When the Green Bay Packers entered training camp they knew that rookie Micah Hyde had the promise to become a star on their defense. The rookie out of the University of Iowa has shown just that. Hyde has energized the Packers defense and given the team a threat they have missed since the release of Charles Woodson. Losing Woodson made it a tough transition for Green Bay because they lost that threat of bringing the safety blitz and getting to the quarterback efficiently. The answer to that problem seems to be Micah Hyde as he has been very successful getting to the quarterback and disrupting the flow of the opponents’ offense.
Over the last three games, Hyde has one sack and a forced fumble on his resume. He is beginning to show that he can start in the free safety spot next to Morgan Burnett due to the fact that Jerrod McMillian has not played well as of late. If you watch the Packers it doesn’t take long to notice the young defensive back out of Iowa. He flies all over the field making sure tackles, which is another issue the Packers had last year in wrapping up opponents. Hyde has been able to step up on defense when other key players have been sidelined with injuries. Since the Packers lost Clay Matthews and Nick Perry for the past few weeks, Hyde was able to step up to the plate and make plays on a defense that needed just that.
Hyde is also becoming quite the threat on special teams. On Sunday night in Minnesota after Cordarrelle Patterson returned a kickoff for an NFL record tying 109-yards, Hyde answered later with his own 93-yard punt return for a score. The punt return duties have been up in the air since the release of Jeremy Ross in September after a crucial fumble against the Cincinnati Bengals which led to a touchdown. The loss of Randall Cobb from the punt return game has also been a huge loss for Green Bay, due to his electrifying returns the Packers have gotten used to that have been missing from their special teams. It seems that Hyde could also be the answer on special teams just like defense. On Sunday night, it seemed that he has taken control of the position and will continue to see more playing time at the punt return role.
Moving forward this season, Mike McCarthy has come out and said that Hyde will continue to see more time and be a more prominent player on both defense and special teams. In just his first professional season, Hyde has been coming on strong and it doesn’t look as if the fifth round pick is going to slow down now. The Packers look to have found the next rising star on their defense the way the team always has through their draft and develop system. Hyde is just another product of that, and he will continue to impress both fans and teammates as a star on defense and special teams in the near future.