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Raiders notes: Hayden sidelined with groin strain

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, November 7th, 2013 at 5:55 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Rookie cornerback DJ Hayden missed practice Thursday with a groin strain and is no lock to play for the Raiders against the New York Giants.

Allen said Hayden was injured during Wednesday’s practice but he didn’t find out about until after he was done talking with the media.

“We’ll have to evaluate him and see how he’s doing and see how quickly that thing responds,’’ Allen said.

The Raiders play the Giants Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Hayden said Wednesday he was looking forward to getting back on the field after giving up three passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns in coverage in a 49-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Raiders’ nickel cornerback, Hayden plays on the outside with Tracy Porter moving into the slot when opponents use three receivers. The Giants have three wide receiver sets featuring Hakeen Nicks, Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle.

If Hayden can’t play, Phillip Adams will be the nickel corner. Adams has two interceptions for the Raiders last season when pressed into action because of injuries.

“We’ve got all the confidence in the world in P.A.,’’ Allen said. “When he came in last year and had an opportunity to play, he played real well. That’ bee an easy transition for us.’’

– Running back Rashad Jennings is uninterested in re-living his first 100-yard game since 2010 given the end result.

Jennings subbed for Darren McFadden in the second quarter and had positive yardage on each of his 15 carries, finishing with 102 yards. He’ll likely be the feature back against the Giants as McFadden missed his second day of practice with a hamstring strain.

“It felt like it was supposed to,’’ Jennings said. “Like I always tell you guys _ you’re called to duty, you go make plays. Regardless of that, the outcome was we lost. (We) didn’t do enough. However you slice it or dice it, we go out there to play games to win.’’

Jennings has remained consistent with that theme since he arrived at training camp. He repeated it during a community outing Tuesday to students.

“One thing I left them was, when I was in high school, I always kept a quote, `When opportunity presents itself, it’s too late to prepare for it,’ ‘’ Jennings said. “So every day, be prepared to be that guy.’’
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor said“We saw Rashad make a lot of guys miss and run over a lot of guys,’’ Jennings said. “We’er definitely going to miss Darren because he may miss the game, but I have a lot of trust in Jennings and I believe he can get the job done.’’

Jennings has been a mainstay on special teams, blocking a pair of punts as well as recovering an onside kick to seal the win over Pittsburgh.

– Getting the ball Marcel Reece has been a weekly topic, with everyone from general manager Reggie McKenzie to Allen to offensive coordinator Greg Olson at one time or another conceding their Pro Bowl fullback has been underutilized.

Through eight games, Pryor 13 carries for 57 yards and 12 receptions for 108 yards _ 25 touches for 165 yards and one touchdown.

Last season, Reece had 59 carries for 271yards and 52 receptions for 496 yards on 16 games. _ more than double the work load on a per game basis.

Pryor said part of the reason is opponents are guarding Reece with a cornerback.

“A corner on Marcel, not to say he can’t do it, but it’s very tough,’’ Pryor said. “Marcel is a great match-up versus a linebaqcker or a safety and we’re not really getting a lot of those looks.’’

– Aside from Hayden and McFadden, those who didn’t practice Thursday were wide receiver Juron Criner (shoulder), safety Tyvon Branch (ankle), linebacker Kaluka Maiava (ribs), tackle Matt McCants (toe), and tackle Tony Pashos (hip).

Sebastian Janikowski (ribs) was limited, got in some kicking and will play. Guard-center Andre Gurode (knee) was limited and Allen isn’t sure if he’ll reclaim his left guard spot from Lucas Nix.

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  • R8erEduc8er

    Yep. That’s how it goes round these parts.

  • Raider O

    My 1st priority is a lineman. Last time I checked pass rushers in 4-3 scheme are DEs.
    Ford was a 4th round pick for a reason. We need playmakers.
    If the OL is the problem as you continue to argue (DMC example), then how come Jennings and Reece can avg more than 4 YPC, but DMC can’t?
    We need play makers.
    Assuming we resign JV, our OL next year:
    JV
    26 yo rookie
    Wiz
    MB, late round pick, UDFA, FA
    Watson

  • RediaR

    It would be the first time he does anything they disagree with.

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

    Dennis Allen is not the problem, but you can bet your brand new bicycle Reggie will fire him as the scapegoat to earn himself another year or two

  • willy91137

    the Giants have a very good front 7 2 very good wide receivers a quarterback named Manning what do the Raiders have a front seven made up of players off other teams second string and third string players a rookie quarterback and we don’t play well on the road

  • Raideraholic

    Dennis is not the problem? lol
    He certainly isn’t the solution.

