BY PETE DOUGHERTY, GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE
Making plays really will mean something when the pads come on Sunday, but Green Bay Packers fifth-round draft pick Micah Hyde distinguished himself on the first day of training camp Friday by knocking down several passes.
Hyde was an all-Big Ten Conference performer at Iowa.
In 11-on-11 drills, Hyde broke up a Graham Harrell pass over the middle to Alex Gillett and later a throw to Sederrik Cunningham.
Then in 7-on-7s, Hyde knocked away a B.J. Coleman pass to tight end Andrew Quarless.
“If you had asked me who was the one player that jumped out to me today, I’d say it was Micah,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “That’s something that you saw on his college film at Iowa, his ability to play the football. He has excellent ball skills. He’s a very good anticipator. He jumped out to me.”
Hyde practiced extensively with the No. 1 defense because injuries to Casey Hayward (hamstring) and Davon House (illness) opened up snaps for several cornerbacks.
Hyde has ordinary speed for the position (4.56 seconds in the 40), but the Packers liked his potential as a nickel/dime slot cover man because of his instincts and ability to play the ball.
As he did in offseason practices, Hyde looked like a less athletic version of Hayward.
The day wasn’t a complete win for Hyde, though. In the no-huddle period that finished practice, he gave up a 17-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to James Jones in the corner of the end zone.
Category: Iowa Hawkeyes Football