Hyde's Hawkeye teammate says Hyde could play safety


GREEN BAY -- New Packers safety Tanner Miller says it's possible fellow former Hawkeye Micah Hyde could play some safety as well. Miller is a rookie undrafted free agent for the Packers and says Hyde, who played cornerback as a rookie, could see action at other spots on the defense.

"I think he's a good enough athlete and good enough player that he can play pretty much where ever he wanted back there in the secondary," said Miller. "I think that's what they're going to try and do. They just have to get him on the field because he's a great player."

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has said during the offseason he wants to get Hyde on the field more, leading to speculation Hyde could play some at safety, a position he spent some time playing at Iowa as a junior in 2011 before being a cornerback full-time his senior year.

Hyde appeared in all 16 regular season games as a rookie, totaling 55 tackles. He also spent a portion of the season returning punts and kicks, including a punt return touchdown.

Miller also provides a new option at safety, joining first round draft pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix as players looking to upgrade a position of need. Listed as 6'1 and 211 pounds, Miller had 222 tackles during his Iowa career and was honorable mention all-Big Ten by the league's coaches and media. He says having a former teammate in Hyde, plus other Iowa products like Bryan Bulaga and Mike Daniels in the locker room have helped his transition to the NFL.

"Been a great situation knowing I can go to [Hyde] if I have any problems or any questions," said Miller. "Just to follow his lead and know how to be a professional."