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Casey Hayward missing “very important reps” with hamstring injury

Casey Hayward, Devin Hester AP

As a rookie, Packers cornerback Casey Hayward showed that he could handle the responsibilities of covering receivers from the slot. 

He had six interceptions and 21 pass break-ups in 2012, which made him an essential part of the Green Bay defense and seemed to give him a shot at winning an even bigger role in 2012. A hamstring injury suffered early in camp has gotten in the way of that, however, and he doesn’t appear to be close to returning to action. Coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday that he’d have an idea about Hayward’s timeline next week while also saying that Hayward’s missing a lot while on the sideline. 

“Casey is a very instinctive player, really smart player, obviously played very well as a rookie,” McCarthy said, via Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “But there’s a big-time battle going on in the secondary, particularly at the corner position, so I think that’s probably his biggest concern. The reps that he’s missing, these are very important reps, not only for just him individually but the ability to play in-sync with the guy next to you, play both inside and outside, because he definitely has a dual-role in our defense.”

Hayward’s not the only one who should have concerns. With Tramon Williams also out because of a knee injury, the Packers have been stretched a little thinner than they’d like at corner this summer and the first preseason game wasn’t a strong showing for the group. No matter how far behind Hayward might be, getting him on the field will qualify as a positive for the Pack. 

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34 Responses to “Casey Hayward missing “very important reps” with hamstring injury”
  1. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 14, 2013 10:33 AM

    Those hammies don’t linger, do they?

  2. johnnyb216 says: Aug 14, 2013 10:40 AM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    Aug 14, 2013 10:33 AM

    Those hammies don’t linger, do they?

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    Why don’t you ask Desmond Bishop?

  3. aldante66 says: Aug 14, 2013 10:41 AM

    Key word is might. I saw a Hayward sometimes out of position making plays he should’t have. Tramon Williams is done. How can he play with a damaged nerve. It won’t take the league long to learn he ain’t mobile anymore so he is the go to guy when you need a big play.

  4. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 14, 2013 10:42 AM

    Hayward’s rookie 6 INT season only added to Ted’s legendary status as one of the great GM’s in the business.

  5. atthemurph says: Aug 14, 2013 11:25 AM

    Got to love the viking trolls – winners of every off season championship in history.

  6. eclipsingbinary says: Aug 14, 2013 11:27 AM

    The Packers are as thin as the women in Wisconsin. No wait…

  7. sandblastermoron says: Aug 14, 2013 11:29 AM

    Can these bums ever stay healthy!!!!!!

    This is why he will be out of the league shortly……
    Thanks to my GM, we don’t draft bums like this!!!!!

  8. daamgud says: Aug 14, 2013 11:31 AM

    Vikings fan here. There’s no denying the Packers have suffered a LOT of injuries in the past few years. For a lot of teams, they’re crippled — but the Packers do a better job than most of actually implementing the whole “next man up” thing.

    Packers fans, no snark, do you think this is solely because of Ted Thompson, a superior scouting department, or…? I know a lot of Pack fans deify Ted, and perhaps it’s deserved. But it’s not like the Packers never had depth until Ted arrived… curious as to what you think.

  9. riverace19 says: Aug 14, 2013 11:32 AM

    I have a sinking feeling that the Packers are in for a long year and their problems which Rodgers has often covered up are going to be exposed big time.

  10. ruvelligwebuike says: Aug 14, 2013 11:56 AM

    @dammgud

    I think the big reason for that is that TT and MM run a philosophy there they almost never draft for need. They basically draft the best talent they can, regardless of position. Examples would be Nelson and Cobb. They didn’t need a wideout at all at the time, but they are very good football players that they were able to develop so that when the time to lock up Jennings and/or injuries happened, they don’t have to spend big money on free agents. They already have talent waiting in the wings. Pretty similar to how Bud Grant used to do it in the 70′s for the Vikes.

