TRANSACTION HISTORY: Drafted by Cleveland in the seventh round (219th overall) of the 2015 Draft ... waived on Sept. 5 2015 ... signed by Cleveland to the practice squad on Sept. 6 2015 ... signed from practice squad to Jacksonville’s active roster on Oct. 28, 2015..waived Sept. 3, 2017...claimed by Chargers Sept. 4, 2017.
2017: Claimed off waivers from Jacksonville on Sept. 4...Appeared in 13 games with 10 starts, missing three due to injury…Posted a career-high 79 tackles (53 solo), two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery...Recorded the first INT of his career in the first matchup with Oakland...at Denver (Sept. 11): Posted seven tackles (four solo) on 32 defensive snaps in his Chargers debut...vs. Miami (Sept. 17): Made his first start in a Chargers uniform, and third of his career, at ILB...Registered eight tackles (five solo) on 42 defensive snaps, the most among Los Angeles linebackers...Contributed on 11 special teams plays with two special teams tackles on punt coverage, including one that pinned Miami inside its own 20...vs. Kansas City (Sept. 24): Inactive (knee)...vs. Philadelphia (Oct. 1): Returned from injury to appear on 49 defensive plays and seven on special teams...Posted five solo tackles…at New York Giants (Oct. 8): Started at ILB, seeing action on 51 defensive snaps…Led the team with nine tackles (seven solo)…at Oakland (Oct. 15): Made the first INT of his career, corralling the pass from QB Derek Carr after it deflected off the hands of RB Marshawn Lynch, halting Oakland’s red zone drive midway through the third quarter…Finished with eight tackles (four solo), a tackle for loss, the INT and a pass defensed…Added a special teams tackle on kickoff coverage…Appeared on 54 defensive snaps and four on special teams after starting at OLB…vs. Denver (Oct. 22): Started at OLB, seeing action on 48 defensive plays…Posted eight tackles (seven solo), marking his third-straight game with eight-plus tackles…at New England (Oct. 29): Set a career high with 13 tackles (nine solo) and a tackle for loss…Started at OLB, seeing action on 66 defensive plays…at Jacksonville (Nov. 12): Inactive (neck)…at Dallas (Nov. 23): Returned from injury that kept him out two games to play 11 snaps on defense…Finished with two tackles (one solo)…vs. Cleveland (Dec. 3): Continued working his way back into the lineup, starting at ILB and playing 11 snaps on defense…Finished with two tackles (one solo)…vs. Washington (Dec. 10): Appeared on seven defensive plays…at Kansas City (Dec. 16): Started at ILB, seeing action on 15 defensive snaps…Finished with two tackles (one solo)…at New York Jets (Dec. 24): Started at ILB and led the team with 10 tackles (five solo)…Added a fumble recovery…Stood up RB Matt Forté with ILB Korey Toomer in the backfield and recovered a fumble after Toomer stripped the ball free…Saw action on 45 defensive plays…vs. Oakland (Dec. 31): Started at ILB and played 45 snaps on defense…Finished with five tackles (four solo).
2016: Played in all 16 games on special teams and at linebacker...totaled nine tackles, including five solo stops. 2015: Spent the first seven weeks of the 2015 season on Cleveland’s practice squad ... played eight games with two starts at WLB and totaled 19 tackles (13 solo), including one tackle for loss ... added five special teams tackles.
COLLEGE: Started all but one of his 52 career games played at USC ... totaled 377 career tackles, 17 passes defensed, six sacks, three forced fumbles and three interceptions ... earned All-Pac-12 honors all four years ... team captain as a junior ... led the team in total tackles for three seasons, becoming the first player to do so since 1979 ... as a senior in 2014, was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, given to the top linebacker in the nation ... recipient of USC’s Trojan Commitment Award ... graduated from USC with a degree in policy, planning and development.
PERSONAL: Attended Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles ... totaled 66 tackles, two sacks, one interception, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery ... carried 63 times for 507 yards and nine TDs at running back ... also played basketball and ran track ... given name is Hayes Joseph Pullard III ... native of Los Angeles ... father, Hayes Jr., played for the Los Angeles Lakers ... uncle, Robert, competed as a pole vaulter in the 1976 Olympics.