Micah Hyde: Rookie year was promising

Green Bay Packers cornerback Micah Hyde during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lambeau Field. Pittsburgh won 38-31. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

 

If a Green Bay Packers fan hears the name Micah Hyde, they might think of the missed opportunity late in the fourth quarter against the 49ers in the NFC Wild Card playoff game. That potential interception would have made Hyde a rookie legend. It didn’t happen, but the Green Bay Packers cornerback showed that he was ready to play from the start.

Hyde is and will be a prime example of Ted Thompson’s draft and develop ideology. He (Hyde) was drafted in the fifth round by the Green Bay Packers, and many thought he was too slow even for the fifth round. Beginning with duties as the nickel corner in the season opener at San Francisco he showed maturity and speed.

Micah Hyde had a strong rookie campaign for the Packers. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Micah Hyde had a strong rookie campaign for the Packers.
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Throughout the season he played both nickel and dime positions and showed that he’s a pretty versatile player. He took over punt and kick return duties as well as played in punt and kick coverage. Hyde ran a punt back 93 yards for a TD against the Minnesota Vikings which was the team’s longest in six years.

With the draft coming up and Sam Shields’ future with the Packers in free agency limbo, the Packers have a big decision on how to use Micah Hyde. Ultimately, the Packers may use him at safety depending on what happens early this off-season.

For now, he will remain a cornerback and will continue to get better this off-season.  This fifth-rounder has the ability to help turn the Packers defense around and maybe even help the defense gain a really cool nickname like Seattle. Pick Platoon, Hyde’s Horde, Boom Battalion, Boom Brigade?

Maybe a personal nickname like “Micah Hyde Your Quarterback?”

Suggestions are welcome.

Topics: Green Bay Packers, Micah Hyde

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