    They also tend to stockpile picks so they can load up competition in camps, and don’t necessarily guarantee high picks will play. You never see TT trade a whole draft to grab one or two guys. They also emphasize character more than most teams, and coachability. Watch a TT press conference and he ALWAYS says, “Good family, smart, articulate kid. Very coachable.” (That’s all paraphrased of course).

    They also pay their coaching staff a lot of money to retain them. Basically, they would rather draft a 6th rounder that may not have elite measurables but is a great ball player at the college level and MAKE him a good pro after a few years of coaching. As opposed to saying, “We have no corners…let’s draft one to start right away, then our problem is solved.” It just doesn’t work that way to guarantee long term success.

  11. ruvelligwebuike says: Aug 14, 2013 12:04 PM

    Also, yes, they do have a superior scouting department. That’s why McKenzie, Schneider and Dorsey are all execs elsewhere now. Eliot Wolf and Alonzo Highsmith will get GM jobs eventually too. Andrew Brandt wrote in an article once that Thompson and that crew work 100 hours a week and their network is enormous. I think his quote was, “There isn’t a rock in the United States that Thompson hasn’t looked under to see if there was a guy who could help the Packers under there.”

  12. Norseman says: Aug 14, 2013 12:09 PM

    The thing about Hayward is that he likes to jump routes- and that led to interceptions- but teams got savvy to that and burned him later on…

  13. daamgud says: Aug 14, 2013 12:10 PM

    @ruvelligwebuike, thank you for both comments, they make a lot of sense.

  14. longhairdontcare66 says: Aug 14, 2013 12:24 PM

    riverace19 says:
    Aug 14, 2013 11:32 AM

    I have a sinking feeling that the Packers are in for a long year and their problems which Rodgers has often covered up are going to be exposed big time.
    _________________

    As a Packers fan I feel exactly the same way. We think we’re too good- we’re soft- and I am far from convinced our defense is any better.

  15. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 14, 2013 12:25 PM

    ruvelligwebuike says:
    Aug 14, 2013 11:56 AM

    I think the big reason for that is that TT and MM run a philosophy there they almost never draft for need. They basically draft the best talent they can, regardless of position.

    *********************************************

    I think that’s only half of the secret sauce.

    Why do you think they hired McCarthy? He was a completely unknown offensive coordinator on one of the worst teams in the league. After Sherman got fired, no team had McCarthy on their short list as a head coach candidate.

    Why?

    Because McCarthy and his staff have a knack for developing players, with the QB position being his specialty. Rodgers looked like crap when he first landed in Green Bay. McCarthy and Clements even managed to get 7th rounder Matt Flynn a big free agent contract.

    Relying on luck with your first rounders isn’t nearly as important when you’re able to coach up the late rounders better than other staffs around the league.

    That’s why the Packers contend every year, despite the injuries.

    And that’s why MN can’t “find” a QB in the draft.

  16. bigpoppa5501 says: Aug 14, 2013 12:33 PM

    Texans fan here, I do think the Packers D is still going to struggle, Hayward would help. I see him as a kid that has the tools to be a really good player in this league. As far as injuries go…i can relate it is part of the game, I do think Ted Thompson has done a real nice job with depth particularly in the late rounds of the draft.

    I grew up watching the NFC North and don’t hate any of the teams…I do think that GB is still the class of that division even with all the injuries.

  17. theytukrjobs says: Aug 14, 2013 12:34 PM

    The reason the packers have had success is that they’ve had back to back hall of fame QB’s that have avoided injury completely.

    You can sit and say Ted this and Ted that. But if Rodgers would have turned out to be an average or mediocre QB, this team would suck. Their defense is average at best most seasons and has been epic bad in the playoffs more than once in recent memory. No run game. WR’s are good.

    Thompson didn’t pick Favre. He was lucky with Rodgers. He’s been okay other than that. But don’t kid yourselves into thinking the Packers have as talented of a roster up and down, inside out, as a team like the 49ers or hell even the Vikings.

