Casey Hayward: Who cares what the outside thinks of our roster?

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The Falcons’ trade of Matt Ryan left them with a lot of dead money on the salary cap for the 2022 season and that decision signaled that the focus for the franchise in the near future is going to be on rebuilding the roster for brighter days down the road.

That’s not necessarily an appealing situation for veteran free agents to join, but cornerback Casey Hayward agreed to a deal with the team before that deal was made and he said on Thursday that he hasn’t shifted his mindset to one of a rebuilding team. Hayward was asked about being in a situation without a great chance to win and took issue with the premise of the question by saying that you “never know how these things pan out.”

“We’re grown men, we’re going out there to try to win each and every game no matter how people view the roster or not,” Hayward said. “For me, I just go out there and compete no matter if people think we can win or can’t win. Our goal is to go out there and try to win every game. Not saying that we will, but that’s the goal so who cares what the outside thinks about the roster and things like that. Maybe we don’t win games and maybe we do, but our goal is to win them.”

Hayward’s mindset is the one you’d expect a player to carry with him into a season and that approach should make the Falcons tougher to face come the fall, but the makeup of the team still signals rough sailing is ahead in Atlanta.

11 responses to “Casey Hayward: Who cares what the outside thinks of our roster?

  1. At the end of the day, wins vs losses will dictate what “outsiders” should think of the roster, and I have a feeling, they will be right. However, gotta love the attitude.

  2. I still don’t understand how Atlanta gets only 1 third rounder for Ryan while Texas gets 3 firsts, 1 third and 2 fourths for Watson. That’s the part that blows my mind. And Ryan’s not facing suspension!

  3. loshorribles : the reason Watson was worth a lot more is the fact Ryan is very old and nothing
    special anymore he’s more of a name at this point .

  4. I still don’t understand how Atlanta gets only 1 third rounder for Ryan while Texas gets 3 firsts, 1 third and 2 fourths for Watson. That’s the part that blows my mind. And Ryan’s not facing suspension!
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    Watson is a better QB than Ryan right now. Watson will be a far better QB than Ryan next year and the gap is only gonna grow as the years go by. I wouldn’t take Watson because I have a soul, but that’s the reason.

  5. Should have went back to the Raiders. Have fun being on a bottom feeder team all year. Lol

  6. loshorribles says:
    April 1, 2022 at 10:53 am
    I still don’t understand how Atlanta gets only 1 third rounder for Ryan while Texas gets 3 firsts, 1 third and 2 fourths for Watson. That’s the part that blows my mind. And Ryan’s not facing suspension!
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    You really can’t understand why Ryan’s not worth much in comparison to Watson? Watson is a top 7 QB, Ryan is a top 15 QB at best. Watson is 25-26, Ryan is 37 and nearing the end. Teams can build a future around Watson, you cannot build a roster around a QB who will be retired within 2-3 years.

  7. @loshorribles: it’s all about age and potential. I think Cleveland WAYYYYY overpaid (both draft capital and $$$) but I don’t think Ryan was a particular steal. He’s got maybe a couple years of declining play left in him, while Watson (if he isn’t suspended) has probably a decade and is still an ascending player (or was, last time he saw on-field action).

  8. I would want Hayward on my team. That’s a winning attitude. I wish Kirk Cousins had a little more fight in him like Casey. Falcons will rebound faster than Seahawks or Lions in my opinion.

  9. How can you not understand how Watson was way more expensive than Matt Ryan??!

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