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PFF Grades: Micah Hyde earns NFL's top safety grade for impressive game vs. Raiders

Bills safety Micah Hyde received his highest overall grade so far in the 2017 season from Pro Football Focus for a stellar performance against the Raiders.

His +3.6 grade was the best among 54 qualifying safeties in Week Eight. He allowed three catches on three targets for just seven yards, snagged an interception, and surrendered a passer rating of 39.6. He also made five tackles – without a missed tackle – and had three "stops."

Hyde is currently PFF's No. 4 overall safety – among 81 qualifiers – and he still leads the NFL with five interceptions.

He's tied with Adrian Amos of the Bears for the highest coverage grade (+9.2) among all safeties in football, and his run-stopping grade (+2.8) is 12th.

Hyde has given up 13 catches on 21 targets for 123 yards with one touchdown, five picks and two pass breakups. That all calculates to a passer rating of 54.4, the 14th-best figure among qualifying safeties.

Sean McDermott's defense seems to be ideal for Hyde, a collegiate cornerback and do-everything secondary member for the Packers during his first four seasons in the NFL.

A season ago he had a -2.0 grade in coverage and a +1.9 overall grade in Green Bay. According to PFF, Hyde finest campaign came as a rookie in 2013, when he finished the year with a +5.6 overall grade and a +2.9 coverage grade, but he was a part-time player then, as he appeared on just 39.3 per of the Packers' defensive snaps that year.

Hyde is 18th highest-paid safety at the moment – based on average per year, and has the 19th-most guaranteed dollars in his contract at his position.

He's been a playmaking leader of Buffalo's revamped secondary in the team's 5-2 start.

Grades courtesy of Pro Football Focus.

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