Itâ€™s good to see that Packers coach Mike McCarthy wants to see what he has in Micah Hyde.
The 23-year-old, who is about to embark on his second season in the league, is currently slotted with the starting unit starting at safety alongside Morgan Burnett in Organized Team Activities.
I like Micah Hyde.
Heâ€™s a tough fifth rounder that has worked his way up the ladder and itâ€™s great to see that the Packers are awarding his work ethic and talent â€” even if that means not starting this yearâ€™s first round pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
Hyde can be a great example for a team that is desperate for a playmaking safety. Hyde showed last year that he isnâ€™t afraid to creep up to the line of scrimmage and bottle up the run and he proved that while his coverage can get better, it still isnâ€™t bad.
But this is why starting at safety this year is genius. It allows for Clinton-Dix to learn how to become a rookie and improve on his skills. And then after Tramon Williams becomes an unrestricted free agent after this season, Hyde can slide into Williamsâ€™ starting cornerback role and Clinton-Dix should be able to take over full-time at safety.
Hyde may have been overlooked at Iowa but McCarthy and Ted Thompson know what this guy can do. He nearly halted San Franciscoâ€™s Super Bowl run with the tip of his fingers last year.
Is Hyde the final answer to fix the defense? No way. The answer to that question is how B.J. Raji plays, if Julius Peppers has enough gas in the tank to make the entire season and if Dom Capers shaving the playbook by 15 percent will do the trick.
McCarthy may be just saying that the Packers are giving Hyde a test drive at safety right now.
But if heâ€™s not, it would make a lot of sense.â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”
Cory Jennerjohn is from Wisconsin and has been in sports media for over 10 years. To contact Cory e-mail him at jeobs -at- yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter: Cory Jennerjohn