Raiders roster: 5 Pending FAs who are key to a playoff berth in 2021
Casey Hayward, CB
It is no big secret that the cornerback position in Las Vegas is one of the bigger question marks heading into this season, as it is unclear who the team can rely on outside of Trayvon Mullen. They have a bunch of young talent, including a former first-round pick in Damon Arnette, but it may end up being a veteran that comes in and starts opposite Mullen on the outside.
That veteran is Casey Hayward, who recently played for Gus Bradley with the Los Angeles Chargers, and was once considered one of the better outside cornerbacks in football. With the Raiders, Hayward is only on a one-year deal and is a bit older now, but if he can come in and look like the player we saw a few years back with the Chargers, this is a huge get for this defense.
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Hayward is going to be expected to come in and prove to be a veteran presence in a very young defensive backfield. He is used to playing under Bradley, and even if it only for the 2021 season, him stepping in and being an impact player at cornerback is key if the Raiders hope to get better against the pass.