Packer Plus - - FAN MAIL/LINEUP - Rick Klauer

This week Rob Reis­chel con­tin­ues his four-part se­ries on the Pack­ers by po­si­tion head­ing into train­ing camp and ex­am­ines the quar­ter­backs and tight ends. How much im­pact will new tight ends Martel­lus Ben­nett and Lance Ken­dricks have on the Pack­ers? The guess here is that Ben­nett, in par­tic­u­lar, will cre­ate an ex­cit­ing new chap­ter in Mike McCarthy’s play­book. Ben­nett’s in­cred­i­ble size and power should make him a re­li­able weapon all over the field, along with his abil­ity to shake off tack­les. But will Ben­nett be able to harness all that power to his ad­van­tage? The im­age still lingers of rookie Ha Ha Clin­ton-Dix wrap­ping up the for­mer Bears tight end at the 1-yard line at Sol­dier Field, just inches away from the end zone dur­ing a game in 2014. The Pack­ers were cling­ing to a 21-17 lead with nine sec­onds left at the end of the first half. After a short pass from Jay Cut­ler, Clin­ton-Dix im­me­di­ately seized Ben­nett at the 1 and pulled him away from the goal line, deny­ing the Bears a touch­down. Ben­nett, prob­a­bly 60-70 pounds heav­ier than Clin­ton-Dix at the time, couldn’t se­cure the TD de­spite video re­views. Credit Clin­ton-Dix with the head’s-up play. Our next is­sue, July 20, marks a re­turn to a weekly for­mat. We will have is­sues from train­ing camp through the reg­u­lar sea­son and post­sea­son, in­clud­ing Su­per Bowl LII in Min­neapo­lis.

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