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Cheese Curds, 1/31: Clinton-Dix was the steady presence in the Packers' secondary

Green Bay's free safety didn't miss a snap, and his leadership has begun to blossom.

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Sometimes lost amidst the tumultuous season that the Green Bay Packers cornerbacks had was a very impressive season by the team's safeties. Morgan Burnett continues to provide great veteran leadership at the strong safety position, and he was an integral part of Dom Capers' game plans this season, playing several different positions. Although Burnett missed one regular-season game with injury, his presence was crucial to the defense not falling apart sooner than it did.

At free safety, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has become a Pro Bowler and earned every bit of that honor in 2016. His constant presence provided at least some semblance of a security blanket for Capers, giving the coordinator the comfort of knowing that he had an equally adept run-stopper and ball-hawk on the back end of the defense.

Ha Ha gets some recognition in today's Cheese Curds, as does the city of Green Bay and a handful of Senior Bowl prospects.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, David Bakhtiari make their Pro Bowl debuts |
Both players were held off the stat sheet, but it was a nice debut for the two young Packers.

The 1,236-snap man: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix never missed a play this season - ESPN
Clinton-Dix was most definitely NOT held off the stat sheet this season, however, and he didn't miss a single play on defense - one of just four defensive players across the league to do so. He also led the team with 5 interceptions - two more than any other single player.

10 2017 NFL Draft prospects on rise after Senior Bowl | PFF
The top three players are receiving options - one who was already rising up draft boards (O.J. Howard) and a couple others who are just getting going (Zay Jones and Cooper Kupp).

Green Bay ranked as top football city in America -
WOO! We're number one!

Victor Cruz says the Giants’ boat trip ‘definitely wasn’t worth it’ -
Was it the reason the Giants lost? No. But he's not exactly proud of what they chose to do.

Matt Millen: John Lynch faces 'steep learning curve' -
Insert "YOU DON'T SAY" Nicolas Cage meme.

Robert Kraft's Patriots dynasty | The MMQB with Peter King
Kraft was warned by then-Ravens owner Art Modell not to hire Bill Belichick. He did it anyway, and that "mistake" became a rather absurd success.