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Nick Hayden | Defensive Lineman | #71

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/4/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 295
College: Wisconsin
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 6 (181) / CAR
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Browns signed DT Nick Hayden.
30-year-old Hayden adds depth following the loss of Desmond Bryant. He was a starter for Dallas the last three seasons, but played a major role in their run defense struggles. Hayden's 53-man spot isn't guaranteed. Fri, Jul 22, 2016 06:04:00 PM

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Free agent DT Nick Hayden visited the Seahawks on Monday.

Hayden spent the last three seasons with the Cowboys. He started 47 games over that span but consistently graded out as one of the least effective tackles in the league. The Seahawks need help on the line, but Hayden would not be guaranteed a roster spot if signed.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Apr 25, 2016 09:51:00 PM

Cowboys re-signed DT Nick Hayden.

Hayden started all 16 games last season, but was among the league's least-effective defensive tackles. He graded out dead last in Pro Football Focus' ratings, getting whipped by the run while generating zero pass rush. Hayden's spot on the 53-man roster won't be assured.
Thu, Mar 19, 2015 07:43:00 PM

ESPN Dallas considers Cowboys DT Nick Hayden the favorite to start next to Henry Melton.

Melton will start at three-technique, while Hayden, Terrell McClain, Tyrone Crawford, and Ken Bishop compete for snaps next to him. Hayden started all 16 games last season, playing 843 snaps, but received extremely poor marks both as a run defender and pass rusher at PFF, grading out as their 68th defensive tackle out of 69 qualifiers. McClain will be given every opportunity to win the job.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Tue, Jul 15, 2014 12:59:00 PM

Cowboys DT Nick Hayden is taking Jay Ratliff's (hamstring, PUP) place in the starting lineup.

It speaks to the Cowboys' (typical) lack of depth. A 2008 sixth-round pick of the Panthers, Hayden has made just two appearances since 2010. He was out of the league last season.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 02:24:00 PM

Cowboys signed DT Nick Hayden to a reserve/future contract.

A sixth-round pick of the Panthers in 2008, Hayden has made 13 career starts and profiles as offseason depth for a Dallas team transitioning from a 3-4 to 4-3 defensive scheme. In the 4-3, Hayden is a defensive tackle.
Mon, Feb 11, 2013 05:04:00 PM

Bengals signed DT Nick Hayden.

Hayden started 10 games for the Panthers last season, ending up with 31 tackles and one sack. He'll fill the roster spot vacated by Pat Sims (injured reserve, ankle).
Wed, Dec 7, 2011 11:51:00 AM

Panthers DT Nick Hayden suffered a concussion in the first half of Thursday's Week 16 game and was replaced by Andre Nesblett and Corvey Irvin.

Though we would never root for someone to get hurt, Hayden has been lackluster at best for the Panthers. On the other hand, Nesblett has been impressive against two of the league's better running attacks, Atlanta and Pittsburgh. Look for him to get the nod in Week 17 if Hayden is ruled out.
Sat, Dec 25, 2010 09:21:00 AM

According to Panthers beat writer Steve Reed, Nick Hayden will once again start over Ed Johnson at defensive tackle.

Hayden held his own against Steven Jackson in Week 8, and has a great chance to continue his solid play as the Panthers take on the Saints and their lackluster running attack in Week 9.
Fri, Nov 5, 2010 12:38:00 PM

Panthers DT Nick Hayden started over Ed Johnson in Week 8.

"It was one of those situations where nobody was necessarily kind of standing out, but that we tried to get a little different mix in there and give Nick a chance to stand up and do something," DC Ron Meeks said. Hayden didn't register a tackle but did help to limit Steven Jackson to 59 yards.
Mon, Nov 1, 2010 10:18:00 AM

The Panthers have been giving more reps to Marlon Favorite rather than keeping Nick Hayden at first team defensive tackle.

The Panthers are awfully thin at this spot on defense. It's been hard to find a replacement within for injured Ma'ake Kemoeatu. Hayden struggled against New York on Monday and they feel Favorite will better help against the run.
Thu, Aug 20, 2009 09:32:00 AM

The Panthers are giving second-year player Nick Hayden first-team reps at nose tackle as they attempt to replace Ma'ake Kemoeatu.

The size drop-off (Kemoeatu is 6'5/345 to Hayden's 6'4/292) is spectacular. Coordinator Ron Meeks admits that the Panthers will have to change their scheme to atone for Kemo's loss. They're going to field a poor run defense.
Tue, Aug 4, 2009 05:54:00 PM

Panthers re-signed exclusive rights free agent DT Nick Hayden.

Hayden will get a $310K salary if he makes the 53-man roster. A smallish try-hard prospect, Hayden projects as only a long-term situational reserve.
Tue, Mar 31, 2009 12:40:00 PM

Panthers activated DT Nick Hayden off the practice squad.

The sixth-round pick will provide depth with Maake Kemoeatu hurt for the Panthers.
Sat, Dec 20, 2008 07:15:00 PM

Panthers signed sixth-round DT Nick Hayden to an undisclosed contract.

Hayden is a plugger from Wisconsin who may need to bulk up to have a long career. He has a good chance to make Carolina's roster because they are thin at tackle.
Thu, Jul 10, 2008 04:25:00 PM

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