It appears inevitable at this point. The Green Bay Packers starting rookie cornerback Damarious Randall and moving Casey Hayward back to the slot.
Randall has passed every test, while Hayward just turned in his worst game as a professional.
Hayward gave up 135 yards against the Broncos, according to Pro Football Focus. He didn’t pass the eye test either. We gave him one of two F grades on the day.
Cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt was posed the obvious question this week. Why not start Randall?
“I want to make a decision and go with it and give the guys that I think will play the opportunity to practice,” Whitt said. “If it’s the wrong one, it’s the wrong one, but I’m going to make the decision to go with it.”
That seems to suggest Whitt will make a decision when all of his cornerback are healthy. Currently, both Sam Shields and Quinten Rollins are injured and neither has practiced this week.
However the hell you want to try and decipher that, one thing is clear.
He didn’t say, “Hayward is my guy.”
Nor should he be. Not after what we saw from him last week and what we’ve seen of Randall. Hayward has had his most success as a slot cornerback anyway.
Moving Hayward to the slot also limits the time Micah Hyde is on the field. And I think we can all agree — that’s not a bad thing either.
When Shields is ready, he should be No. 1. Randall should be No. 2 and Hayward should be the slot corner. The move makes the Packers defense stronger overall.