Casey Hayward
Casey Hayward
29-Year-Old CornerbackCB
Los Angeles Chargers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Hayward earned his second consecutive Pro Bowl appearance as well as second-team All-Pro honors after a 2017 season in which he recorded 40 tackles and four interceptions. While both those numbers are down from his breakout 2016 campaign, that's in part because teams simply didn't want to throw Hayward's way. The lack of ball-hawking opportunities makes Hayward an unappealing IDP option, but he's nevertheless developed into one of the premiere defensive backs in the league. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $33.25 million contract with the Chargers in March of 2018.
Does not play Saturday
CBLos Angeles Chargers
August 27, 2018
Hayward (hamstring) didn't play in Saturday's preseason loss to the Saints, Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Hayward wasn't expected to play Saturday after injuring his hamstring earlier in the week, but the All-Pro cornerback will likely be ready for the official start of the 2018 campaign against the Chiefs in two weeks. Arguably one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, Hayward's reputation actually makes him an unreliable IDP candidate, as teams tend to avoid throwing in the 28-year-old's direction.
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Measurables Review
How do Casey Hayward's measurables compare to other cornerbacks?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
5' 11"
192 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.47 sec
Shuttle Time
3.90 sec
Cone Drill
6.76 sec
Vertical Jump
34.0 in
Broad Jump
119 in
Bench Press
19 reps
Past Fantasy Outlooks
Hayward exploded onto the scene last season after injuries to top corners Jason Verrett and Brandon Flowers forced the former Packers corner into the No. 1 role. Seven interceptions and 58 tackles later, Hayward earned his first Pro Bowl nod of his career and quickly announced his presence as one of the better cornerbacks in the league. That being said, it would be tough to expect a repeat performance from Hayward, given he had accumulated 10 takeaways combined in his four years with Green Bay.
Joining the Chargers during the offseason after a successful four-year stint with the Packers, Hayward will likely take over as the primary nickle cornerback with Jason Verrett and Brandon Flowers in the fold. Hayward, who has recorded 10 total takeaways in his career, should aid a defense that grabbed just 11 interceptions in 2015.
While Hayward's 2014 tackle numbers did not jump off the page, his ability to take the ball from the other team did. He forced five turnovers on the season, intercepting three passes and recovering two fumbles -- and took one of each back for six points. Hayward's snaps were limited with him playing primarily in nickle/dime situations, but he could see more time on the field if he moves outside and grabs the open starting cornerback spot opposite Sam Shields. Hayward is the favorite to come away with the job, but he’ll have to fend off first-round pick Damarious Randall and second-year corner Demetri Goodson to ensure the spot.
Persistent hamstring issues derailed Hayward's highly-anticipated second season last year, when he played just three games. Fortunately, Hayward was able to participate in the Packers' offseason activities, putting him in good standing to return as a regularly featured cornerback this season. As a rookie in 2012, Hayward totaled 53 tackles (40 solo) and six interceptions.
Hayward gives the Packers depth at CB behind starters Tramon Williams and Sam Shields.
A second round draft pick, Hayward will provide depth at cornerback and could see some playing time if injuries occur or the Packers decide to shift Charles Woodson to safety.
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May have injured hamstring
CBLos Angeles Chargers
August 21, 2018
Hayward left Tuesday's practice with an apparent hamstring injury, Eric D. Williams of reports.
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Back in action
CBLos Angeles Chargers
August 20, 2018
Hayward (hip) recorded two tackles and one pass deflection in Friday's preseason game against the Seahawks.
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Sidelined by hip issue
CBLos Angeles Chargers
June 13, 2018
Hayward remained sidelined for the second day of mandatory minicamp Wednesday due to a hip injury, Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Does not practice Monday
CBLos Angeles Chargers
June 5, 2018
Hayward did not participate during OTAs on Monday due to an undisclosed injury, reports Eric D. Williams of
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Agrees to three-year extension with Chargers
CBLos Angeles Chargers
March 11, 2018
Hayward has signed a three-year extension with the Chargers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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