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Micah Hyde embodies Packers’ versatility, resilience in secondary

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Off the top of his head, Micah Hyde says he can’t recall all the different roles he has filled for Green Bay this season.

He also was unable to immediately recall how many defensive backs hes worked alongside because of the injuries that have hit the Packerssecondary.

That’s a good question, a laughing Hyde told co-host Bill Polian and me earlier this week on SiriusXM NFL Radio. Ive got to sit down and actually think about that.

Fortunately for Green Bay, Hyde hasnt sat for a game this season. If he had, Hyde and his teammates might be watching on the couch rather than playing in Sundays NFC title game at Atlanta.

The Packers were also decimated by injuries and it started with Brice. The Packers also lost defensive back Micah Hyde (shoulder), linebacker Jake Ryan (shoulder), running back Ty Montgomery (ribs), and offensive linemen Lane Taylor (knee) and T.J. Lang (knee).

It might not have mattered, even with a fully healthy Packers team, the way the Falcons played Sunday. It was pick your poison against the Packers defense.

Ryan will likely be the NFL MVP and played like it Sunday, completing passes to eight different receivers.

It’s exciting, Ryan told Fox Sports. We were great today in all three phases. It feels pretty good.

The Falcons were the NFL’s highest scoring team this season and set a franchise record with 540 points scored during the regular season. Atlanta averaged 40 points in it’s two playoff victories and will be a dangerous team for either the Patriots or Steelers in the Super Bowl. sharks_398

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Tom Brady lauds Gisele Bundchen’s Rio strut, Jimmy Garoppolo’s play

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“He works his tail off to prepare, and I know he has the respect of everybody,” Brady said. “I think that’s what you always do — try to come out here and earn the respect of your teammates and your coaches. You have to put the work in, you have to show you’re willing to show up every day and do whatever it takes to get the job done.

“It’s been fun to see his development. We got off to a good start the other night and hopefully we keep it going; we have three days of practice coming up against the Bears that will be good preparation for our team. We have to use them really well.”

Sunday marked the team’s first practice since the preseason opener, and it was held in hot, humid conditions that challenged Brady and his teammates.

“A couple days off, we’ve been off our feet and you try to get back into it, and your body is not quite ready,” he said of conditioning in the heat. “You just have to fight through it the best you can.”

Brady’s post-practice interview with reporters lasted less than five minutes. It marked the second time he has answered questions from the press since training camp opened July 28.

Candace Gregory and her husband, Danmon, were taking an after-dinner stroll around the Inner Harbor of Baltimore on Wednesday night when they saw an unexpected gesture of generosity.

More unexpected was the person making the gesture.

It was Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, in town for the preseason opener against the Ravens the following night.

Newton and a group of teammates were leaving dinner at Sullivan’s. The NFL MVP was carrying two bags of food that Candace later realized contained a full meal, not leftovers.

As they rounded the corner, Candace and Danmon — in town for business — watched as Newton gave one of the bags to a man sitting beside a bus stop with a sign that said, “Homeless Please help hungry — food.”

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