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Hayward right in the mix

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 1, 2012 – 2:05 pm

Rookie CB Casey Hayward’s strong practice on Wednesday came mostly while defending the biggest receiver on the roster, 6-4 Tori Gurley.

Matching up against big targets is nothing new to Hayward, who played at Vanderbilt in the SEC, but doing so at the NFL level does present its challenges.

“No doubt, because he’s a big guy,” Hayward said of Gurley. “He kind of reminds me of a tight end, but he moves very well to be that big. You can’t let him get his hands on you.”

Hayward admitted he’s still making some rookie mistakes out there, but he’s trying to use any mistake as a chance to learn. He’s certainly right in the mix for playing time at cornerback with a competitive group that also includes Jarrett Bush, Davon House, Sam Shields and Brandian Ross.

“Certain calls I’m playing full speed,” Hayward said. “Sometimes I question myself, but I shouldn’t, because I know the plays.”

Other notes from Wednesday’s practice:

–K Mason Crosby went 2-for-2 again in a FG period, hitting a pair from 45-plus. Crosby has yet to miss a FG in camp through six practices.

–TE D.J. Williams has been getting plenty of attention thus far in camp, and rightly so, but fellow second-year TE Ryan Taylor is starting to show up, too. Taylor made a couple of big catches during team drills, including one where he dove toward the sideline as he finished a crossing route and hauled in the pass with a linebacker trailing in coverage.

–The “old” guys continue to make plays on a daily basis. CB Charles Woodson had a diving interception over the middle on a fourth-down throw by QB Aaron Rodgers, and WR Donald Driver got open deep behind S M.D. Jennings and caught a perfectly thrown deep ball from Rodgers.

–WR Greg Jennings turned in what was probably the play of the day in his first day back after missing a few practices with an elbow bruise. Jennings caught a ball right in stride that deflected off TE Jermichael Finley and may have been deflected by CB Tramon Williams as well.

–LB Desmond Bishop and FB John Kuhn both must practice two times in shells before they can put full pads on, and they got their first day in on Wednesday. If they practice in shells again Thursday night, that would make them eligible to put pads on for Friday’s Family Night scrimmage, but it seems unlikely they’ll do so.

“You know I would if they let me, but I’m not sure how that would work,” Bishop said. “I don’t foresee them letting me the first day in pads go in the scrimmage. So I’m guessing Sunday.”

–In addition to Commissioner Roger Goodell, other big names in attendance at Wednesday’s practice included former Packers GM Ron Wolf and Hall of Fame head coach and former broadcaster John Madden.

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41 Responses to “Hayward right in the mix”

  1. By BIG CHEESE on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Thank god for a future hof guy like Hayward. This should fix our defensive problems. Now all we need is a D line, some line backers, and another safety, and a RB, and it is super bowl bound!

  2. By Stinky cheese on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    sounds to me, with so many holes on D, that the peckers are on the downslide of a dynasty that never was. Good luck fudge packers. you can look forward to a 9-7 season and the end of GB hedgemony.

  3. By Kyle Jagger on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Stinky Cheese, you’re an idiot. You’re probably some fan of some team like the teddy bears or the purple peter eaters that haven’t won squat in god knows how long. 9-7? Grow up and read a book about football. Maybe one that will tell you how the Packers have won more championships than any other team in the league. GET A LIFE LOSER.

  4. By don on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Stinky Cheese is all over Packers pratice reports BECAUSE HE IS WORRIED!! He should be be too.

  5. By Walker on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Perhaps did Madden show up in his big bus? Love the big guy!

  6. By Richard on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Yea, Madden was in his bus. That throw Jennings caught did indeed bounce off Williams. It hit Finley’s hand, then bounced off the back of a diving Williams (who if Finley hadn’t touched it pry would of had an interception) and then Jennings one hand caught it. Was pretty impressive.

  7. By Bears Year Ahead on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Stinky Cheese is spot-on. This last, brief pecker run was a dynasty in a peckers head! For the rest of ya delusionals, keep blabbin on about that 15-1 record built on huge W’s over St’ Louis, Denver, Carolina, Minnesota, Oakland, Tampa Bay, and a Bears team with Luke McCown and Kahlil Bell in the backfield, and blah blah blah. The real challenges are SF, Philly, and the NYG. Reason?: They ~all~ can play defense!

  8. By 1985 is calling on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Bears fans have IQs in the single digits. The last and only SB win was 1985. 46 years and your pathetic team has one and if you can’t read 1 Super Bowl win and 1 loss. Why are you even a fan. Most years the Bears aren’t even in the running. Then your team couldn’t win the NFC championship at HOME against the Packers. I guess if my team made me that depressed, I would go and post nonsense on other teams sites.

