
And who can forget how he mailed it in during the last game of 2017, with the Packers out of the playoff race? That’s not the way to play if you’re looking to get paid.
“He’s just so incredibly inconsistent,” said a high-ranking scout for another NFL team.
You can read Pete's entire column here:
Packers cornerback Tramon Williams is ready to help replace Clinton-Dix:
Williams always has been valued as a team player:
Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady have created legacies that extend far beyond the playing field, writes Jim Owczarski:
Packers linebacker Clay Matthews on facing the Patriots:
Some potentially encouraging news on Aaron Rodgers:
Center Corey Linsley didn't practice Thursday but said no worries:
Packers rookie cornerback Jaire Alexander reacts to some high praise:
Great photography from Jim Matthews at the Packers' practice Thursday:
Will the Packers play across the pond anytime soon?
Brett Favre and the 1995 Super Bowl Packers will have a reunion Dec. 1 in Milwaukee:
Ty Montgomery says he's ready for a fresh start with the Ravens:
Clinton-Dix has built-in ties to his new team in Washington:
There's no denying that Clinton-Dix is photogenic:
Tom Oates analyzes the Packers' moves for the Wisconsin State Journal:
ESPN's Rob Demovsky writes about the Aaron Rodgers-Tom Brady dynamic:
The national media outlets are reveling in Rodgers vs. Brady:
At "Good Morning Football" they're looking for a big game out of Davante Adams:
And also from the Patriots' Josh Gordon:
Former Packers wide receiver James Jones talks about what he expects from Rodgers against the Patriots:
Not much love for the Packers from Pro Football Focus analysts this week: