No more Stephon Gilmore or Nickell Robey-Coleman.
This year the Bills will lean on first round pick Tre’Davious White and third year pro Ronald Darby as cornerbacks.
Luckily, these guys will have a guardian angel looking over their shoulder in Micah Hyde.
He came to Buffalo this offseason knowing he could be a teacher to the Bills’ secondary students.
“The first conversations I had with Coach [Sean McDermott], he mentioned that and I know that’s what I bring to the table,” Hyde said. “I try to do the best that I can to get these young guys lined up, give them some knowledge on and off the field.”
Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier acknowledged Hyde isn’t all that old himself. The Iowa grad will be 27 this New Year’s Eve, but Frazier still thinks Hyde’s experience will help.
“His production alone with his leadership should raise the level of the secondary. That was part of the reason why we signed him,” Frazier said.
Hyde played both strong and free safety, along with nickel corner in his four seasons for the Packers. It makes him all the more valuable a resource.
“He’s a guy who played a lot of different positions in Green Bay, so he’s sort of a guy that I can pretty much go to in any aspect of the defense,” White said. “From a nickel standpoint or a safety standpoint, knowing that guy is going to be able to talk because he knows pretty much everything that’s going on on the field.”
Frazier praised Hyde’s example on the field. He’s making plays without taking offensive teammates to the ground. “It shows guys how to compete without getting tangled up,” Frazier said.
Hyde also hasn’t been afraid to speak up in the meeting or on the field. It’s something Frazier thinks the Bills need.
“In the classroom, taking over sometimes with heralding questions, talking through tape – it’s good for the young guys to see that, to see him being assertive in that area,” Frazier said.
“As soon as I stepped foot here in Buffalo, Rochester, whatever you wanna say, I made it a point to be a leader trying to help all the young guys,” Hyde said. “Answer any questions I can. If I don’t have the answer then I’ll go to the coaches. Trying to help them out as much as possible.”
When asked what he did in his spare time at the dorms, Hyde spoke like a straight A student. He says he studies the defense.
Though, he did admit he does watch some Netflix.