Chargers game balls in Monday Night Football loss

By Steven Haglund
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Chargers shut down corner

Hayward is the league’s most underrated star player. Danielle Hunter of the Vikings has a claim here too. If we really think about the cornerback landscape in the league right now, there aren’t many guys out there who are doing what Hayward is.

Take a moment and think about how many completions Patrick Mahomes had that went in his direction on Monday night. If you couldn’t recall many, that’s because there literally wasn’t a single one. Hayward allowed ZERO completions against the Kansas City Chiefs.

A lot of people will point to the fact that Tyreek Hill was not in the game very long but Sammy Watkins, Mecole Hardman, Demarcus Robinson and even Byron Pringle have all had huge games this season for the Chiefs.

Hayward erased all of them from the left side of the defense. He has played arguably the best season of his career so far this season, unfortunately not a lot of people outside of L.A. are talking about it. Check out what he has done over the last four games though:

This is Casey Hayward's last four games. Against the Bears, Packers, Raiders, and Chiefs, he's given up…one catch for six yards. Also worth noting he has not missed a tackle during those four games.

— Bolt Beat (@BB_Chargers) November 19, 2019

His one allowed reception was against his former teammate Tyrell Williams (we miss you Tyrell!). ONE RECEPTION IN FOUR GAMES! That is nearly impossible to do as a cornerback in today’s NFL.

Many people have been pointing to New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore as a potential Defensive Player of the Year winner, and while his team is obviously having the better season, Hayward is right there with him in every category as a shutdown corner.

He has been elite this season and could receive a game ball each and every week.