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Casey Hayward is the defensive rookie of the month

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There were 27 defensive players selected in April’s draft before the Packers made cornerback Casey Hayward the 62nd overall pick, but those in charge of selecting the league’s defensive rookie of the month decided that none of them had a better October.

Hayward recorded four interceptions in the first three games the Packers played during October, including two in the 42-24 victory over the Texans. He’s the first Packers rookie with four picks in a three-game span since Tom Flynn in 1984 and the four picks are the most by any rookie so far this season. Hayward didn’t have a pick in the Week Eight win over the Jaguars, but he did record eight tackles to help the Pack to their third straight victory.

Last year’s Packers team was undone in large part by the play of their pass defense. Selecting Hayward was part of the team’s approach to turning around that performance and the results have been fairly good up to this point. He’s the third Packer to win the award and the first since Nick Barnett in 2003.

Buccaneers safety Mark Barron, Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon and Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones, who won the award in September, were also nominated for the October honors.

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10 Responses to “Casey Hayward is the defensive rookie of the month”
  1. rasalghoul says: Nov 1, 2012 4:11 PM

    He looks good, might be a bit of a gambler though.

  2. thehatefulnerd says: Nov 1, 2012 4:14 PM

    Kid deserves it.

    He’s a good ‘un.

  3. packfaninthehook says: Nov 1, 2012 4:18 PM

    Dude’s a baller. Probably second best CB on the Pack.

  4. glac1 says: Nov 1, 2012 4:19 PM

    Looks like another good find by Green Bay. I hope he continues to develop..

  5. deltaoracle says: Nov 1, 2012 4:21 PM

    Still looks very much a rookie at times, but he sure seems to have nice instincts on the field. With Hayward and House, Thompson has made the Packers ready for the departure of Woodson. And Jarrett Bush can stay on special teams. That’s a relief!

  6. shaggytoodle says: Nov 1, 2012 4:29 PM

    He’s got talent, and from what I have heard him speak. He has a very level head, doesn’t get to high on himself and doesn’t get to low on himself.

    There are 2nd year players and some older vets that would benefit from that mentallity.

    TT is great at drafting WRs and finding DBs, and when injuries do amount, instead of dipping into the FA pool. They go with the players they drafted, because they fit the scheme.

  7. dukemarc says: Nov 1, 2012 4:34 PM

    Hayward and Davon House alongside Tramon Williams – I like it.

  8. shaggytoodle says: Nov 1, 2012 4:51 PM

    dukemarc says:Nov 1, 2012 4:34 PM

    Hayward and Davon House alongside Tramon Williams – I like it.

    I like the sound that, but it even more when Sam Shields is healthy and he is in there.

  9. stellarperformance says: Nov 1, 2012 8:22 PM

    These youngbloods are learning quickly and this defense gets better every week.

  10. axespray says: Nov 2, 2012 6:59 AM

    Tramon Williams, Davon House, Casey Hayward, Sam Shields…

    Then Jerron and Morgan….

    Liking this young group, just gotta grow together and get good.

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