Casey Hayward wasted no time finding a spot in Green Bay's defensive backfield.
Good thing, because the Packers are going to need him - and his sticky hands - more than ever this next month.
The Packers (4-3) have a big hole in their secondary with Charles Woodson out approximately six weeks with a broken collarbone. While Hayward plays cornerback and Woodson is technically a safety, the rookie has shown a knack for the kind of big-impact plays that are Woodson's trademark. Hayward has four interceptions in the last three games, and is tied for the league lead in picks.
''From the first day, you could see his ball skills,'' Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday. ''He's a playmaker. Any time you take a rookie and play him in a couple different positions in a multi-scheme defense, I think that says a little bit about the young man. Now that he's getting opportunities, he's taken advantage of them.
''He's got his hands on the ball again today a couple times, so he's getting be...