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Hayden has firm grasp on perspective

A year ago, Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden collided with a teammate at the University of Houston and suffered an injury that required emergency surgery.
“A day that I’ll always remember — the day I got hit in practice and almost lost my life,” Hayden said. “I thought about it when my mom texted me this morning (about) how good God has been. This day is just another example of how he works in mysterious ways.”
And it’s another reason why Hayden is able to keep things in perspective and not get too down about a game such as the one he had against the Eagles last Sunday, when he allowed three receptions for 139 yards and two touchdowns.
Hayden said he is heartened by the fact that he was in position to break up all three passes that he allowed to be caught by Eagles receivers.
“It’s about how you respond to it,” Hayden said. “I could have made both plays, I’ve just got to finish the play. If I’d have finished the play, who knows what the outcome would have been.”
Hayden suffered a ruptured vein in practice a year ago. Quick thinking by a team trainer resulted in Hayden being treated properly and rushed to a hospital, where doctors were able to save Hayden from an injury that has a 95 percent fatality rate.
He has a scar that runs from atop his chest down to his belly button. During the late offseason, Hayden underwent a second surgery as a result of pain caused by scar tissue.
The initial injury and the two resulting surgeries compelled the Raiders to keep Hayden under wraps until late in training camp, when he finally got cleared for contact.
Coach Dennis Allen is convinced that Hayden will validate the Raiders using the No. 12 pick in this year’s NFL draft on the speedy cornerback and that Hayden will be even better next season, if for no other reason than he will have an offseason in which to prepare at full strength the entire time.
“Nothing in football can compare to what he had to go through and the type of mental toughness that it takes to battle through the injury that he battled through and to be able to come back like he’s been able to come back,” Allen said. “I have no doubt that he will be able to respond, he’ll be able to come back and he’ll perform at a high level.
“Not a lot of people have gone through the things that he had to go through. Being a rookie is one thing and that has its own unique challenges but being a rookie after suffering through the setback that he had is a challenging thing but he’s done a nice job.”

– There’s a sense that part of the drop in production in the second half of games by the Raiders offense in general and quarterback Terrelle Pryor in particular has to do with Pryor wearing down as a result of all the running he does.
Pryor has rushed 63 times in seven games and flushed from the pocket numerous other times in which he ultimately got sacked or attempted a pass.
Against the Eagles, Pryor rushed for 94 yards and spent most downs running around in an attempt to elude defenders, buy time and wait for receivers to get open.
Pryor scoffed at the notion that his play might suffer as a direct result of all the running around he does in games, particularly in the first half.
“I don’t ever wear down,” Pryor said. “It’s just whatever happens. If that’s what it takes to win … I run about a mile every day on the treadmill, so that adds up as the week goes on. So I could go pretty good so far – I’m young, so hopefully I’m blessed enough to play a while and we’ll be talking about that in the future. But right now, I can do that.”

– Mychal Rivera and Jeron Mastrud combined for 20 catches for 245 yards and a touchdown the first half of the season. On Sunday, the Raiders get their first look at Brandon Myers since they allowed him to leave via free agency.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Myers has been “solid” for the Giants this season. The stats seem to validate that assessment. Myers caught 23 passes for 265 yards and one touchdown in his new team’s first eight games.
As for the production of the Raiders tight ends this season, Allen made it clear that there’s room for improvement.
“It’s an area that we’d like to see a little bit more production from,” Allen said. “Those guys are going in there and battling and doing the things that they’re capable of doing.”
Rookie tight end Nick Kasa has yet to catch a pass this season. He got a handful of snaps against the Eagles last Sunday and even had a pass thrown his way.
Here’s Allen’s take on where Kasa stands halfway through his rookie season.
“He’s making some strides,” Allen said. “He’s not there yet. He’s still behind the other two guys. But he’s gotten better, It was good to get him in the game the other day and let him get some game time experience. Hopefully we’ll be able to get him some more experience.”

– Had a brief chat with strong safety Tyvon Branch in the locker room today. He said he isn’t sure when he’s going to be able to return to practice or play in a game again.
Branch hasn’t played since he suffered an ankle injury against the Washington Redskins. The Raiders have carried Branch on the roster all season in hopes of his returning at some point.
When that is, no one knows. Allen said last week that he was hopeful of Branch being a week or two away.

– As it turned out, kicker Sebastian Janikowski wasn’t able to participate in practice. He was spotted taking part in stretching before practice started. However, Allen said that his kicker was held out because of the ribs he injured against the Eagles.

