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Although T.J. announced at the beginning of the year that he was declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft, the concept of having three brothers play in the league hadn’t fully donned on Derek Watt until the Super Bowl.
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Sunday’s Week 12 match against the Houston Texan is a game fullback Derek Watt circled on his calendar the moment he was drafted. After all, it would provide a rare chance to face off against his older brother, J.J..
Unfortunately, Houston’s star defensive end won’t suit up as he is out for the year with a back injury. While he’ll miss the game, the elder Watt couldn’t be prouder of how Derek has performed over his first 10 games as he’s kept a close eye on his younger brother.
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“We just took a minute. Our whole family was there, and we just kind of appreciated that our hard work has paid off. In a short period of time here, that dream will come true for all three of us. It’s a pretty cool feeling, that’s for sure.”
“We had a chances to stop them, like on that fourth down, it was really close and they got it by half a yard,” said Casey Hayward. “But it’s a game of inches and they got it. (But) this was in all three phases. It wasn’t just on one phase; we have to find a way in all three phases to win. If we can get a big return on special teams, we can score on offense and get turnovers on defense.”
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The second defensive score on the day came in the fourth quarter. Facing a crucial 3rd-and-6 from their own 29, Marcus Mariota lobbed a pass in the direction of Kendall Wright. However, Brandon Flowers cut in front of the receiver to pick off the ball and run it back 33 yards for the touchdown.
“He’s a veteran guy so we kind of lean on him when it comes to playing,” said Casey Hayward, who is tied for a league-leading five interceptions. “He started out the game with some key tackles and when he plays like that, the game comes easy for him.”
Casey Hayward finished his first season with the Los Angeles Chargers jersey authentic after joining them in free agency last spring. The cornerback had positive things about his former coach despite only knowing him for one year.
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“He was always a great guy. I always talked to him on and off the field. He was a really good guy and I wish him the best of luck. Hopefully he can get back into this league quickly because he’s a really good coach.”
For any free agent, it can be hard to come into a new team and make an immediate impact. But after signing a three-year contract in March, Casey Hayward made a name for himself as a Charger on Sunday.
In the team’s 38-14 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the cornerback had two picks on the day. The pair of interceptions were the first by a Charger in a half since 2011 and were two of three total turnovers in the win.
Casey Hayward has been a San Diego Charger since March, but the cornerback said putting the pads on for the third day of training camp made the experience all the more genuine.