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Speaking of rookies, Clinton-Dix has had an extremely quiet training camp so far. Many expected him to be given one of the starting safety jobs right away, but that didn't happen, with the nod going to Micah Hyde.
However, the Packers seemed pleased overall with how Clinton-Dix has performed, according to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Safeties coach Darren Perry had this to say about Clinton-Dix's transition:
To get to the point where he eliminates the thinking part of it. He's just reacting. That comes in time. It's still early. We're less than a week into camp. ... But again in terms of handling the big stage, he's been there before. It's going to be a matter of him getting comfortable enough and playing fast enough where he can go out there and be an impact player for us, which we're expecting and hoping.
So, this first preseason game should be a good indicator of just how far Clinton-Dix has come. If he plays extremely well and makes an impact, he could start making a serious push for the starting job.
On the other hand, if he struggles, it could really hurt his chances of making too big of an impact as a rookie.