– Menelik Watson watched the video of his play against the Eagles and came away satisfied at how well he performed despite a lack of practice and game action since training camp started.
Still, he added, he isn’t in to being just satisfied. He wants to be a key cog on the Raiders offensive line, someone able to impact the game.
“I want to be a part of the reason why we win,” Watson said. “I want to be a difference-maker, not just a body. So, therefore, I wasn’t happy with the overall result.”
Watson made his regular-season debut against the Eagles last Sunday, but he didn’t enter the game until a toe injury sidelined right offensive tackle Matt McCants.
As of now, it appears as if Watson is going to make his starting debut this Sunday against the Giants. Allen said Watson graded out pretty well against the Eagles.
“He’s an extremely talented athlete for as big as he is,” Allen said in response to why Watson is able to succeed despite little experience in the game, even before this season. “He’s a great athlete. He has good power. Fundamentally he has to continue to work to improve. That’s probably the biggest area he needs to work to improve on because he hasn’t got a lot of experience.”

– Allen said receiver Juron Criner’s shoulder injury is an A-C sprain. Criner had his right shoulder in a sling during practice today. There’s no word on Criner’s status for Sunday’s game.

– Couldn’t help but notice Pryor talking about the difficulty in getting fullback Marcel Reece the ball as much as desired and thinking back to how the Raiders managed to get Rashad Jennings 22 touches against the Eagles on Sunday.
By comparsion, Reece has 25 touches in eight games this season. Pryor said Reece gives the Raiders a favorable matchup whenever he’s covered by a linebacker or safety, but teams have a penchant for using a cornerback on Reece.
It says here, throw the ball to Reece and take your chances with him and his 255-pound body against a cornerback that might tip the scales at 200 pounds.
“I know coach wants to get him the ball,” Pryor said, “it’s just tough to find the matchups because a lot of (teams) are starting to play him like a receiver.”

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  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    bwahahahahahahaha!!!! you mean
    pryor has turned moore into a legit wr

    end

  • the douche dan garcia

    no one thought pryor would be good cuz of all his problematic qb traits.

    the others got time cuz they had all the right traits.

    we can’t give every suspect qb a buncha time.

    pryor stinks.

  • rifflicks

    ain’t gonna happen….do you think people STUPID enough to Defend Pryor could understand that report?????

  • seymour bush

    Good point.

  • the douche dan garcia

    nope. a good qb would have us at 5-3. maybe 6-2.

    pryor has been awful. 72 rated qbs are awful.

  • KoolKell

    Flynch Btch.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    wrong bush as usual

    hansen is a known hater and like you touted tyler wilson

    he is taking shots because pryor has owned him until the o line regressed further

    the raiders nor do the real anylyst agree with hansen

    where would this team be right now without pryor?

    winless

  • Raider O

    I watched him play a few times. I don’t see 4.4 speed, and the kid is good, but there is a reason you can draft him in the 2nd or 3rd. He us not great. He has 20+ catches this season.
    Evans has 48 catches for 1100 yards and 11 TDs. Watkins has 58 catches, and Abbrederis has 45.

  • the douche dan garcia

    did u just say a qb who has 5 tds and 9 ints in 7 games with a 72 rating is “outstanding”?

    lol. like joe webb was outstanding in the playoffs last year?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    didnt say he was great, he would bring what this team doesnt have though

    big fast guy with great hands and body control

    perfect compliment to streater and moore

    also the fact that he can be had in the 2nd or 3rd means you can spend your high pick on what the team needs most, pass rusher or o line

  • Raider O

    Not the kind of RBs we need. We need a beast who can run behind an avg OL, despite a below avg-avg passing game, and a playmaker who can score points (catch and run).

  • Que

    You have to pull yourself away from the amazing escape acts he’s done at times and thrown across his body for a completion. While watching the gm , I was yelling at the tv for him to step up in the pocket and instead he was twirling back there. Then I read the article and he says same thing. hmmmm. Pryor is the only thing we have but we Have to draft a Qb and let the best man play. Period.

  • the douche dan garcia

    nope. pryor showed signs in his first two years of being good.

    it historically takes three years for wrs to arrive. documented.

    he had a nice rookie year, improved in his 2nd year in all categories, and has emerged as a top wr in his 3rd.

    just like a real player, moore has shown, regardless of surrounding talent.

    pryor? he has stunk.

  • KoolKell

    How does a Flynch btch figure they can lecture about QB play?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    you have to be able to complete your drop and sit in the pocket to make reads, pryor has pressure most of the time before he can complete his drop.

  • the douche dan garcia

    #27 qb in the nfl means he sucks.

    deal with the truth.

  • SnBG

    From 1985 on Elway only once threw for under 3000 yrds in a season usually throwing for over 3000 with a year in which he threw for 4000 yrds. His td to int ratio was usually more TD to ints. There where years in which he never threw more than 2 ints.

