LA Chargers: CB Casey Hayward receives praise from PFF
Despite the fact that the LA Chargers are 0-4, cornerback Casey Hayward recently received praise from ProFootballFocus.com (PFF) by being named to their NFL 2017 First Quarter All-Pro Team. Hayward is the only Chargers player selected to their squad, but edge rusher Melvin Ingram was listed as an honorable mention.
The crew at PFF grades out each individual player and then comes up with their all-pro selections based off of each player’s performance through the first four games of the 2017 campaign.
Below is what PFF staff member Sam Monson had to say about Casey Hayward:
Flex D – Casey Hayward, Los Angeles Chargers
PFF Grade: 89.5
Elite Stat: Not afraid to mix it up, Hayward ranks eighth among cornerbacks with his 3.3 run stop percentage.
Casey Hayward has developed into one of the game’s best cornerbacks. Once seen as a slot corner only, Hayward got an opportunity to play outside, and then become the team’s No. 1 corner because of injury, and he hasn’t looked back. This year, he doesn’t have the interception total of a season ago, but he has broken up five passes and made seven defensive stops.
Monson nails it when talking about the former Green Bay Packers defensive back, as he has been thrust into the No. 1 cornerback spot several times due to injuries suffered by cornerback Jason Verrett.
As has been the M.O. of Verrett’s career, the young TCU Horned Frog product was placed on season-ending injured reserve after undergoing surgery on his knee. The injuries and ailments are piling up on this once up-and-coming defensive back.
Casey Hayward made an immediate impact after being signed by general manager Tom Telesco during the free-agency period prior to the regular season in ’16.
After leading the entire NFL in interceptions (seven) in 2016 during his second year with the Bolts, the 28-year-old looks to build on his 2016 numbers. Taking part in his sixth NFL season, Casey Hayward has tallied 239 total tackles, 61 pass defenses, 16 interceptions — two INTs were taken to the house for touchdowns — and one forced fumble.