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He also was far more consistent than he was his rookie season,Eli Manning Jersey with the 2014 NFC Championship Game loss to Seattle serving as a microcosm of his first year. Although he intercepted a pair of Russell Wilson passes in that game, he failed to break up Wilson’s desperation rainbow 2-point conversion throw late in the game -- a play that,Clay Matthews Jersey had Clinton-Dix batted the pass down, likely would’ve sent the Packers to the Super Bowl. (Not that there weren’t a host of other plays the Packers botched that day.Luke Kuechly Jersey)
“I felt like if I could have made that one play, I’d have given up those two interceptions that I had,” Clinton-Dix said,Rob Gronkowski Jersey adding that his performance in that game had “nothing to do with” his new interview policy. “My rookie year, I had a few games where I played decent,Russell Wilson Jersey and then I’d come back and f--- up that next week. Or I just wouldn’t play as good. So I’ve decided to stay away from the ‘me,Pittsburgh Steelers Jersey’ what I’ve done, what I contributed to. You’ll see what it is on film.Cincinnati Bengals Jersey”
If McCarthy is right, you’ll also see a third-year player emerge as a more vocal leader on a defense he believes is headed toward being a championship-caliber unit.
“Leadership is always the focus,David Johnson Jersey” McCarthy said. “It’s something that I’ve spent a lot of time on. You look at your team, and when you’re young, you have to create opportunities for guys to step up and lead. I think that’s where the void will be filled. I look for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and some of these guys to step up and take advantage of it.”