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Casey Hayward | Defensive Back | #26

Team: Los Angeles Chargers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/9/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 192
College: Vanderbilt
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 2 (62) / GB
Contract: view contract details

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Chargers CB Casey Hayward (calf) is questionable for Week 15 against the Chiefs.
Hayward was absent from Thursday's practice but coach Anthony Lynn expects he'll be ready to go Saturday night in KC. He'll see plenty of Tyreek Hill if he plays. Dec 14 - 3:39 PM

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms Chargers CB Casey Hayward (questionable, calf, personal) will play Week 13 against the Browns.

Hayward went home to Georgia to be with his family following the death of his brother, who passed away in a tragic car accident earlier this week. He's back and is expected to shadow Josh Gordon on Sunday. It will be a tough matchup for Gordon, who is playing his first NFL game in almost three years.
Dec 3 - 8:09 AM

Chargers CB Casey Hayward (calf, personal) is questionable for Week 13 against the Browns.

Hayward has been away from the team following the death of his brother, who passed away in a car accident earlier this week. It's a devastating loss for Hayward and his family, but the star cornerback still expects to play against Cleveland. We imagine he'll see a lot of Josh Gordon on Sunday.
Dec 1 - 3:39 PM

Chargers CB Casey Hayward (calf, personal) didn't practice on Wednesday.

We're not worried yet as Hayward played all 55 snaps in last week's win at Dallas. He's taking a personal day to deal with a family situation. Hayward holds PFF's top grade out of 119 qualifiers at cornerback this season.
Nov 29 - 6:33 PM

Chargers LCB Casey Hayward finished second to only Patrick Peterson in coverage snaps chasing opposing No. 1 receivers.

Per PFF's Mike Renner, Peterson led the NFL with 259 snaps chasing enemy No. 1s while Hayward ranked second at 241. Chicago's Tracy Porter (230) and Jaguars rookie Jalen Ramsey (227) rounded out the top four. Hayward emerged as a legit shutdown force in 2016 and is the rare boundary corner capable of chasing top receivers into the slot. If Jason Verrett (ACL) can get healthy, the Chargers should field the NFL's best cornerback tandem in 2017.
Jan 29 - 1:12 PM

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.
Sun, Jul 24, 2016 12:12:00 PM

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.
Sun, Mar 13, 2016 03:53:00 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.
Sun, Mar 13, 2016 01:24:00 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.
Tue, Feb 16, 2016 01:54:00 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.
Wed, Feb 10, 2016 09:41:00 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.
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.
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.
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.
Mon, Mar 23, 2015 11:16:00 AM

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