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Ex-Hawkeye Micah Hyde has inside track to start for Packers

[ 0 ] August 6, 2014 |

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Green Bay Packers safety Micah Hyde jumped in the end zone for an interception on Wednesday.

It was the kind of game-changing play that occurred far too infrequently last season for coach Mike McCarthy’s liking.

Toss in the addition of safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the first round of the NFL draft, and Green Bay has the potential of having two young impact players at a position that failed to get an interception in 2013.

Former Hawkeye Micah Hyde jumps for an interception during camp with the Packers. (Morry Gash/AP)

Former Hawkeye Micah Hyde jumps for an interception during camp with the Packers. (Morry Gash/AP)

“I think we’ve gotten our hands on a few balls, that’s kind of how it goes, no different than rushing the passer,” McCarthy said. “It’s definitely good to see our secondary start to bring some of them in. We’ve had some opportunities. The coverage has been tight.”

And that’s with one of the starting safeties, veteran Morgan Burnett, watching practice again because of an injury. After sitting out last week with a sore ankle, Burnett has been sidelined the past couple of days with an oblique injury.

All the more opportunity for the Packers to be able to take a look at both Hyde, a second-year player from Iowa, and Clinton-Dix. The former played cornerback as a rookie last season; the latter had a stellar college career at Alabama.

Hyde appears to have had most of the first-team snaps next to Burnett, though Hyde and Clinton-Dix have been on the field at the same time lately with Burnett out.

“It’s a great competition first of all, but we also have a bond on that back end. Everyone is trying to help each other to get better each and every day,” Clinton-Dix said.

For now, it seems as if Hyde has the edge so far to start with Burnett if the season were to start this weekend.

For the Packers, Saturday is only the first preseason game in Nashville against the Tennessee Titans.

“I think all of the work he’s getting (at safety) now is very valuable,” defensive coordinator Dom Capers said recently. “Micah can play two, three positions for us, and the more guys you can have that can do that because we all know how your team changes as you go through the course of the season.”

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