  9. By BIG CHEESE on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    The Real BIG CHEESE here, You can tell when your in someone’s head, they rip off your screen name and post ridiculous comments. You shouldn’t let other’s rent space in your mind bucko. GO PACK GO. 13 Championships.NFL Record. 14 on the way…

  10. By Colin Z-Force on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Bears no Head—Every year you guys in Illinoise come to read our blogs because your team can’t beat us. You guys finally got your first QB since before your last title almost 30 years ago and you think your great.It’s not just Packer fan’s that think this team is really good, but the entire country doesn’t want to play us.So stop talking tough and putting up predictions you know won’t happen and just admit what everybody else has already. NO1 WANTS TO PLAY THIS TEAM IN 2012/2013!!! We went 15-1 w/out the right tools on Defense.TT is the best talent scout of every decision maker in the NFL and he drafted the difference makers in Hayward,Worthy,and Perry! Oh and it’s always nice when the super talented kid’s he drafted last year start to come around and play real well alla House,Cobb,M.D.Jennings,Gurley,D.J.Williams,So’oto,and Neil!! That’s allot of talent to add to an already ridiculously talented and deep team we have already. TALK IS DONE!! We’ll put everyone to bed this year, because this TROPHY IS COMING HOME TO GREEN BAY!!! This is by far the most talented team in Packer History and it will come to fruition in the next 10 years!! GO PACK!!!!

  11. By NH Mike on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Its good to hear that Jarrett Bush is getting better because he looked lost out there at times last year and in 2010. Is also great to hear the stories about all the undrafted guys making an impact on the Pack. TT + Draft and Develop X Aaron Rodgers = Championships!

  12. By STINKY BIG CHEESE on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    No actually you can tell when you are in someones head, because they will not let it go…it bothers them to no end…pretty soon all you do is comment about the other person…because you are in their head….I’m in BIG CHEESE’S HEAD…

  13. By Cali Packers Fan on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    What’s wrong BIG CHEESE?? Can’t take a little bit of your own medicine. That’s right, he has been on everyone elses blog site, using all of our usernames, and blogging non-sense. Have fun explaining yourself cheese.

  14. By PACKERS6-10 on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    That’s right bears year. These fans are about to find out what it’s like to get kicked in the A$$. The Peckers are slowly sliding down. In about two more years, these guys are gonna start getting older. With the defense the way it is, the window will be closing fast. Get used to the cellar of the NFC north Pecker fans. You will be sharing it with the Lions in about three years!

  15. By Bruce on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Do you Bears fans realize that last year we had a tougher schedule then we will this year?

    We have one of the easiest schedules in the league and you think we will be 9-7? Oh yeah and the 49ers and Saints are at home. 15-1 with the same team as last year and an easier schedule and a draft to boot.

    Hmmmm….. At least if your going to troll, come with something worth while and fact based.

  16. By PackAttack95 on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    NFC North will look like this. !. Green Bay Packers 12-4 Detroit Lions 10-6 Chicago Bears 10-6 Minnesota Vikings 6-10. Lions will beat bears both times, giving them the edge in the tie. Bears will miss the playoffs, Lions make it as wildcard. Then what? Bears defense will get another year older, more players will get hurt, and they will be lost with a defense that actually stinks. Urlacher, Tillman, Briggs and Peppers wont last forever. To get them all back in one draft class is impossible. Unless you have TT. haha GO PACK GO!!

  17. By 1985 is calling on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    What a moron. The Packers are one of the youngest teams in the NFL. Driver and Woodsen only key players at the end of their career. All 28 or younger: Arod, Jennings, Matthews, Nelson, the whole O line except for Saturday and most of the defense. The Lions are a young team also on the rise. The only team I see that is old is the Bears. That team that has only 1 SB trophy and lost in the NFC championship at HOME to the Packers. It is so easy to see why Bears fans are so depressed with a below average team almost every year. Go back and watch your 85 Super Bowl.

  18. By cheesehead on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Hi everyone, instead of enabling these commenters who aren’t Packers fans, just ignore them and focus on constructive comments about the team itself. Bashing these guys won’t accomplish anything, it’s just what they want. That said, I really hope Gurley makes the roster because a players of that size could be a difference maker in the future if he continues to develop. No way he would survive another year on the Practice Squad. Go Pack Go!

  19. By PackAttack95 on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Especially if Gurley finds a spot on the punt team, he can give us an extra edge if he can manage to block a couple punts. Not that we’ll need it, but anything to help the team is worth the roster spot and time to develop him.

  20. By BIG CHEESE on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    It’s gotten so bad, now the kid is talking to himself. How sad. Go Pack Go Let’s get 14….

  21. By BIG CHEESE on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply


    I have to admit, you’ve stuck around a lot longer than many other’s who have come to this site and been embarassed as bad as you have.I guess I have to give you credit for that. But then again, some people get off on being humiliated and abused. As many years as I’ve been on here, you’re the sickest puppy I’ve ever encountered. I work with mentally ill people every day, so I have to take a break from messing with you; having fun and making you look silly is too easy, but it’s probably unethical, given my profession. And I’m kind of starting to feel guilty. I’m done messing with you! There are other’s who actually want to talk Packer Football on these blogs, and it isn’t fair to them. Later kiddo

  22. By Packing for NOLA on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    I am very excited for this upcoming season primarily due to how well TT drafted this year. The first three picks in Perry Worthy and Hayward are panning out to become potential starters. Needless to say guys, dont listen to these bears fans, they want to get under your skin, and that’s all they want. They can have their 10 wins, but nothing will stop the pack from getting number 14. Go Pack Go!

