Green Bay Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is excited to play in the Packers’ new defensive system employed by new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.
Clinton-Dix expects to have more freedom and it’s that freedom that is making him rave about what the season could hold.
“I’ll definitely be a lot more free in this defense for sure,” Clinton-Dix said (h/t ESPN). “We’ve got to see what it looks like come game day. We can talk about it now but game day we’ll be talking about some totally different s—. We’ve just got to all wait and see how it plays out. But I’m excited about the new defense, I’m loving it right now. I’m loving it.”
Last season, under then-defensive coordinator Dom Capers, Clinton-Dix was kept far off the line of scrimmage to protect against big plays as that was an area of weakness for the Packers.
The role didn’t bode well for Clinton-Dix. who saw his production drop off after a Pro Bowl campaign in 2016.
Clinton-Dix is also in the final year of his original contract, a fifth-year option that the Packers exercised and one that will pay Clinton-Dix $5.957M this season.
Clinton-Dix vows not to place as much pressure on himself this season.
“My film is already on tape. I could not play a down and get a new contract and be fine,” Clinton-Dix said. “Stats speak for themselves, everything speaks for themselves. I’ve just got to go out there and continue getting better, continue maximizing my opportunity and winning my one-on-ones.
“I’m going to leave it at that, man. I know my value to this defense, and it’s up to you all to see. I guess we’ll see when we play Chicago and on from there. I’m excited about this opportunity I have in front of me right now going into my fifth year. Like I said, the sky’s the limit for me. Just watch, just watch.”
Packers Release Mike Daniels
Daniels, a former Pro Bowler, was due to make $8.1 million this season in base salary and bonuses, so the move is likely financially motivates as the Packers will save $8.3 million, with $2.4 million in dead money, by cutting Daniels.
Daniels collected 18 tackles and 2 sacks last season for Green Bay.
Packers Waive Michael Roberts
The saga of tight end Michael Roberts continues to take disappointing turns, as he has been waived by the Green Bay Packers only a few days after they claimed him on waivers, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.
Green Bay picked up Roberts after he was reverted back to the Lions’ roster and ultimately waived.
Roberts, 25, has 13 career receptions for 146 yards.
Packers’ Jaire Alexander Looking for Big 2019
Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander has some big goals for the 2019 season, where he believes he is set to breakout.
“I just want to have a good year, for real. I see myself in the Pro Bowl. I see myself as an All-Pro,” Alexander said, according to the Packers’ official website.
Alexander also proclaimed that the defense would see a much different season then the saw in 2018.
“We didn’t get the ball out enough last year, but this year that’s going to change,” Alexander said. “Our front seven, we have great edge rushers. I’m not even going to say good. Those dudes are coming, so the ball is going to be out a lot faster.”
“I’ve got all the confidence in the world. Last year was a great starting point for me, but this year is going to be my dog year. I’m putting my stamp on that,” Alexander said.
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