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Nick Hayden (born February 4, 1986) is a former American football defensive tackle in the National Football League for the Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the University of Wisconsin and was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

Nick Hayden
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Hayden with the Browns in 2016
No. 78, 98, 96
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1986-02-04) February 4, 1986 (age 33)
Hartland, Wisconsin
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:303 lb (137 kg)
Career information
High school:Arrowhead (WI)
College:Wisconsin
NFL Draft:2008 / Round: 6 / Pick: 181
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:76
Total tackles:183
Sacks:2.0
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:2
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

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Early yearsEdit

Hayden attended Arrowhead High School, where he played as a defensive tackle, receiving All-State honors two straight years and the Defensive Lineman of the Year award in 2002.[1]

He accepted a football scholarship from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He became a starter at defensive tackle as a sophomore, registering 56 tackles, 5.5 sacks (led the team), one forced fumble, 4 passes defensed and 3 fumble recoveries. The next year, he had 27 tackles and one blocked kick. In his final season he posted 48 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries (led the team), 2 passes defensed and one blocked kick.

In college, he started the final 39 games of his career, registering 132 tackles, 10 sacks, one forced fumble, 6 fumble recoveries (third most in school history), 6 passes defensed and 2 blocked kicks.

Professional careerEdit

Carolina PanthersEdit

Hayden was selected in the sixth round (181st overall) of the 2008 NFL draft by the Carolina Panthers. In 2010, he became a regular starter (10 games) at left defensive tackle, registering 51 tackles, one sack, 2 quarterback pressures and one pass defensed. He was waived on September 3, 2011.

Cincinnati BengalsEdit

On December 7, 2011, he signed as a free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals and played in two games before being declared inactive for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs. The next year, he suffered a high ankle sprained in the last preseason game and was waived injured on August 31.

Dallas CowboysEdit

After not playing in 2012, he was signed to a futures contract by the Dallas Cowboys on February 10, 2013,[2] to provide depth in training camp. The many injuries the team experienced in the defensive line allowed him to move up the depth chart and be named the team starter at left defensive tackle.[3] Hayden proved to be a reliable player by starting all 16 games an playing solid against the run. He finished the year with the most tackles (51) and snaps (821) registered by a Cowboys defensive lineman. He also had 16 quarterback pressures, 2 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one touchdown.[4]

In 2014, he started 16 games and led the team's defensive linemen with 52 tackles, while also registering 4 tackles for loss (tied for second on the team), 8 quarterback pressures and one pass defensed.[5]

In 2015, he didn't start against the New England Patriots, when the team opened with only 3 defensive linemen. He posted 15 starts, 54 tackles (4 for loss), 5 quarterback pressures and 2 passes defensed. He wasn't re-signed at the end of the season.

Cleveland BrownsEdit

On July 22, 2016, he was signed as a free agent by the Cleveland Browns to play defensive end in a 3-4 defense, who were looking to improve the depth at the defensive line after Desmond Bryant was lost for the year with a torn pectoral muscle.[6] He was released on August 29.[7]

NFL statisticsEdit

Year Team Games Combined Tackles Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries Fumble Return Yards Interceptions Interception Return Yards Yards per Interception Return !rception Return Interceptions Returned for Touchdown Passes Defended
2008 CAR 2 3 2 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009 CAR 10 17 15 2 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 CAR 14 31 20 11 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2011 CIN 2 2 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 DAL 16 44 25 19 0.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 44 97 64 33 2.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Arrowhead alum Nick Hayden returns home for massive NFL showdown". Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  2. ^ "Cowboys Add 2 More "Futures" Players, Including DT Hayden". Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  3. ^ "Hayden Made Most Of Opportunity". Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  4. ^ "Cowboys Hidden Gems: Nick Hayden". Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  5. ^ "Cowboys, Nick Hayden agree to terms". Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  6. ^ "Cleveland Browns sign DL Nick Hayden". Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  7. ^ Cabot, Mary Kay (August 29, 2016). "Paul Kruger cut by Cleveland Browns; Austin Davis, Travis Coons also among cuts". cleveland.com. Archived from the original on August 29, 2016. Retrieved August 29, 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  8. ^ "Nick Hayden Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 25 March 2016.

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