In our continuing series, “Because you can’t wait for the Green Bay Packers,” we take a look in on one of the most intriguing and exciting players who hit the field for the franchise in 2012: Casey Hayward.
As one of those draft picks (second round) with which Ted Thompson surprises everyone, reporters and fans of the Packers were sent scrambling for information when his name was announced during the 2012 draft.
But his name quickly turned into the household variety not long after the start of the regular season. Injuries raised his placement on the depth chart and it wasn’t long before he was finding a lot of time on the field – and for good reason.Hayward ended up playing in every game last season and started seven of them. By season’s end his nose for the football had resulted in six interceptions, 21 passes defensed, and one forced fumble. In addition, he wasn’t afraid to make the hit – he had 35 tackles and 13 assists.
He played well enough to be considered for the Rookie Defensive Player of the Year, but lost out to Luke Kuechly.
It seems like whenever he was on the field, he made things happen. Not only was he continuously around the ball, but his instincts were evident. You never saw the guy get burned and when his coverage did allow for a reception, the receiver was either forced out of bounds or down on the ground in a blink of an eye.
With teammates like Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, Jarrett Bush, Micah Hyde, and Davon House, the Packers enter the 2013 season with a deep cornerback position. The competition is going to be intense, but if there’s one player who could come out looking like one of the top two, it’s Hayward.
Don’t expect a sophomore slump from this guy. Barring injury, expect him to take a huge step forward.
I don’t know about you, but I’m really excited about the possibilities for Casey Hayward in 2013.
Ok, so not a lot of Casey Hayward/Packers highlights out there, but here are some links from packers.com and nfl.com …
And here are some pre-Packers highlights … enjoy.