Hyde, Clinton-Dix in mix at safety for Pack
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – 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.
“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 and Clinton-Dix. The former played cornerback as a rookie last season; the latter had a stellar college career at Alabama.
MEDICAL REPORT: McCarthy confirmed that top reserve offensive lineman Don Barclay would miss the 2014 season after tearing the ACL in his right knee in practice Tuesday. Barclay was considered the top backup at tackle and guard.
General manager Ted Thompson didn’t appear concerned with offensive line depth, though, with 15 linemen on the roster. After the injury, second-year pro Lane Taylor would be the top backup at guard, while 2011 first-round draft pick Derek Sherrod would be the top backup at tackle.
HIGHLIGHT PLAY: After missing about a week of camp because of shingles, seventh-round draft pick Jeff Janis made a nice, one-handed catch over starting cornerback Sam Shields for a touchdown near the corner of the end zone on a fade pass from Scott Tolzien. It made quite the impression for a rookie off to a late start in camp.
Janis’ return was important for receiver depth after fifth-round pick Jared Abbrederis’ rookie season ended last week after tearing the ACL in his right knee.