Rookie Micah Hyde said he has no idea if he will be returning kickoffs full-time on Monday night against the Chicago Bears in addition to his punt return duties.
ďIím just going to keep practicing, just like I do every week and game time, Iím sure Coach will have a decision,Ē said Hyde today in the locker room.
Hyde returned a punt 93 yards for a touchdown against Minnesota on Sunday night and replaced Johnathan Franklin on kickoff returns midway through the game.
ďI think punt returns are obviously harder catching the ball and stuff like that, but I just think that I havenít had very much experience in the past with kickoff returns,Ē said Hyde. ďI think the last time I did it was in high school. But the coaches have a decision to make, and whatever they decide will be the right decision.Ē
Hyde hasnít taken full-time kickoff reps during practice yet but does a lot of ball drills afterward and said he will be ready if called on.
ďI think that the hardest thing for punt returners is actually catching the ball,Ē said Hyde. ďKick returns are kind of simple. It just flies off and most of the time itís straight unless itís a knuckleball or the kicker tries to kick it different, but itís easier catching. Like I said, I donít have much experience in the past doing kickoff returns and I just know that the guys might be running a little faster down the field and itís a little more exciting, I guess.Ē
The last time Hyde returned kickoffs on a regular basis was in high school. He didnít take any kickoff return reps during training camp, when the Packers tried out numerous players.
Hyde said he received a lot of reaction after his big punt return against the Vikings.
ďObviously, everyone was excited for me,Ē Hyde said. ďMy phone was blowing up. Itís still kind of blowing up to this day. Itís a good feeling. Obviously, a lot of support from people back home, people here. Itís a pretty good feeling, and Iíd like to keep it rolling.Ē