Hayward finished the 2016 campagin with 58 tackles and seven interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. The seven interceptions led the NFL, earning Hayward a Pro Bowl nod. After spending the first four seasons of his career with the Packers, Hayward exploded onto the season for the Chargers, taking on more of a role with the first unit after injuries to Jason Verrett (knee) and Brandon Flowers (concussion). With Flowers' future in limbo, Hayward will more than likely slot in as a starting cornerback opposite Verrett next season, forming what appears to be a solid duo for years to come. While the 27-year-old's interception numbers likely are unsustainable, Hayward's knack for creating turnovers could be a boon for IDP owners who play in leagues that favor such plays, and should offset his mild tackle totals.
Hayward recorded five tackles (three solo) and an interception in Sunday's win over the Texans. Hayward now leads the league in interceptions with six. Thrust into a starting role with Jason Verrett (knee) and Brandon Flowers (concussion) sidelined for multiple weeks, Hayward has excelled in the starting role, matching up against the opposition's best wide receivers most weeks. He'll have a tough task in front of him, however, as the Chargers take on Mike Evans and the Buccaneers next week.
Hayward recorded three tackles (two solo), one pass defended and an interception in Sunday's win over the Titans. Hayward's interception set up a critical field goal for the Chargers as the team was able to earn a two-possession lead near the end of the second quarter as a result. The 27-year-old has now picked off a pass in back-to-back games, adding on to his team-leading five interceptions and leads the secondary in tackles with 41. He's slowly developing into a solid IDP option and could be in for another solid game with a matchup against the Dolphins on tap for next week.
Hayward recorded three tackles, three passes defended and one interception which he returned for a touchdown during the loss to the Broncos on Sunday. Hayward probably should have had two interceptions returned for touchdowns, as the former Packers cornerback dropped what appeared to be an easy pick-six in the second quarter. With Sunday's performance, Hayward now leads the team with four interceptions, but he recorded the prior three interceptions during the first three games of the season.
Hayward recorded six tackles and one pass defense in Sunday's win over the Falcons. Hayward put together another solid performance despite the Chargers losing another member of their secondary, this time Craig Mager to a concussion. Hayward will continue to see plenty of throws his way as teams look to expose the near depleted Chargers secondary, and as such, might factor in his fair share of tackles.