Chargers’ Casey Hayward is having one heck of a month. And it’s Hayward. Not Heyward, not Howard, but HAYWARD. Get it right people!
Actually, Casey Hayward is having one heck of a season. Following an excellent first season with the Chargers, the 28-year-old cornerback is currently Pro Football Focus’ No. 1 cornerback. His performances these past two weeks, however, were top notch.
The best performances we've seen from CBs this year pic.twitter.com/bWWxGBMnaN
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) November 29, 2017
And for the second time this season, a Chargers’ defender earned league-wide recognition. Chargers pass rusher Melvin Ingram won AFC defensive player of the month honors for the month of September. Now, Hayward is your AFC defensive player of the month for the month of November.
And he deserves it. Hayward has four interceptions on the year (tied for third-most in the NFL), including having three picks over his last two games. He also has 30 combined tackles and 16 pass deflections in 11 games played.
Hayward isn’t as popular as Jalen Ramsey, Xavier Rhodes, Marcus Peters and Patrick Peterson (Pro Bowl voting backs up my statement), but he’s absolutely a top three cornerback this season. He’s putting on a show while being targeted just as much. Not only that, but he’s thriving in a brand new scheme run by defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.
Hayward is in his second year of a three-year, $15.3 million contract. The Chargers need to extend him when the time comes and not pull a “Packers.”
On a side note, Hayward just lost his younger brother Jecaives, who was killed in a car crash Monday night. He went back to Georgia to be with his family and might not be available for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns. Prayers out to Hayward and his family during this sad time.