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Casey Hayward Wants Top Cornerback Spot

The departures of Tramon Williams and Devon House at cornerback has opened up a void in the secondary, which Casey Hayward hopes to fill as the top cornerback.

"I know what type of player I am, they know what type of player I am," Hayward said. "I’m ready to embrace this role, whatever role they have me."

Hayward is currently nursing a minor foot injury, and said he expects to be back at full speed during Packers training camp in late July. Even though he only participated in around 40 percent of the Green and Gold’s defensive snaps last season, Hayward is confident in his role being the outside cornerback.

"You play more when you’re outside, hopefully they’ll still play me inside on some of the dime packages," Hayward said. "You’re always on the field when you’re playing outside, so I think I give the team an advantage when I’m on the field."

For Hayward to take an expanded role on the field, he’ll have to seize the other corner spot opposite sixth-year veteran Sam Shields.

"It’s going to be a nice competition between all of us you know, from me, Sam [Shields], [Demetri] Goodson, [Quinten] Rollins, [Damarious] Randall, I think it’s going to be a nice competition," Hayward said. "I think we’re going to be able to push eachother."

Hayward and Shields bring the experience, so for rookies Quinten Rollins and Damarious Randall, it’s all about learning as much as they can in the next couple weeks.

"Just getting reps for me at least and seeing the guys in front of me, seeing splits, being able to know when they press me inside," Rollins said. "It’s the little things that will make you successful."

"Casey’s just kind of being out there being a coach and just helping us with the little mental things," Randall said. "We’re just learning from him."

"Getting some of these young guys okay to where they understand the system, and figuring out what they’re going to be able to do efficiently…that’s why these off-season workouts are so important to us," defensive coordinator Dom Capers added.

It’s a contract year for Hayward, so he knows what’s at stake this season, and expects this cornerback battle to go deep into training camp.

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The departures of Tramon Williams and Devon House at cornerback has opened up a void in the secondary, which Casey Hayward hopes to fill as the top cornerback.

"I know what type of player I am, they know what type of player I am," Hayward said. "I’m ready to embrace this role, whatever role they have me."

Hayward is currently nursing a minor foot injury, and said he expects to be back at full speed during Packers training camp in late July. Even though he only participated in around 40 percent of the Green and Gold’s defensive snaps last season, Hayward is confident in his role being the outside cornerback.

"You play more when you’re outside, hopefully they’ll still play me inside on some of the dime packages," Hayward said. "You’re always on the field when you’re playing outside, so I think I give the team an advantage when I’m on the field."

For Hayward to take an expanded role on the field, he’ll have to seize the other corner spot opposite sixth-year veteran Sam Shields.

"It’s going to be a nice competition between all of us you know, from me, Sam [Shields], [Demetri] Goodson, [Quinten] Rollins, [Damarious] Randall, I think it’s going to be a nice competition," Hayward said. "I think we’re going to be able to push eachother."

Hayward and Shields bring the experience, so for rookies Quinten Rollins and Damarious Randall, it’s all about learning as much as they can in the next couple weeks.

"Just getting reps for me at least and seeing the guys in front of me, seeing splits, being able to know when they press me inside," Rollins said. "It’s the little things that will make you successful."

"Casey’s just kind of being out there being a coach and just helping us with the little mental things," Randall said. "We’re just learning from him."

"Getting some of these young guys okay to where they understand the system, and figuring out what they’re going to be able to do efficiently…that’s why these off-season workouts are so important to us," defensive coordinator Dom Capers added.

It’s a contract year for Hayward, so he knows what’s at stake this season, and expects this cornerback battle to go deep into training camp.

First seen at http://www.wearegreenbay.com/

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