Green Bay Packers cornerback Casey Hayward returns an interception during the Oct. 14 game against Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette
George Young, the former long-time general manager for the New York Giants, once likened his preference in NFL players to the marines: The younger the better.
Keep that in mind when you hear teams lament having to play rookies or second-year pros. For while there is a downside, namely that they don't have the backlog of snaps embedded in their brains and central nervous systems of more veteran players, they come with significant advantages as well: They're faster and quicker, and more easily molded and motivated.
Their physical advantages are in part the resiliency of youth and shorter ...