  23. By Kb on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    .. Did some1 really says the packers are getting older and will fall off soon. How many years in a row have they been one of the youngest teams in the nfl? Much younger than other nfc north teams. Most trolls really struggle with their pathetic attempts

  24. By BIG CHEESE on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    The Real Real Big Cheese here. There once was a man from Nantucket. Whose head looked just like a Bucket. His name was Big Cheese, liked it on his knees, and you can figure the rest out.

  25. By Barlowmaker on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    The little pimply poofters and mommy’s-basement dwelling trolls are out of control on this blog.

  26. By BIG CHEESE on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    That’s the way Uh Huh Uh Huh I Like it Uh Huh Uh Huh!!!

  27. By Undefeated Season on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    This IS out of hand….guess other teams are too depressed to post positive stuff so fans are trolling for real team news…losers all, anyway, sad that Driver is nearing the end but unless they keep 6 I cant see it…Woodson at safety is better than no Woodson at all…for another year, maybe two, love the new D…they won’t be world beaters for a couple years but they will be at least top 20 ranked, maybe top 10, definately a step up, and look for bigger numbers from ARodg with healthy backs to take some pressure off…go pack…other team commentors STFU

  28. By chad m on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    Good lord people take football waaayyyyyy too personal. I love the Packers, and they probably will win the division again. On the other hand, I have a life and don’t care if they lose b/c the success or failure of my football team does not determine my happiness. Best of luck to everyone that gets so angry about it that it can run their week.

  29. By I bleed green more on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    I see the baby bear fans are dreaming again. They seem to do that but little else.

  30. By Cali on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t believe it’s gottin’ this bad. This brats mother needs to beat him with a club and show him some respect. I’m sure his dad ain’t around to do it. To all the bears fans out there, your team is a joke. You ladies wish your team was of the same caliber as the Packers. Undefeated against the duh teddy bears this season. GO PACK GO!!

  31. By Cali on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    Anyway, back to football. I hope the Packers go at least 10-6 this year. The state of the Defense scares me a lot. It is pretty bad when a hated team in purple is looking sharper on Defense than the number 1 team in the NFL.

  32. By BIG CHEESE on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    Packer’s training camp news looks very promising. Love the depth, and love the level of the serious approach the team is taking. All business. Very exciting year ahead. Can’t wait. Go Pack Go…I can’t get the number 14 out of my head….

  33. By Cali on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    what you mean 2-14?

  34. By Ditka on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    14 huh? don’t get too exited about a 14-2 season Packer fans. A healthy bears team will be tough to beat, The lions should be tough to beat, and believe it or not, the Vikings might be the suprise of the NFL this year (might). It is possible that GB could split 3-3 in the division this year, count on at least another two losses outside of the division, and you are looking at 11-5. That may win the division, but it will be neck in neck with the Lions and Bears. Your dynasty that never was, is over guys.

  35. By BIG CHEESE on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    14, as in 14 NFL Championships (Pack already hold the Record). But even 10-6 has proven to win a Championship, The Packers will have a good regular season, but will peak in the playoffs. The Pack catches on a lot quicker than other teams. The Ditka’s, and others, will disappear from this site a little more than half way through the season, as they have done the past couple of years.

    I think the only team that can possibly give the Packers a hard time is Detroit. But they aren’t quite there yet either. I really don’t see the Bears being a threat at all; and your statement about the Vikings is simply ridiculous.

  36. By PackFanMN on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    Ha, true. Do not let these pathetic Bears fans get under your skin. They like it when you get mad, thats why they come on here. Plus no one cares about the bears training camp, not even the fans apparently since they are bloggin about the packers training camp.

  37. By Bear killer on Aug 4, 2012 | Reply

    How can bear fans get excited about a qb (jay cutler) who quit on them in a championship game?

  38. By BIG CHEESE on Aug 5, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with Bear Killer! Jay “My poor wittle knee hoorts” Cutler. What a Joke! 14!! Like my I.Q. Also the length of my last turd…in inches. Has anybody seen my Squid? Oops! Sorry lost my train of thought. Cutler is about as clutch as and Automatic Transmission. I think I pooped my pants! Anybody got any wipes? Aw crap…Squirrel!!!!

  39. By Jake on Aug 8, 2012 | Reply

    I dont understand why people who hate the Packers come on here to talk crap..i’ve never gone on another teams website because there is no need to. if you dont follow the packers stay off the website because more than likely you have no idea what you’re talking about as far as this team goes.

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