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In dealing Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Ty Montgomery www.thepackersfootballauthentic.com , the Green Bay Packers traded away two players who spoke in varying degrees in recent weeks about their respective futures with the team.What happens on the field always comes first, general manager Brian Gutekunst said Wednesday, though other factors aren't ignored either."So I think you take everything into consideration when you make these kinds of decisions," Gutekunst said before practice. "But performance comes first. That's always kind of the major factor in these decisions."But everything's taken into account," he added. "It's never usually just one thing."Clinton-Dix, a starting safety, went to the Washington Redskins in exchange for a 2019 fourth-round pick. Playing under the fifth-year option of his rookie contract, Clinton-Dix is eligible for free agency this offseason.Montgomery, a fourth-year running back, was traded to the Baltimore Ravens for a seventh-round pick in 2020. He moves on two days after fumbling a kickoff return with about two minutes left in a 29-27 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday after being told by coaches to take a touchback if the kick went into the end zone. The turnover cost the Packers a chance to drive for a potential winning score.Montgomery seemed uncertain about his future on Monday. He lost snaps in the Rams game after Aaron Jones was elevated to starter."I don't fully understand what my role is right now, what I'm supposed to be doing, how I'm supposed to help this team," Montgomery said Monday.Montgomery said that he made a "split-second decision" in taking the ball out on the kick return because he did not want to take a chance of putting the game in the hands of officials. He also spoke Monday about criticism from an anonymous player that came up in an NFL story , adding that he wanted that player to talk to him.Now what had been a three-man backfield is down to Jones and Jamaal Williams. Jones is averaging 6.2 yards a carry."It's not a personal slight or trying to create an angle here of negativity," coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday. "This is part of the business but, more importantly, when opportunities arise, we're more focused on the culture and the people in that culture taking advantage of this opportunity."McCarthy thanked Montgomery and Clinton-Dix for their contributions and wished them the best. He said that they represented the Packers "very well" during their tenures.Clinton-Dix led the Packers with three interceptions, giving him 14 over 71 regular-season games in Green Bay Green Bay Packers T-Shirt , including 65 starts. Still, the safety position was mired by inconsistent play.Clinton-Dix also talked about his future in an interview on Oct. 10 with the Wisconsin State-Journal ."Right now, I'm playing each and every game like it's my last. I don't think I'm going to be here next year," Clinton-Dix said then.Gutekunst said that while he was aware of what players were saying, that "it's not as concerning, to me it's more about their play and their performance and things like that. Any time there's comments that come out of our locker room, I pay attention to it."The moves didn't signify the Packers were already looking ahead to next year, he added. At 3-3-1, the Packers are still firmly in the muddled NFC North race with a tough game at New England on Sunday night."I don't necessarily think there's a message it sends to the locker room," Gutekunst said. "I think the decisions that we make are always in the best interest of our team, not only in the short term but the long term, as well."But I think our locker room knows where we're headed," he added. "I think we're humming at the right time and I think there (are) a lot of positive things going forward."Receiver Davante Adams said the deals shouldn't be taken personally in the locker room."It's just a part of the game," Adams said. "It's going to be a lot of different factors that lead into people coming and going for many years to come. I wouldn't take it as a warning for anybody or anything like that."NOTES: RB Tra Carson was added to the active roster from the practice squad, while RB Lavon Coleman was added to the practice squad. Carson was signed to the practice squad on Oct. 9 after being waived/injured by the Bengals in Week 2. The second-year player was signed by the Bengals as undrafted free agent out of Texas A&M in 2016.s://apnews/NFL and s://AP_NFLPackers TE Jimmy Graham is (probably) still awesome Stats actually don’t lie, contrary to the popular saying. Stats tell you exactly what they tell you, no more, no less. No, the problem with statistics is invariably people Green Bay Packers Hats , and a person’s need for simple, easy to understand bite-size stories. Statistics say that new Packer tight end Jimmy Graham was extremely inefficient last season as he was 28th in DVOA among tight ends, and 103rd among all pass-catchers in WROPS, just below Jordy Nelson.But those stats don’t tell you that Graham was terrible, just that he lacked production, and there are a lot of reasons a player may not produce. One of those reasons can be that he’s terrible, but football is complicated, and in the passing game there are so many interlocking parts that a pass-catchers production is subject to any number of changes elsewhere. One of my favorite football analysts is Ben Baldwin of The Athletic’s Seattle division. Ben is one of the smartest analysts you will find, and the other day he tweeted this interesting fact:The Seattle line has been an issue for awhile, and I’m sure most Packer fans fondly remember the success of the Packer pass rush against the Seahawks last season. The Seattle offensive line wasn’t just bad, it was historically terrible, and Russell Wilson was under constant pressure for the entire season. This issue had a disproportionate impact on Graham. While Jimmy Graham is a receiving specialist, he was called on to chip and block quite a bit, he served as an emergency bailout option frequently, and because Wilson just didn’t have much time, deep balls to Graham didn’t materialize as frequently. When the line is simply bad, Wilson can run around and create time for deep balls, but last season the team had to resort to extra blockers with some regularity. Here, the Seahawks attempt to spring Graham deep with play-action Green Bay Packers Womens Hoodie , but in doing so they max-protect, sending only two receivers into the pattern, and both on the same side to boot. The 49ers react quickly and swarm the double wideouts. It’s the kind of play you run when you completely lack confidence in your line, and if the defense is prepared, it’s hopeless.Graham also had far too many plays like this -1 yard effort on a misdirection play that is completely blown up by the Rams. On this play, the line surges left at the snap, and they try to leak a few receivers out against the grain as Wilson rolls right after a play fake. The Rams not only aren’t fooled, they get a guy right in Wilson’s grill, forcing a hopeless dump-off to Graham behind the line of scrimmage.Graham has always been a tough matchup based on his size, speed, and use of his body on contested catches, and while he has undoubtedly lost a step, he’s still more than fast enough to do damage on mid-level and deep passes. His play in the red zone, and 10 touchdowns, showed that he can still body a defender with the best of them. The difference between 2016 Graham, who averaged a career high 14.2 yards per reception, and 2017 Graham, who averaged 9.1, really wasn’t much Womens Customized Green Bay Packers Jerseys , and getting something like his career average of 12.2 yards per reception is a reasonable expectation going into this season.Russell Wilson also had a career worst year last season in terms of production, but anyone who actually watched him play would likely conclude that he is both a wizard, and lucky to be alive. The line hurt Wilson, and the line hurt Graham. Anyone who blames either Wilson or Graham for the Seahawks’ offensive issues is taking the easy way out. Graham is 32 years old, and not what he was in his twenties, but he’s much more dangerous than his stats let on.What about Jordy Nelson?I mentioned earlier that Graham’s 2017 production was actually slightly worse than Nelson’s by WROPS, and the easy conclusion to make with Nelson would be that he simply suffered without Aaron Rodgers. The difference between Nelson and Graham is that with Graham, tape shows a player who can still get open, and still bring in balls if the throws are there. Nelson was productive with Rodgers, but that production was almost entirely based chemistry with Rodgers. The fact of the matter is that Nelson was almost always covered, and covered well, even on his big plays. While there is nothing wrong with working hard to have chemistry with the quarterback, that was essentially all that Nelson had. The short version is that, on tape, Graham was bad because of his line. And on tape, Nelson was only good because of his quarterback.