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Hayden, Raiders get ‘wake-up call’ from Eagles up-tempo offense

OAKLAND – Long after the game ended, Raiders rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden sat in front of his locker, half dressed, with a white towel draped over his bowed head.
A short time later, Hayden declined an interview request and exited the locker room, leaving others to explain just how the Philadelphia Eagles carved up the Raiders for 419 yards passing and seven touchdowns in a 49-20 victory.
“He had a tough day,” veteran safety Charles Woodson said of Hayden, “but everybody’s gone through it. If you’ve played in the NFL, you’ve had a long day before. But if you want to play a long time, then you’ve got to get past it.”
Sunday turned into a long day for Hayden and the Raiders from the outset, with the Eagles scoring on their first four possessions. The second and third of those touchdowns were scored by receivers covered by Hayden.
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles etched his name into the NFL record book with the seven touchdown passes. He became only the second player to accomplish the feat since 1969. The Broncos’ Peyton Manning pulled it off against the Baltimore Ravens in the season-opener this season.
This wasn’t the first time Foles passed for seven touchdowns in a game. The other?
“In a video game,” Foles said.
Time and again, Foles completed passes to receivers covered by Hayden, including one to DeSean Jackson for 59 yards that set up the Eagles final touchdown.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen echoed Woodson’s sentiment about Hayden having a difficult time. In fairness, Allen added, there’s plenty of blame to go around in a game when the defense gives up 542 yards.
“D.J. wasn’t the only one that had a tough day,” Allen said. “Obviously, when you play out there on the island and you have a tough day, those things stand out a little bit more.”
Woodson knows firsthand the pressures of succeeding right away at cornerback as a rookie in the NFL, especially one selected in the top half of the first round.
He was picked No. 4 by the Raiders in the 1998 NFL draft and struggled a great deal in his first game, as well as at times his first season.
“D.J. is the 12thpick in the draft,” Woodson said of the Raiders first selection in April. “Nobody’s going to feel sorry for him. And one thing about it is, he was in position. He was in position to make plays. Those are plays he’s going to have to make going forward.”
Indeed, Hayden differs from some others that got victimized by Foles and the Eagles today in that he at least came close to making plays. There were a few plays in which the Raiders failed to cover receivers.
Hayden was stride for stride with Riley Cooper on a deep throw in the second quarter before he tripped as the ball arrived at Cooper’s hands as part of a 63-yard touchdown.
Hayden let Jackson get past him by a couple of yards on the 59-yard completion before he closed ground and just missed getting his hand on the well-thrown pass.
Veteran cornerback Tracy Porter said the Eagles outplayed the Raiders in every facet of the game. He called the defensive showing “flat-out embarrassing.”
Just the same, he said, this was the kind of game that the Raiders can use as a wake-up call and use as a means of improving.
“From the top guy on the team to the last guy on the roster,” Porter said, “we didn’t do our job in preparing for this team as well as we could this week, and it showed.”

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  • prometheus

    nope just raider business as usual

  • fingersrdrs

    Lol

  • Raider O

    RM had an opportunity this year to sign a good pass rusher, but he traded for Flynn, and paid him $6.5 million to start one game. We had a top 3 pick, and we end up with a player who almost died and so far his play is below avg (being kind).
    Not impressed Reggie.

  • RaiderGuy50

    you’re probably right- its not the green bay MO

  • loyal

    It’s hard to believe that the Raiders have not “lucked’ into a gem in the draft in the past 10 yrs. They have made so many bad draft picks and been so bad for so long….. what are the odds. Why can’t we luck into a Russell Wilson or Tom Brady?

  • fingersrdrs

    I dont know…. He could pull a Hammy just looking at Real Estate

  • http://Raiders.com/ Dan78

    McFadden can see the writing in the wall… Too bad Murray was IR’ed….. We wont know if he is the answer at rb this season……

  • rifflicks

    Impress us with a list of “your’ achievements that makes you such a great judge of those of others

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Kelly was coming off a near probowl season, Seymour was still our best defensive Player; over paid as they were much like Palmer and McFadden were on offense, we were 8-8 the year before, we had a playoff run in us or so we all thought.
    Huff should have been cut when we purged our secondary I agree.
    wished we could’ve convinced Heyward-Bey to restructure with a pay cut and kept him long term. At least we would three wide receivers on the team now.

  • rifflicks

    Same scouts until last year when Reggie changed them…give it a year or two…..only morons would grade a draft choice in one season.

  • rifflicks

    he’d pull something putting the signs in the yards

  • J Hill

    Who is the good pass rusher he could have signed?

  • rifflicks

    Cap constraints….dead money and none to sign a replacement
    there’s a difference in cutting and not renewing a contract too.

  • kenchun24

    Well I think the team still needs to get better players at several units (WR/TE, OL, DL,) and that will happen (or it won’t if the draft picks are crappy and FA signings are like Flynn in 2014) so that will leave TP a chance to play out his final contract year in 2014 after another season of (hopefully) some upgrades and at least two rookie offensive skill player “playmakers” via the draft (Mike Evans 1st and DeAnthony Thomas 2nd would be a nice 1, 2 punch to start off with – for WR, multiple O RB/slot threat and KR/PR) – pending of course on any progress/wins vs. losses etc between now and EOS.

