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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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  • rifflicks

    really Fool???

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Did she mention the stench,too?

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

    You are correct do not be blinded by the hype.

  • the douche dan garcia

    “Go give that poor man a dollar.”

  • rifflicks

    no she called an Impotent Smelly old Fool

  • eastoaklandraider

    Lol, lurking waiting for my post.

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

    Its over for Pryor we have seen his ceiling. He is a faster version of Tebow. Great guy works hard can run well but does not have an NFL caliber throwing arm. We will be drafting a QB in April.

  • Rico Stifler

    And what about all the times he scrambled when there wasn’t any pressure?

    Pryor is incapable of reading a defense. He is incapable of reading more than half the field. He can’t go through his progressions cuz he is too slow. I saw this Sports Science thing where they tested to see how long it takes Big Ben to go through his progressions, among other things. In the first two minutes of the video, you can tell that he does a lot more than Pryor could even try to do. And that is just pre-snap.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=En6cTw1nGSo

  • rifflicks

    don’t flatter yourself Fool

  • Rico Stifler

    And most Pryor defenders will only start bashing Flynn instead of actually defending Pryor.

  • rifflicks

    or mind

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

    Pryor just doesn’t have a QB’s mentality. He is not able to make reads at the LOS he cannot process the information fast enough. His first instinct are to run. His arm is not NFL caliber. We will be drafting a QB in April.

  • Rico Stifler

    9 doesn’t mean attacking the OL, it means they’re playing the run and likely with outside contain with the DEs or OLBs….

  • Rico Stifler

    I want to sign Ben Tate or draft Lache Seastrunk….. Just my 2 cents….

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

    He always talks about my mom this is old news.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Pass rusher or WR – whichever is the greater talent when we select.

  • rifflicks

    I’ve had a few talk about mine too….but the funny thing is she’s 74 years old

  • 0ak R8rs

    I don’t have the same opinions of these players and moves that you do. Seymour being resigned was actually a costs savings move. I know it didn’t seem like it at the time, and I’m now capologist, but I’ve read from others the it was a good move. Briesel hasn’t been able to walk the two years we’ve had him, but he’s in every game, and took a pay cut. Flynn was bad. No argument there. Definitely his biggest failure, particularly when you consider he already had tendinitis before he got here. That one pissed me off.

    But the money does matter. First of all, players play for money, location and uniform colors, maybe in that order. We only have one of the three. Last year we were dumpster diving. This year we could afford second tier, backup type guys. Next year we can start signing starters.

  • 0ak R8rs

    I can appreciate that perspective. But Hue couldn’t keep his mouth shut. Also, I think he took too many chances in his game decisions. Ironically, I think DA is the polar opposite. Somewhere in the middle of the two would be best IMO.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    so now greg olson is scrambling to make excuses for that pos incognito.

    incognito is a racist white supremacist that berated a player with the n word.

    i could see why olson would stick up for him though, after all he himself dehumanized pryor and called him a “toy’

    these racist stick together

    disgusting

  • Rico Stifler

    Drafting or possibly trading for a young talented QB in Cousins or Foles.

    I don’t think Pryor is even capable of doing all the pre-snap things that a real QB needs to do. In the Big Ben video I posted, he rattles off a list of all the things he does pre-snap and I don’t think Pryor could come close to doing that. Big Ben’s eyes go from WR to DB and back again in 50 millisecond intervals while he is going through his progressions… Pryor can only dream of doing that.

    Pryor just doesn’t have the Football IQ, mechanics or the awareness to be a real QB.

  • the douche dan garcia

    @Jerrymcd: Raiders OC Greg Olson has talked with Richie Incognito this week. Coached him in St.Louis Incognito feels a lot taken out of context.

  • rifflicks

    you wouldn’t a rat’s patoot about Pryor if he was white….which makes you no different at heart than Incognito

  • Rico Stifler

    Mariota is only a redshirt sophomore, I believe. He could stay in school for another year.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    According to Mike Pouncey, Incognito was considered an “honorary black man.” I take it you don’t agree?