    Just look at what the Cards and 49ers did to their defenses in recent memory in the playoffs. That isn’t the sign of some super deep and stout team.

    Belichec gets too much cred for the same reasons imo. And look at the Bronco’s, Peyton shows up and they win a bunch of games by big margins just like all the teams Peyton plays on always do.

  18. GenXJay says: Aug 14, 2013 12:42 PM

    the cheesehead injury list has become longer than the 53-man roster.

  19. ruvelligwebuike says: Aug 14, 2013 12:48 PM

    “You can sit and say Ted this and Ted that. But if Rodgers would have turned out to be an average or mediocre QB, this team would suck. Their defense is average at best most seasons and has been epic bad in the playoffs more than once in recent memory. No run game. WR’s are good.

    Thompson didn’t pick Favre. He was lucky with Rodgers. He’s been okay other than that. But don’t kid yourselves into thinking the Packers have as talented of a roster up and down, inside out, as a team like the 49ers or hell even the Vikings.”
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    Ted did not “luck” into Rodgers. Rodgers struggled early on. He is what he is because he’s smart and coachable, which is something they put a high value on. Then, he spent years learning from and working with Mike McCarthy, Joe Philbin and especially Tom Clements, who have a history of developing quarterbacks. Dude, look at MM. The guy was a quarterback coach who developed Rich Gannon into an MVP and Aaron Freaking Brooks into a Pro Bowler.

    Just drafting a guy means nothing. 99% of the guys in the league have the physical tools to be good. It’s the front office and the coaching staff’s job to put them in the position to be successful.

  20. ruvelligwebuike says: Aug 14, 2013 12:50 PM

    And the Vikings and Niners? They are not in any better shape, depth wise. The Vikings are an AP injury away from 6-10.

  21. gophersnot says: Aug 14, 2013 12:51 PM

    Even if Hayward is deemed to be the “best” defensive player in GB, isn’t that tantmount to be the best hockey player in Ecuador?

  22. gophersnot says: Aug 14, 2013 12:52 PM

    tantamount.

  23. fredsingleton says: Aug 14, 2013 1:08 PM

    ruvelligwebuike says:
    Aug 14, 2013 12:50 PM
    And the Vikings and Niners? They are not in any better shape, depth wise. The Vikings are an AP injury away from 6-10.

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    Funny you say that, because the Packers are a Rodgers injury away from 3-13…at best. Graham Harrell is by far the worst backup in the league.

    Better hope Rodgers stays healthy every year because he bails out their soft defense every time.

  24. ruvelligwebuike says: Aug 14, 2013 1:14 PM

    I think you Viking fans are in for a big surprise this year. Then again, you are the offseason champions every year and failed 51 years in a row, so what’s really surprising at this point?

  25. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 14, 2013 1:43 PM

    theytukrjobs says:
    Aug 14, 2013 12:34 PM

    Thompson didn’t pick Favre. He was lucky with Rodgers.

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    This is what losers will say to internally rationalize failure.

  26. daamgud says: Aug 14, 2013 1:54 PM

    “I think you Viking fans are in for a big surprise this year. Then again, you are the offseason champions every year and failed 51 years in a row, so what’s really surprising at this point?”

    Some of us are, for sure. Personally, I think the Vikings’ schedule looks pretty tough. While I obviously wish my team the best, I would be correctly laughed out of the room if I claimed the Vikings are any kind of shoe-in for the playoffs simply based on last season. AP won’t run for 2k every year.

    Side note, I know it really doesn’t matter in the grand scheme, but not all Viking (or Packer) fans are idiotic homers! Some of us really do want to engage in discussion with hardcore fans of other teams without name-calling or inventing clever nicknames for the other team. Trash talk is inevitable but it’s not the default for all of us.

