Packers 2016 Recap: DB Micah Hyde
- 46 tackles, 1 sack, 3 interceptions
- Pro Football Focus: 74.7/100 (53rd of 112 ranked CBs)
Expectations going into the season: Moderate
Expectations were: Exceeded
Analysis: Hyde’s stellar season means bad things for the Packers
2016 was easily Micah Hyde’s best season as a pro. He showed his jack-of-all trades value in a huge way this year, filling in for Morgan Burnett at safety, Quinten Rollins and Damarious Randall at corner, and even Joe Thomas at a hybrid linebacker-type position.
It showcased exactly how versatile Hyde can be and how bereft of depth the Packers’ defense was.
Hyde was probably the Packers’ best defensive player over the last month to month and a half of the season. He had game sealing interceptions against the Lions and Cowboys and was the most dependable member of a secondary that lacked almost anything resembling consistency all season long.
The fact that the Packers needed Hyde to contribute in so many ways says a lot about both parties. It’s a huge credit to Hyde, a former fifth round pick, that he’d be counted on in so many different ways. But it’s also a telling indictment that the Packers had to turn to a player so limited as Hyde to save the defense.
If Hyde was a true role player on this defense, the Packers could be incredible. He’d be free to make plays all over the field, as he’s shown himself to be capable of doing. That he was a key player instead shows exactly how poor the defense was this year.