“This guy has a skill set that, in the past, is very similar to Woodson,” cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. said, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “And that’s rare.”
Whitt even believes Hayward can be a “double-digit intercept guy,” this season and that he should have been one last year.
“He’s smart, he’s instinctive,” defensive coordinator Dom Capers said. “You guys saw some of his strengths last year as far as taking the ball away. Guys who have football instincts and football smarts end up in the right place more often than guys who don’t have those qualities.”
Whitt loves the way Hayward sniffs out the routes of opposing receivers.
“He can smell routes and see things and do things that not many people can do,” Whitt said. “Now, what ‘Wood’ can do that he has to learn how to do is he’s got to learn how to catch the flash of the ball. That’s one thing ‘Wood’ can do better than anybody. And Casey needs to continue to improve on that.”
Hayward was very impressive during his rookie year and will only get better as time goes on.