Casey Hayward

It didn’t take long for second-round pick Casey Hayward to make his way into the Green Bay Packers starting lineup.

Hayward has been working with the starting defense the past few days, but then, the cornerback spot he’s occupying has been a revolving door. Since the Packers moved Charles Woodson to safety they’ve used Jarrett Bush and Davon House with the No. 1 defense.

Bush looks like he’s been surpassed by both Hayward and House. House was the front-runner for the job before getting injured in the preseason opener. Then there’s last year’s nickel back Sam Shields, who appears to be completely off the radar and may end up off the roster.

If the competition continues on its current path, Hayward definitely has an advantage. Unlike House, who’ll miss two-to-three weeks, he’s on the field. By the time House returns, the coaching staff may have their minds made up.

With Woodson shifting to the slot and M.D. Jennings entering the game at safety in the nickel package, that really leaves only one slot for another cornerback in the dime. Either Bush or House and probably Shields, who now seems like a goner, is going to be riding the bench most of the season.

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