Raiders must take advantage of strong DB free agent class

The Oakland Raiders had a lot of problems on defense in 2013, but defending the pass was easily the biggest issue. Due largely to an inability to get pressure on the quarterback without blitzing, it also showed that the corners in Oakland are simply not high caliber players. None of the corners are true number one, shut down guys. In an era where passing becomes a bigger and bigger...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders Rewind: Patience for Allen, key off season dates and can Hayden turn it around?

Another week, another slew of great content on cover32 Raiders. With the Super Bowl over, things in the football world are slow, but not here at cover32. We keep you pumped full of content all year round. Check out the best stuff on the Raiders and from around the league below. Oakland Raiders - Urging patience for head coach Dennis Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie (READ...
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February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders hope DJ Hayden the sequel is much better than the original

I, like many, wasn’t even exactly sure who DJ Hayden was going into the 2013 NFL Draft. I mean, I do follow the draft, but honestly all I’d heard about Hayden was about the injury he sustained during practice that very nearly killed him. He was selected 12th overall in the draft despite having not taken a snap in the second half of his senior year. He had started the first nine...
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February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Hayden feels blessed year after near-fatal injury

As soon as D.J. Hayden woke up, he flashed back one year to the day he almost died in a practice collision. Hayden got an encouraging text message from his mother Wednesday morning and said he just felt blessed to be living after undergoing emergency heart surgery last Nov. 6. After battling his way back from a near-death experience, Hayden's growing pains as a rookie cornerback...
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November 06, 2013  |  Discuss

D.J. Hayden has uneven start in debut

Yesterday I touched on DJ Hayden’s performance against the Chicago Bears in my game recap . NFL.com used the right words to describe his performance. “Uneven.” Friday’s results were mixed. Hayden whiffed while trying to tackle Alshon Jeffery on third-and-1, allowing the Bears wide receiver to plow for 22 yards on Chicago’s opening drive. Hayden made up for it three plays...
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August 25, 2013  |  Discuss

D.J. Hayden will make his Raiders preseason debut tonight

Raiders rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden is looking forward to making his Raider and NFL debut during tonight’s preseason game against the Bears. Hayden will make his exhibition debut for Oakland on Friday night against the Chicago Bears in his first game action of any kind since a near-fatal practice collision ended his college career last November and raised questions about his...
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August 23, 2013  |  Discuss

D.J. Hayden to be going “full-bore” by 3rd preseason game

When it comes to rookie CB D.J. Hayden my Raiders training camp reports have sounded like a broken record. Everyday since the opening of camp Hayden has been wearing a red non-contact jersey due to an injury he suffered while at Houston that severed his vena cava and nearly killed him. Less than a year after having his chest cracked open to preform emergency surgery Hayden is preparing...
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August 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders Rookie Preview: How will DJ Hayden perform?

Every year the NFL holds a college draft, and every season we try to assume how the rookies for our respective teams will perform, especially the first round picks. In this year’s draft the Raiders selected cornerback, DJ Hayden, out of the University of Houston. Some analysts felt that he was a risky choice considering the very unique injury he suffered last season. He collided...
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June 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Here’s ESPN’s feature on new Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden (Video)

ESPN ran a great Tom Rinaldi-narrated piece on Sunday featuring Raiders first-round draft pick D.J. Hayden‘s journey from the brink of death last November to the NFL. Hayden ripped a crucial vein in his chest that leads directly his heart after accidentally taking a knee to his chest in practice. The injury has a 95 percent fatality rate. Doctors immediately operated on Hayden...
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April 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Raiders almost took D.J. Hayden with the third pick

According to Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports, the Oakland Raiders were two minutes away from drafting cornerback D.J. Hayden with the third overall pick.    Right before they pulled the trigger, the Dolphins called them to trade up to nab Dion Jordan. The Raiders ultimately took a risk by trading down, but they were still able to get Hayden. When Oakland Raiders general manager...
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April 26, 2013  |  Discuss

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