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.