Preseason Opener Means Different Things for Rookies, Vets

By Ryan Rodig |

Published 08/08 2014 10:38PM

Updated 08/08 2014 10:56PM

(WFRV-TV) - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Davante Adams were already going to get a lot of attention as the first and second round picks of the Packers in 2014.  Now with the preseason opener against Tennessee on Saturday both are out to prove they not only belong, but can contribute in a meaningful way in their first year.

Clinton-Dix is expected to start alongside Micah Hyde vs. the Titans due to an injury to Morgan Burnett.

"You know when your name is called it's time to go all out," said Clinton-Dix of the opportunity to start in his first NFL game.  "With Morgan being out right now for a couple days you know, you just have to step in and play for him."

While young players would love to make a "splash play" to get noticed, they know doing all the little things right will get just as much attention.

"The thing that would make it even better than even making a big catch, you know making a block that would spring Eddie (Lacy) or whoever for a touchdown," said Adams.  "That's what the coaches are really looking for, is those extra effort type of plays."

For guys like Aaron Rodgers, the first preseason game won't mean a lot of action.

"I would say it's probably going to be fairly light if I were guessing," said Rodgers when asked how much he expects to play.  "I don't want to put anybody out, but I would think it's going to be a light work as we usually do.  You know the thing about this team, as you can tell, we're a pretty deep team.  We have a lot of athleticism and talent in different areas.  One area especially is quarterback.  I know they want to get Matt (Flynn) and Scott (Tolzien) extended looks."

In the end Packers GM Ted Thompson will have the final say on the 53 man roster.  So what's he looking for right now from his rookies and young players who will see the majority of the action Saturday?

"A little bit of everything," said Thompson.

"Trying to ascertain if the games too big for them, and some times it will be in the first game but not the second game. You acquire a ton of information over the course of  a short time, over the month of August.  In that time you will find out a lot about the players on our team and hopefully you will make the right decisions in the end."

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