November 22, 2014

Packers expect Hayward to have another big year

Last season, Green Bay Packers rookie Casey Hayward led the team’s defense with six

Casey Hayward

Casey Hayward

interceptions and twenty-one pass breakups.  Those are Charles Woodson type numbers.

Can Hayward do it again?  Packers’ coach Mike McCarthy said this week that he is expecting even more from Hayward.

AUDIO: Mike McCarthy is expecting even more from Casey Hayward :10

Of the 21 pass breakups, 14 came in the last eight games.

While some teams dismissed Hayward after a 40-yard dash time of 4.57 seconds, the Packers saw more in him.  His ability to read and react makes him much faster than his 40-time.

Mike McCarthy said the NFL has come easy to Hayward.

AUDIO: Mike McCarthy on Hayward’s quick learning curve in the NFL :18

With Sam Shields not practicing during OTA workouts because he’s seeking a long-term contract with the Packers, Hayward has been working with the 1’s on defense, opposite Tramon Williams.

Who know’s how long Shields will sit out while trying for a new deal.  But based on Mike McCarthy’s thoughts during his OTA press conference this week, he’s very confident in Hayward’s ability to do the job.