Hayward was expected to play a significant role in the Green Bay Packers’ nickel and dime defensive schemes. There was talk during training camp that he could vie for a starting position at CB.
Rookie Micah Hyde is expected to fill in for now. It is a good thing that cornerback is an area of depth for the Packers since the injury bug is biting again. In the coming weeks, The Packers will face Colin Kapernick, Robert Griffin III, Andy Dalton and Matthew Stafford. All of these teams have above average offensive attacks. The depth that Green Bay has at cornerback should serve them well.
It helps that they are not facing the cream of the NFL quarterback crop during the period of time that Hayward and possibly safety Morgan Burnett could be sidelined. In looking at the Packers 2013 schedule, not counting the first three games, they do not face a legitimate quarterback passing threat until Week 11 against Eli Manning and the New York Giants. The next quarterback they face with a passing pedigree would be Matt Ryan when Green Bay takes on Atlanta at Lambeau Field.
That could be the difference-maker as to whether the Packers enter the bye week above or below the .500 mark.