  • seymour bush

    You are exactly right. But the issue is, this was done by design. In a lot of instances the Philly defensive line did not crash in like some here want to believe, but were there to cage Pryor and make him be a pocket passer. When that happened, Pryor failed miserably, and then took himself out of the game. Kind of a sad end really…..

  • the douche dan garcia

    flynn’s “nightmare” game was far better than most of pryor’s.

    we were right.

  • Que

    We can win the game but We are living and dying with Pryor learning on job. Its tough but the truth is the truth.

  • Raider O

    Good point.
    I think we have to invest money or high picks in a WR that can help TP.
    Moore: 5th round
    Streater: undrafted
    Ford: 4th
    Criner : 5th
    Butler: 7th
    Holmes : undrafted
    Help the young kid and get him some weapons.

  • the douche dan garcia

    nope. he bails immediately when he doesn’t have to.

    excuses excuses.

    even when he throws, he looks subpar.

    he stinks. sorry.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    you have a point there as well

    i guess you cant go wrong drafting high a wr or a pass rusher for this team this year

    i would take either

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    he is ahead of the pace for all of those hall of fame qbs i mentioned

    child please

  • Que

    Winless maybe but his legs and one read is becoming a reality. He’s not trusting his WR’s if there not WIDE open

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    you have to have a pocket to sit in order to go through your reads

    he moves because pressure is coming and he doesnt trust his o line to hold up

    pressure is coming up the gut from the left and right

    3rd stringers, practice squad guys and off the street guys starting on our o line as we type

  • the douche dan garcia

    Missdick thinks talking about great qbs who struggled somehow means Pryor will be good.

    Hey dummy. Lots of crap qbs also struggled.

    Pretty sure Pryor belongs in that group.

  • the douche dan garcia

    Kell thinks talking about Flynn somehow hides how poorly Pryor has played.

  • the douche dan garcia

    Pryors career rating is 72.

    Kordell Stewart’s career rating is 72.

    I compared the two in preseason. Nothing has changed. Only been proven correct.

  • seymour bush

    That is like you lecturing someone on selling real estate. Doesn’t your card say, Zero homes sold since 1923?

  • rifflicks

    how does a bigoted racist think he can criticize anyone

  • seymour bush

    Nor is he trusting his offensive line. Or play caller. Or QB coach…..or

  • Raider O

    I agree.
    Speaking of pass rushers, who is your favorite guy? I doubt we will have a top 5 pick, but let’s assume we do.
    Clowney is a freak, but Barr has production and he is a freakish athlete too.
    I think I like Barr more.

  • rifflicks

    Hater …the word morons use to describe others when they’re just too STUPID to defend their opinions from those that disagree

  • seymour bush

    He has got you all there……

  • rifflicks

    he’s sprinting backwards when the ball is snapped….he an incompetent moron pretending to be a QB….and he sure has fooled a lot of you morons

  • seymour bush

    It is funny when you see a snap shot of the Raider offensive linemen holding their blocks, WR’s running down the field with no one around them and Terrelle Pryor completely focused on the guy selling ice cream in section 142.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    “… over six people served, ” Underwood & Paisley were awesome.

  • KoolKell

    Don’t know how a Flynch btch thinks he has Credibility.

    Narcissistic Trolls.

  • the douche dan garcia

    Cuz I’ve been right on every player evaluation.

    Every one.

  • seymour bush

    Let’s see your list of credibility: no homes sold since 1923. No job held since 1953. Living off some woman since 1974. Everything you have ever said about the Raiders is wrong. Not a lot to go on it appears…..

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Do we want to move up in the draft to select:Bridgewater, Moriata, Manziel, Murray or another QB in the first round, or even A&M’s other top tier LT, and/or Clowney?

  • eastoaklandraider

    I thought you weren’t a Pryor hater? Liar. But I already knew you were and a troll to boot

  • seymour bush

    Moriota will probably go first overall if things hold, so we won’t get a shot at him. Aaron Murray might be a nice consolation prize tho.

  • the douche dan garcia

    Last Sunday, he actually just decided to turn his back to defense and receivers and flat out sprint out if the pocket.

  • seymour bush

    I’m not a Pryor hater. I want him to succeed. But I don’t have my head up his azz like you do.

  • eastoaklandraider

    I critique Pryor as well I just don’t say stupid comments like you stated above.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Angry racist old man

  • rifflicks

    Doesn’t have to be 1st round to get a good QB
    Jeff Matthews or Derek Carr

  • KoolKell

    Not what your mama called me.