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Much has been made about the Packers' need to upgrade the defensive front, but their back line left something to be desired last season as well. The unit gave up 4,796 yards last season. That was the most in the league, though injuries had something to do with that.
Casey Hayward is a draft pick that was overlooked time and again as part of Green Bay's effort to fix a defense that finished last in the league last year, and it looks like he could have been one of their best picks.
The rookie out of Vanderbilt is making a push to start with a strong preseason (via Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com):
“(That) would mean a lot. Not too many people can come in and just start, especially at the corner spot,” Hayward said. “I feel I can start in this league. A lot of people said I couldn’t be a starter – (that) I’m more of a nickel person. I just want to come in and prove them wrong. They drafted me high, and when they draft you that high, they’ve got expectations for you, and I just want to live up to them
“I’m running with the 1s with House down, with Sam down, (so) I’ve got to live up to my opportunity, and when my opportunity comes, let’s take advantage of it. I’d been getting a lot of reps before (House) was out, as well, (but) not as much with the 1’s. It’s my opportunity and I’m going to try to make the best of it.”
Ted Thompson strikes again!