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Is Casey Hayward Legit?

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By Week 8, a rookie was that fulcrum — and he just happened to be replacing a Hall of Famer. All Hayward did was put up some of the best numbers for any cornerback in the league. According to Football Outsiders, Hayward was fourth in the league in passes defensed, first in success percentage, and first in total defeats among cornerbacks. According to Pro Football Focus, quarterbacks had a 31.1 rating when throwing in Hayward’s coverage area — the best figure for any cornerback in football.

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