  • NewEra S&B

    This is the year of the QB-WR fellas.. Take Mike Evans out of Texas A&M. 6’5″ 225. Huge, big bodied target. Ridiculous hands and body control. A bit on the slow side, but so is Anquan Boldin eh?

    Then we have Sammy Watkins out of Clemson, another fast guy. With super YAC potential.

    All these Marqise Lee problems are affecting his draft stock in my oppinion. But he’s the most intelligent receiver coming out of the bunch, in terms of where to be and how to separate. Sure hands as well.

    So Mike Evans. First round. Yup.

  • Rico Stifler

    I agree with Derek Carr, but by the time the draft rolls around, he could move up to the first round. There could be like possibly six first round QBs. I know I have previously listed up to eight or nine teams who could draft a QB in the first round.

  • NewEra S&B

    If he’s smart he’ll get his degree.

  • rifflicks

    Matthews could be another Flacco

  • 0ak R8rs

    Like Barkley? Haha

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    first someone needs to define that term, i dont know what that means.

    second just because a player classified as black is trying to diffuse the issue is not proof of anti racism on incognitos part
    incognito was empowered to do this by 3 powerful white men, the head coach gm and owner

    what player classified as black could take on that four some of white supremacy without fear of losing thier job?

    none

    just as slaves on a plantation at times defended the slave master for fear of a worse condition coming next

    not shocking at all

  • NewEra S&B

    Exactly like Barkley.. If the NFL doesn’t pan out, you’ve got the BA to fall back on.

  • Rico Stifler

    Keep an eye out for Davante Adams if he declares after this season. 6’2, 215, great vertical ability, great hands, always catches the ball away from his body, has insane body control when going for the ball at it’s highest point, great red zone target. I think he has 4.5 speed.

  • the douche dan garcia

    U have to be a ruse. No one can be this stupid.

  • seymour bush

    ouch!!

  • NewEra S&B

    You Fresno State alum? Been pushing hard for these Bulldogs. Right on if you are.

  • 0ak R8rs

    For some, it might be better to take your shot and go first round instead of sliding to the 4th. An education is important, but 2 or 3 years of college for a guy that has some money in his pocket is good enough to start his own business or something. Education is important, obviously. But some of these guys get punished by waiting. On many levels.

  • Rico Stifler

    Maybe, but I’d take my chances with Carr.

  • the douche dan garcia

    @VicTafur: New on the injury report: #Raiders CB DJ Hayden did not practice Thursday with a groin injury

  • Rico Stifler

    Not an alum, but it is my hometown.

  • fingersrdrs

    The last thing in the world the Raiders need is a distraction like incognito…. Hes not coming here….

  • Rico Stifler

    Hell no to Manziel…..

  • KoolKell

    Pretty interesting TP sides with Martin today. Yeah, we don’t need that.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    do you speak english you inbred?

    if you cant refute my case with an intelligent argument remain silent

    what does pryor have to do with icognito throwing around the n word or olson commiserating with him?

  • bcz24

    Second most. Russell Wilson has the most, and still doing moderately well, but like TP is struggling a bit. I agree our oline is hurting TP, but his decision making has regressed. He was sharp against SD, and just hasn’t been since the KC game. Hopefully with Gurode back this week and Hulk next week he can get a little more comfortable and get back on track

  • rifflicks

    what did you expect from a Mental Titan like Pryor???

  • fingersrdrs

    Hope Hayden can play… He needs to rebound …

  • seymour bush

    Once again, we could listen to Mike Pouncey who in three short years has quickly become the cornerstone of the Miami Dolphins offense. Or we could listen to some of the knuckleheads here. I wonder who we should listen to?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    by the way if anyone thinks this incognito business is isolated, please read. you will find out that this sort of thing IS SPORTS CULTURE!!! from pop warner on up. This is a reflection of the t roosevelt attitude.

    read the slave side of sunday by former nfl player (former raider) anthony prior

    or the 40 million dollar slaves

    dont respond to this post without proof to back your claim

    read up or shut up

    thanks

  • rifflicks

    Let me break it down so a moron like you can understand…..you are as bigoted and narrow minded as Incognito…..in fact you wouldn’t’ give a hoot about Pryor if he was a White man….which makes you as evil as Incognito