Though his audition against the Ravens started off rocky, the Packers have seen enough good things out of Micah Hyde to roll with him as the team's punt returner.
Hyde did well enough during the Ravens game to earn praise from Coach Mike McCarthy, who compared Hyde to a guy who was also held in high esteem for his overall playmaking abilities, per packers.com:
Mike McCarthy has spoken many times of how natural Hyde looked catching punts on the first day of rookie minicamp back in May. On Thursday, McCarthy likened Hyde’s natural ball skills to another defensive back who handled some punt-return duties in his day.
“Charles Woodson is clearly one of the best, or the best, players that I’ve been around as far as handling the football on punts,” McCarthy said. “Just very natural to him, and Micah is similar that way.”
Hyde did well with more game reps, as he posted run backs of 23, 20 and 16 yards which helped set up the Packers for several scores. Time will tell whether this is a job which Hyde can hold on to for a long time to come but the Packers would love it if Hyde became their go-to-guy on punt returns, a position that has been in flux since Randall Cobb left that duty.
We think he'll be great with more opportunities.
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