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Cheese Curds, 4/4: More responsibility for Clinton-Dix, Murphy discusses NFL's future plans

As Green Bay's staff primarily looks to the 2016 season, the NFL as a whole has its sights on 2020 as a longer-term goal.

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As the Green Bay Packers focus on the upcoming season, one player on defense stands out as being ready for an even bigger role next year. The Packers' secondary finally appears to be steady after several departures over the past few years. A big reason for that steadiness is safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who will enter his third NFL season this fall.

It's easy to see what his impact has meant to the back end of Dom Capers' defense after the Packers struggled to find a replacement for Nick Collins. Now, it's time for him to take full ownership of the back end and take yet another big step forward.

Meanwhile, we look at some NFL Draft prospects and one facet of their life that often gets overlooked, and we hear from the Packers' organization leader about the league's goals coming out of the Owners' Meetings a little while back.

Vision 2020: The NFL’s Strategic Plan |
Mark Murphy's monthly column addresses the league's goals over the next five years, plus some background about the NFL Draft and discussion about expanding the active roster to 55 players.

Packers see enhanced role for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix |
Ha Ha had an impressive jump from his rookie year to his second season, as Mike McCarthy likes to see. He's also helping Morgan Burnett play some of his best football, but the deep safety should be getting even more responsibility this season.

Fore! Packers QB Aaron Rodgers plays golf in foursome with President Obama - ESPN
That's quite the foursome - Rodgers, the president, astronaut Mark Kelly (who squared off with Rodgers on Jeopardy") and ESPN's Tony Kornheiser.

Meet Tom Hackett, the best prospect yet in Australia's NFL punter pipeline -
Sure, he's a two-time Ray Guy Award winner as the best punter in college football, but Hackett's off-the-field attitude should endear him to Packers fans as well.

Sleep is a hot commodity among NFL prospects -
This was one of the regular themes among prospects at the Scouting Combine - having to power through a lack of sleep. Temple LB Tyler Matakevich was the only player I spoke to who reported getting a good night's sleep at any point during the Combine.

Report: Kaepernick deal held up by $4.9 million gap -
As always, the money is holding up the deal. The draft pick compensation is apparently settled, but not the financials.