Casey Hayward has done it again.
For the second consecutive year, Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward was named second-team All-Pro by The Associated Press. Hayward was the only Charger to make the list.
Hayward has totaled 11 interceptions over the past two seasons, tied with Chiefs corner Marcus Peters for the most in that span. He also finished second in the NFL with 22 pass deflections this season. He was selected to the Pro Bowl for the second year in a row, too.
Hayward, who signed a three-year, $15.3 million deal in 2016, is without a doubt Tom Telesco’s best free-agent signing since taking over as general manager in 2013. Going into the final year of his deal, Hayward will likely be extended in the offseason, as he has earned top dollar.
Hayward was Pro Football Focus’ top-ranked cornerback this season and made their 2017 NFL All-Pro Team. He was a big part of the Chargers’ defense finishing third in pass defense. They only allowed 17 passing touchdowns all year, tied with the Jacksonville Jaguars for third-least in the league. Also, only one wide receiver topped 100 yards against them. ONE. And that was Raiders’ Amari Cooper in the season finale.
It begs the question: How did Hayward not make the AP All-Pro first team?
Nothing against corners Jalen Ramsey, Xavier Rhodes and Darius Slay (DB selection), who all had incredible seasons, but Hayward deserves to be part of the first team after shutting down opponents and making plays. According to PFF, he allowed just 42.7 percent of passes thrown his way to be caught, best in the league among starting cornerbacks.
Still, it’s awesome to see Hayward getting the recognition he deserves.