Hyde, Clinton-Dix to get long look Saturday night

Pete Dougherty
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Though the Green Bay Packers' starters in general probably will play only a series or two against Tennessee on Saturday night, look for safeties Micah Hyde and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to get extended looks.

Green Bay Packers defensive back Micah Hyde during training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field.

The two probably are fighting for one starting job, though both will start Saturday because Morgan Burnett is not making the trip (oblique injury).

"They're going to probably play a little more than your traditional ones or twos would in the preseason, just so we get a good clean evaluation of these guys," safeties coach Darren Perry said.

Though Hyde and Clinton-Dix clearly are ahead in the battle for a starting job, third-year pro Sean Richardson also could get in the running if he plays in the preseason games like he has so far in camp. Richardson has two interceptions in team drills and has knocked down a couple of other passes. He has good size (6-2, 216) and straight-line speed for the position, though whether he has enough change of direction to beat out Hyde and Clinton-Dix for a starting job is in question.

In a sign of how well Richardson has performed so far in camp, coach Mike McCarthy at his Thursday press conference was asked about the other safeties and brought up Richardson as having had "a hell of a training camp."

"I mean, I've been impressed with (Richardson) both defensively and special teams," McCarthy said. "I mean, he needed to pick it up on special teams, and you know, Sean's done a lot of good things."

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