  27. ruvelligwebuike says: Aug 14, 2013 2:25 PM

    “Some of us are, for sure. Personally, I think the Vikings’ schedule looks pretty tough. While I obviously wish my team the best, I would be correctly laughed out of the room if I claimed the Vikings are any kind of shoe-in for the playoffs simply based on last season. AP won’t run for 2k every year.

    Side note, I know it really doesn’t matter in the grand scheme, but not all Viking (or Packer) fans are idiotic homers! Some of us really do want to engage in discussion with hardcore fans of other teams without name-calling or inventing clever nicknames for the other team. Trash talk is inevitable but it’s not the default for all of us.”
    ———————–

    No one is a shoe-in in the NFC, really. Look at it from top to bottom. I would say the Eagles, Cardinals and Bears look like the only squads that couldn’t win 10 games and you probably make a case for them as well.

    I’m sticking with my original predictions. 11-5 Packers, 10-6 Vikings, both make the playoffs. Packers win the Super Bowl, because that is my default answer.

  28. rtp295 says: Aug 14, 2013 2:29 PM

    Hope Hayward gets heathly soon, kid as a ton of potential. That being said we still have Shields, who proved to be our best corner late last year.

  29. deltaoracle says: Aug 14, 2013 3:37 PM

    The way that AZ was “Takin’ it to the House” I certainly hope Hayward is back by next week. Pack needs him back. They need Williams too. He’s not a tackler, but he’s certainly a better pass defender than House appears to be. I’ll be hiding behind the recliner if we have House and Bush on the field a lot when the season begins.

  30. axespray says: Aug 14, 2013 3:39 PM

    daamgud says:
    Aug 14, 2013 11:31 AM
    “Packers fans, no snark, do you think this is solely because of Ted Thompson, a superior scouting department, or…? I know a lot of Pack fans deify Ted, and perhaps it’s deserved. But it’s not like the Packers never had depth until Ted arrived… curious as to what you think.”
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    We like Ted cause he actually acquires depth for us, so we can survive a rash of injuries, unlike Mike Sherman who… slept at combines.

    There was no “next man up” – if a starter went down, bam! Ahmad Carroll was our starting corner – going against Randy Moss in his prime, nowadays we can feel comfortable letting a guy like Al Harris/Charles Woodson go, cause we’ve got young guys stepping up – undrafted/mid rounders who do a good job.

  31. bradshawlives says: Aug 14, 2013 3:56 PM

    The Packers are as thin as their fans skin.

  32. stellarperformance says: Aug 14, 2013 4:46 PM

    Insults are always used in place of ammunition. These haters have nothing….absolutely nothing on us. They know and we know it. And we always laugh last…the best.

  33. icornholedmcnastysmom says: Aug 14, 2013 9:24 PM

    The Packers will get rolled twice this season by the Vikings.

  34. ksranum says: Aug 15, 2013 12:12 PM

    daamgud says:
    Aug 14, 2013 11:31 AM
    Vikings fan here. There’s no denying the Packers have suffered a LOT of injuries in the past few years. For a lot of teams, they’re crippled — but the Packers do a better job than most of actually implementing the whole “next man up” thing.

    Packers fans, no snark, do you think this is solely because of Ted Thompson, a superior scouting department, or…? I know a lot of Pack fans deify Ted, and perhaps it’s deserved. But it’s not like the Packers never had depth until Ted arrived… curious as to what you think.
    ————————————————–
    I actually think that the beginning of TT’s term he implemented this strategy to the point it was nearly his demise. He’s been good as of late and it worked to his benefit as they won a Super Bowl with a dozen or so guys on IR. He’s a good scout and he’s able to find serviceable guys late in drafts and free agency. However, outside of Rodgers, Matthews and Raji he has not found top-tier talent in the first round. He’s gotten James Jones and Nelson and well Jennings for that matter high in the draft as they were second and thirds but Bulaga, Sherrod, Neal, Perry and Worthy were all high picks that aren’t bonafide studs youre looking for within the top 50 picks in a draft.

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