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Friday Cheese Curds: Packers need HaHa Clinton-Dix to step it up

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The safety is on the option year of his rookie deal. Can he cash in?

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In the option year of his rookie contract, it’s put up or shut up time for Green Bay Packers safety HaHa Clinton-Dix.

When Clinton-Dix was selected in the first round of the 2014 draft, Packers fans were excited their woes at safety (hello there, M.D. Jennings) were finally over. They thought they finally had their center fielder who would perfectly complement the play of Morgan Burnett perfectly.

Instead Clinton-Dix has become an enigma. He showed promising signs his first few years in the league, making the Pro Bowl in 2016. Yet he’s also shown patterns of troubling performance, frequently finding himself out of position or making poor attempts at tackling.

The Packers had no choice but to exercise the fifth year option on him this season and thus making the 2018 a 16-game interview for Clinton-Dix whether it be for Green Bay or the other 31 NFL teams.

He has shown some signs of turning the corner this year as he is tied with seven other players for the league lead in interceptions with three. He’s also struggled at times, completely missing tackles and again finding himself out of position.

Clinton-Dix has also become much more outspoken with the media, something the Packers did not necessarily like in previous years.

Green Bay should want to see more of him before offering him a second contract, one that undoubtedly would include a pay raise. It’s now up to Clinton-Dix if he will be laughing all the way to the bank or crying all the way into eternal mediocrity.

There’s more on the enigmatic safety plus how the rookie receivers have earned their quarterback’s trust in today’s cheese curds.

Packers need to see more before investing in Ha Ha Clinton-Dix—

Clinton-Dix has played 99% of snaps on defense the past five years, but availability does not always generate results nor good tape. That’s what he needs to work on in the final 10 games of 2018.

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