Nov 16, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers safety Micah Hyde (33) celebrates after returning a punt 75 yards for a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
BD: For a team with such a high octane offense, it’s understandable that the defense and special teams would be overlooked somewhat. However, the Packers seem to have a lot of their energy provided by defensive or return touchdowns, and look to be underrated in those phases. Who are the unsung heroes of your defense and ST that Falcons fans will see Monday?
JM: I’m a huge Casey Hayward fan. I truly think he could emerge into a premiere corner in the seasons ahead. When he is on the field he greatly increases the chance for a turnover or a big play. In a limited amount of playing time this season he has 2 fumble recoveries, three interceptions along with a touchdown.
Enough really can’t be said about the transition to safety and the spark Micah Hyde brings to the return game. Not only does he have 51 combined tackles, a sack and 2 interceptions, he also a 75 yard kickoff return for a touchdown as well. At only 23 years-of-age the ceiling could be very high on the fifth round pick. While we are on special teams I have to give praise to the play of Mason Crosby. Over the last two seasons he has only missed 7 field goals. He missed 11 in the 2012 season alone. Quiet a remarkable turnaround for such a mental position.