Mike Roemer/Associated Press
Could Micah Hyde—rather than this year's first-round pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix—really start opposite Morgan Burnett at safety in 2014?
Hyde doesn't feel that he's competing for the starting safety position, per Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, despite the fact that he's been taking reps with the first-team defense all offseason.
More likely than not, the Packers are preparing Hyde to line up at any position on the field, be it at safety or slot corner and will start Clinton-Dix at free safety come September.
"We're still kind of kicking things around with him. Micah will have an opportunity for having a role on this team be it at safety, nickel, dime or whatever we may decide to stick him at," safety coach Darren Perry said, per Hodkiewicz.
"I think he's made a lot of progress and I think when you're learning a new position, you need to spend time there. That's what we're trying to do with him is give him a fair opportunity to make an impact."
Perry did, however, use the word "competition" when discussing both Hyde and Clinton-Dix's progress through OTAs and minicamp.
"He's done some good things. He's done some bad things," said Perry of Clinton-Dix, according to Hodkiewicz. "In this league, you're not going to get it all in four, five weeks. It'll be an ongoing process for him, but hopefully during that process we're going to continue to see growth and see him make some plays for us, and be a contributor for us."
Having both Hyde and Clinton-Dix ready to go at safety can only benefit the Packer defense. Its safety group failed to produce a single interception in 2013, and having Hyde, whose 4.56 40-yard time probably makes him more of a natural fit at safety than at corner, ready to go gives them options to be more explosive.
But so too does Clinton-Dix, who led the SEC in interceptions and has displayed the rangy playmaking ability the Packers have been missing since Nick Collins. Green Bay won't want to keep him off the field.