Green Bay Packers cornerback Casey Hayward is ready to play football again. Probably…
Hayward’s 2013 season was almost completely a wash because of a hamstring injury. It consisted of three games, eight tackles, no picks and one trip to injured reserve.
Hayward has been working out in Atlanta during the offseason, but hasn’t been pushing himself. It sounds like he’s scared of reinjuring himself. He does, however, say he’ll be ready when offseason activities begin.
“I think I’m ready for it now,” Hayward said. “I’m just here and I don’t have to push it and I probably won’t push it crazy then, but I’m in a good enough shape to finish everything and do everything. I feel like they want me ready for the season and not right now.”
So, in other words, Hayward will be showing up in Green Bay only to injure his hamstring again. And so will begin the hamstring epidemic of 2014.
Seriously though, if Hayward is healthy and can return to 2012 form, he gives the Packers a pretty strong cornerback group. Let’s assume the Packer move Micah Hyde to safety. Their top three corners are Sam Shields, Tramon Williams and Hayward.
I don’t know too many teams who wouldn’t take that as a top three.
i wouldnt go that far.
its essentially 2 cbs who are not at that primary corner level
shield and williams are ok… but theyre not that splash play making, top tier guys like theyre getting paid to be. hayward i have low expectations for this season. dude was hurt all of last year… idk why or how you people expect him to come back better than before he was hurt. that doesnt happen. dont be surprised if hyde is cb #3.
Maybe GB can move Darren Sharper to safety. He’s better from a jail cell than Jennings.
HAHAHA. I got a good laugh out of that one. That isnt horribly inaccurate.
if his hammy is fully recovered and does not present any problems I think Hayward will be a very good CB. If the hammy goes south, I believe Hayward’s career is in jeopardy.
Hammy pulls/tears are a bitch. They’re the gift that keeps on giving and kind of the athletic equivalent of herpes.
Anything that Hayward is able to contribute this season is all bonus.
Hayward looked like garbage in his limited play last year. I remember him running his gums out there like he was doing something, too. He wasn’t.
Totally unproven and a big question mark.