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Hyde Becoming a Household name for the Packers

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Hyde Becoming a Household name for the Packers

Even in his rookie year, the cards were stacked against Micah Hyde, creating an almost impossible learning curve for the former Iowa cornerback. 

The Packers selected Hyde in the 2013 draft and almost instantly, the team's cornerbacks coach - whose unit has been deemed as one of the best under him since 2009, began filling Hyde's plate. Each corner position he would have to master — an unusual workload compared to the traditional repetitions the other corners on the team were taking at the time. 

Eventually, the team converted him to a safety the following year and the versatility that would soon define Hyde began to show. Now under the responsibility of safeties coach Darren Perry.

Now, Hyde embodies all that is a human Swiss Army knife, whether he's returning punts or lining up at the crown of the Packers' secondary. The team and its coaches fawn over his ability to station wherever he's needed. This was evidenced last Friday night by his acrobatic interception on the Browns' opening drive. 

"He's rare," said Whitt of Hyde. "With his knowledge of the defense and his skill set to go along with that, that makes him a really hybrid-type player."

Hyde is coming off a year where he was tied for the team-lead in interceptions, tallying three alongside veteran Sam Shields and then-first-year player Damarious Randall. Hyde's flexibility in the defense also gives the Packers just as much reassurance at the cornerback position as it does safety.

However, sticking Hyde on the outside receiver wouldn't really be ideal. Due to not exactly being one of the more faster guys on the team, Hyde's ability to guard the opposing team's tight end in the slot is where he would likely continue to thrive.

Even with his 4.56 40 time coming out of Iowa, Hyde's lack of explosive speed hasn't prevented the team from utilizing him on special teams. In his three years with the team, he's brought back three punt returns to the house — a further testament to his multitalented game. 

"He's a pro. Guys that can do more gives yourself a chance to be on the field. Whenever we ask him to do something, whatever role we put him in, he not only does it - he excels in it."

Entering his fourth year as a "pro", Hyde's song and dance remains the same with the Packers. His role - or lack thereof, remains stagnant. Wherever that role is, Hyde can continue to make plays in the secondary to further enforce the rising talent of a young, unheralded defensive backs group.


Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV and a contributor/analyst for the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

Hyde ran a 4.56 forty. He put up a real nice 6.78 3 cone, which probably helps explain why he can return punts well. He reassures me far more as a safety than as any kind of CB.

Handsback's picture

Every team in the NFL wants a player like Hyde. Capers has made good use of him and Hyde fits what the Packers are doing on defense.

Ibleedgreenmore's picture

He does a lot of good things, is he a superstar well no. Can he play and make some great plays, yes he can and right now he is cheap per NFL pay.

staffordsneckfat's picture

"Hyde's ability to guard the opposing team's tight end in the slot is where he would likely continue to thrive."

Continue to thrive? Like at one point Hyde has 'thrived' against tight ends?

ZJ, what planet are you on?

Please go back and watch that Denver game when Owen Daniels ran circles around Hyde. Brutal.

Or check out when Phil Rivers basically threw at Hyde on every pass attempt in the 2nd half when he went for 500+ yards.

CJ Bauckham's picture

'more faster' got a laugh out of me, anyway

Bearmeat's picture

Hyde is great as a swiss army knife, but he can be exploited by the opposition. His HWS numbers are not ideal - which is why he wasn't a day 1/2 pick. I'm very comfortable having Hyde guard the opposition's WR 3-5 or non-all-star TE. I'm not at all comfortable with Hyde guarding any type of premier offensive weapon.

Effective, great to have on a team, but limited, would be more accurate.

Gman1976's picture

Hyde..."a household name?" Not in my house. He is good, but not great (yet).

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