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Casey Hayward | Defensive Back | #26

Team: San Diego Chargers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/9/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 192
College: Vanderbilt
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 2 (62) / GB
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The Chargers could start CB Casey Hayward opposite Jason Verrett.
Brandon Flowers is the incumbent, but he is coming off a career-worst 2015. Hayward has never been a full-time corner, playing 65 percent of his snaps in the slot with the Packers. His three-year, $15.3M deal suggests he’s the favorite to start. Jul 24 - 12:12 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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Chargers agreed to terms with CB Casey Hayward on a three-year, $15.3 million contract with $6.8 million guaranteed.

Easily the top cornerback left on the free agent market, Hayward should get an opportunity to be a full-time player in San Diego after focusing on slot corner in Green Bay. Turning 27 in September, Hayward earned PFF's No. 21 coverage grade among 118 qualified cornerbacks last season and logged a career-high 65 tackles with seven pass breakups. He'll likely play left corner opposite Jason Verrett in base packages, and man the slot in San Diego's "sub" defense.
Mar 13 - 3:53 PM

Free agent CB Casey Hayward changed agents just before the beginning of free agency.

This may explain Hayward's seemingly cold market. Although Hayward is one of the top free agent cornerbacks available, he hasn't so much as warranted a Rotoworld blurb since the middle of February. Perhaps GM Ted Thompson will circle back and attempt to retain his sturdy slot corner at a reasonable price.
Mar 13 - 1:24 PM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel expects the Packers to let CB Casey Hayward walk in free agency.

Hayward, a 2012 second-rounder, was probably the Packers' best cover corner in 2015, but the team has Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins and Sam Shields to build around. Going on 27, Hayward has said he expects to hit the open market. He shouldn't struggle for suitors with the way cornerbacks have gotten paid the past few seasons. Hayward can play both in the slot and outside.
Feb 16 - 1:54 PM

Free agent CB Casey Hayward said he'll "probably" test the open market.

The 2012 second-rounder started 13-of-18 games this past season for the Packers and graded out as the team's No. 1 cover corner at Pro Football Focus. Hayward played mostly in the slot in 2015 and could be looking for a full-time gig as an outside corner. After GM Ted Thompson drafted Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins in the first and second rounds last year, the Packers are in okay shape with those two and Sam Shields should Hayward move on.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 10 - 9:41 AM

Packers CBs coach Joe Whitt said Casey Hayward is the starting corner opposite Sam Shields.

"He's my starter," Whitt said. "So I'm fine with him." Hayward has had a quiet summer, while rookies Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins, and LaDarius Gunter have all stood out and made plays. After strictly covering the slot the previous two seasons, Hayward will get a chance to play outside in the base defense.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Sep 2, 2015 09:47:00 AM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel believes CB Casey Hayward could lose his starting job.

Bob McGinn cites Hayward's poor tackling and lack of big plays as reasons to sit the fourth-year corner. McGinn believes all three rookies -- Quinten Rollins, Damarious Randall and LaDarius Gunter -- have been more impressive in training camp. A second-round pick in 2012, Heyward is entering the final year of his rookie deal.
Mon, Aug 31, 2015 01:25:00 PM

The Packers are giving CB Casey Hayward the first chance at the starting job opposite CB Sam Shields.

With Tramon Williams and Davon House gone, Hayward is the next man up after starting just two games the previous two seasons as the slot corner. One of the top corners in the league on the inside, Hayward now gets a chance to play outside. First-round CB Damarious Randall is the favorite to handle nickel duties.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 08:58:00 AM

ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky expects CB Casey Hayward to play out the final year of his rookie deal.

Hayward is expected to take over a starting role following the loss of Tramon Williams. He's been one of the best slot corners in the league the last three seasons, putting him in line for a lucrative deal. Hayward was a top-15 corner in both coverage and run support in PFF's 2014 ratings.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Apr 4, 2015 05:52:00 PM

ESPN's Rob Demovsky says Casey Hayward is "on the verge of becoming a full-time player."

A nickel back during his first three seasons, Hayward is expected to open the 2015 campaign as one of Green Bay's starting cornerbacks following the loss of Tramon Williams. Hayward saw 435 snaps in 2014, grading out as the league's 12th-best cover corner in Pro Football Focus' rankings. He missed an alarming number of tackles last season (seven) but that's likely to improve with more reps.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Mar 23, 2015 11:16:00 AM

Packers CB Casey Hayward (hamstring) is participating in OTAs.

He will be all systems go for the regular season. Hayward was arguably the NFL's top rookie corner in 2012, before an injury-ruined sophomore campaign. He'll man the slot between Sam Shields and Tramon Williams this year.
Thu, May 29, 2014 09:03:00 PM

CB Casey Hayward (hamstring) expects to be ready for the beginning of the Packers' offseason program later this month.

Big things were expected of Hayward last season as he came off a spectacular rookie year, but his hamstring wouldn't cooperate. He appeared in just three games due to multiple aggravations and eventually landed on injured reserve in November. Getting Hayward back at 100 percent and adding Julius Peppers should lead to a bump in defensive effectiveness.
Wed, Apr 9, 2014 09:48:00 AM

Packers CB Casey Hayward resumed running two weeks ago following his "slight" 2013 hamstring tear.

After an ROY-caliber rookie year in 2012, Hayward was essentially a non-factor as a sophomore, appearing in just three games with one start. His healthy return should provide a big boost to Green Bay's pass defense at slot corner. Look for Sam Shields and Tramon Williams to continue to man the perimeter.
Fri, Mar 14, 2014 11:46:00 AM

Packers placed CB Casey Hayward on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, ending his season.

Hayward suffered a setback in Week 10 and was a long shot to return this season. The Packers will move forward with Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, Davon House and Micah Hyde as their top four corners. DE Jerel Worthy (knee) and S Sean Richardson (neck) have been activated from the PUP list in corresponding moves.
Sat, Nov 23, 2013 04:46:00 PM

Speaking Thursday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy revealed CB Casey Hayward's hamstring injury will sideline him "multiple weeks."

It's yet another setback for Hayward with the hamstring injury that's been plaguing him all season. He's been limited to 88 snaps across only three games. Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, Davon House and Micah Hyde are the Packers' top four cornerbacks in Hayward's absence.
Thu, Nov 14, 2013 02:58:00 PM

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