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Chargers: Who is shining bright and who is burning out?

CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Wide receiver Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs past cornerback Johnathan Joseph #24 of the Houston Texans and runs for a touchdown in the second quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Wide receiver Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs past cornerback Johnathan Joseph #24 of the Houston Texans and runs for a touchdown in the second quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 22: Cornerback Casey Hayward #26 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs onto the field in the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 22: Cornerback Casey Hayward #26 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs onto the field in the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

Chargers: Casey Hayward returns to elite form

After a down year in 2018, Casey Hayward appears ready to return to the elite status that he established in his 2017 Pro-Bowl campaign.

Through these first four weeks, Hayward has been allowing receptions on just over 50 percent of balls thrown his way, while also notching an interception of his own.

While change in effectiveness over the season is common for corners, there is plenty of reason to expect that Hayward’s performance is legit.

First, Hayward has proven that he is able to perform on this level. In both 2016 and 2017, Hayward was a standout corner. Just two years removed from 2017, there is no reason to think that Hayward lost the abilities that he had that year.

Furthermore, the performance that Hayward has had so far in 2019 has come against some great receivers. Hayward has played against T.Y. Hilton and Deandre Hopkins and has come away from those matchups with at least a draw if not a win against dominant receivers.

If Hayward can beat those two superb players, then he should not have significant problems with the majority of the other receivers he will face this season. It appears that a return to the pro bowl should be on the horizon for Hayward.

Verdict: Here to stay

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