    But at this moment he has had three weeks were he has regressed pocket awareness wise and is indecisive on whether to pull the trigger or take off. So the regression has stunted his slight progression in the 1st halves of the SD and KC games. I do think Olsen has some blame for this as well. He says he backing Pryor and is calling plays for him to succeed but I dunno…not when I watch the games. Has Olsen ever called a screen pass for Reece or DMC after the defense has dialed up 2nd down 5/6 man blitzes several times in a game? This happened yesterday a lot and I was like “Olsen call a screen and it will gash this Eagles blitz.”

  • rifflicks

    no money under salary cap to sign a good rusher

  • TrevJo

    Three words: Need-based drafting.
    It’s hard to get steals in the draft when you are always stubbornly reaching to fill certain positions.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    “Lucked into a gem in the draft”?
    There is no such thing. It takes good scouting and an eye for talent.

  • rifflicks

    well said

  • fingersrdrs

    True….

  • 0ak R8rs

    I’m sure this has already been mentioned but just in case:

    Flynn. Cut. Haha.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Well, there will no problem with that for quite awhile because we have a lot of positions that need filling by better players.

  • rifflicks

    wow, cutting edge, old news

  • 0ak R8rs

    Umh. Whatever. Season isn’t over. Chiefs have 7 pro bowlers on their team. Way to take a stand for Andy Reid and the chiefs over your own team tho. Impressive.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    First I heard about it but it wouldn’t be suprising since the guy sucks.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Apparently you didn’t read the first line. I work for a living, douche bag. Not gonna jump on here every second.

  • DKnight007

    Nothing against DJ. I think he will turn out to be serviceable, but I absolutely hate it when Raiders take a DB/CB/S high. The only picked I liked was the C Wood pick, because it was obvious he was a can’t miss type. I just didn’t understand why McK would reach for DJ at that spot. Pick a beast versatile DT like Star or trade down again. Should have traded down from that 2nd rounder instead of taking Menelik. I really think McK was hoping Long would fall to to him in the 2nd, but Bears and others had him rated high as they should have.

  • DutchRaid

    Stevie Brown? But we throw that lotto ticket away…

  • HELLSBELLS

    Some luck is involved.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    Matt Flynn was a bigger tool than Tuel !!

  • DKnight007

    The last gem was the Woodson pick.

  • The Big Banana

    Vegas was saying Bills might have beat the Chiefs with Flynn out there. Guess the Bills disagree.

  • rifflicks

    so you’re that good of judging talent that you can assess Hayden’s future in 8 games????
    you should send Reggie your resume for a scouting position

  • kenchun24

    5th round and UDFA WR’s lol

    I’ll tell ya this …the first round pick flops have stunted this franchise more than anything the past 10 years…
    Gallery – Fitz

    Fabian Washington – a falling Aaron Rodgers (even after Raiders traded up in the first with Seattle)

    Huff – Haloti Ngata

    Jabustaron – Megatron

    DMC – Clady, Mayo, Flacco, Talib

    DHB – Percy Harvin, BJ Raji, Orakpo

    McClain – any other player! (Pierre-Paul,Earl Thomas,Mike Iupati)

  • DKnight007

    I hate the the talk that you can never have to many CB’s. Well for me, I feel you can never have too many pass rushers who can drop back and cover and OLinemen!

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    CBSSports.com
    Bills cut QB Flynn; sign FB Rodriguez
    MiamiHerald.com ‎- 1 hour ago
    The Buffalo Bills have released quarterback Matt Flynn in another indication rookie starter EJ Manuel is ready to return from injury.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Man, even the Bills don’t want him.

    On the other hand, think about the huge amount of money the guy has picked up from Seattle, the Raiders, and now Buffalo.
    All he does is pick up million dollar checks.
    Lol.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    EJ Manuel yes. Flynn? no !!

  • DKnight007

    Well with DMC leaving free agency, what kind of comp pick will the Raiders get for him? Hope it is at least a 3rd Rounder.

  • rifflicks

    you the only one there that ask if you want fries with that in English?

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    If Flynn was fighting for America during the Revolutionary War (where we beat the snot out of England), we’d probably cut him too.

    Just keepin’ it real.

  • TrevJo

    Maybe but even this year with tons of needs it felt to me like McKenzie was of the mindset that we had to address our biggest need first, our second-biggest need second, etc (hence CB,OL,LB,QB in the draft). We’ll still miss out on the steals that way.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea. It takes that. But there’s luck involved too. He has a point.

  • Raider O

    Dumervil: might have been too expensive
    Bennett: 1 year $5 million
    Avril
    Freeney
    Osi

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Don’t feel bad for Flynn, he’s doing fine.
    If this keeps up he’ll be able to buy his own NFL team but I doubt he’ll sign himself as a quarterback.

  • rifflicks

    if they don’t renew his contract ….nothing

  • loyal

    I’m sure NE thought they had a future HOF qb when they picked Brady in rd7. I don’t think the Raiders knew Howie would be all world. I’m only saying that sometimes a team gets lucky. When was the last time we were lucky?

  • TrevJo

    The luck part is other teams not drafting the gem before you can. The rest, player evaluation and player development, is up to the team. We’ve struggled in both areas.

  • J Hill

    The Richie Incognito situation is a trip.

    Can’t believe the locker room didn’t take care of someone like him.

  • DKnight007

    Yep. He is the football player version of Lane Kiffin! Lol. Doing nothing special, but getting paid significant money!

  • 0ak R8rs

    Umh. Have my own business. I do just fine. Thanks for your concern tho, douche bag.

  • rifflicks

    he won’t trade for Russell Wilson either