  • R8erEduc8er

    2015 at the earliest.

  • RediaR

    The Giants have a very good slot WR an okay backup WR and a slow, injured version of DHB

  • Charlie

    JFB
    I do not think Ford or Dmac will be with us next year but if given a significant amount of time and space they can be effective.
    We have seen that.

    As I have said many times, who in college today can be a difference maker with no Oline blocking for them?

    TP is about as athletic as they get and yet he is running for his life on far too many plays.
    Last Sunday is a classic example of an average team beating us soundly on both lines WHEN THE GAME WAS IN THE BALANCE. Five minutes into Q 3 it was garbage time.
    Another example of how stats can be total BS.
    500 yards of total offense and we got pounded.

  • willy91137

    You have to have talented players to win Dennis Allen is the first defensive minded coach the Raiders have had in years were just not use to that when AL running things we got all the fastest players in the draft and the defense stayed the same every year

  • RediaR

    Given space, Ford will fumble and sprain his ankle.
    Given space, DMC will run directly into the nearest LB.

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

    DA is a good coach, despite what you hate mongerers type. Reggie asked him to bake a cake with nothing but a pan full of cow dung

  • Breaking_Black

    Look I totally get not wanting to bash DA at this point, but where do you get the idea that he’s a GOOD coach?

  • Raideraholic

    Good coaches DO NOT allow last week to happen! Raiders were UNPREPARED.

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

    good coaches never get blown out, even once ?? chillax

  • RediaR

    Check out some good coaches who have bad teams at some point. You will see blowouts.

  • eastoaklandraider

    We all know how much of a knee-jerk crowd we have here that’s just something you have to put up with here.

  • Raideraholic

    Once maybe. How many times has DA been blown out in his short career?

  • Veldiman

    Correct, Charlie. We can yell and scream as much as we want, but you have to be able to rush the ball, protect the passer, stop the run and sack the QB. Simple NFL 101. When the Raiders were good, both sides of the lines were dominant. HOF players on both sides of the ball.

  • Raideraholic

    To many blowouts for my liking.
    Yes, we have less talent but this is the NFL and these guys are in the NFL for a reason. there is no excuse for games like last week.

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

    how many new starters on defense? is Branch hurt? is Hayden a rookie?

  • Raideraholic

    How long are the excuses going to be acceptable? another 10 years?

  • Raider O

    Lol

  • willy91137

    good coaches don’t get blown out come on man

  • eastoaklandraider

    I have to disagree about the dline and the edgerusher our dline is playing well another good rusher to compliment Houston would go a long way.

  • RediaR

    As long as they are valid.

  • RediaR

    Yeah, throw in an edge rusher who doesn’t require a 5th or 6th rusher to make an impact and this DL is suddenly stout against the run and the pass.

  • Mike_Trail

    Next year will be the best litmus test for both Reggie’s ability to draft well and sign free agents, and for Dennis Allen to incorporate that talent and coach them up. Ford will be gone, DMac will be gone, and Houston and Veldy could also quite possibly be gone…he had better have a plan in place to replace that vacuum as well as signing some difference makers. I know the plan is to re-sign Veldy, and thankfully he tore his tri-ceps in a contract year, but Im not going to hold my breath and say its a slam dunk we re-sign him AND Houston..but we will see. Next year there will be plenty of money to bring in some QUALITY free agents, and there will be alot of them. I am excited to see how D.A implements them. If its anything like the lip service they have been singing about implementing Marcel…then its not going to make a damn bit of difference.

  • Raideraholic

    Tell me who agrees with this:
    I get frustrated when I see us show potential as we have a few times this year only to resort back to the “same old Raiders”. When do we stop being our own worse enemy?
    Last week we have momentum after a victory and we are playing at home against an east coast team and not only do we lose but we get EMBARASSED

    Maybe if I did not see the flashes of brilliance this year I would just write this year off as another learning year.

    That’s what makes it tougher imo.

  • Raider O

    We have JV, Wiz, Watson, and the 26 yo rookie. All 2nd and 3rd round picks. Are you suggesting that we draft an OG with our 1st round pick or draft depth at the OT position (assuming we resign JV)?
    We need WRs than catch and run routes, we need a good TE than can block and catch, and we need a RB that can run and catch and avg more than 4ypc.
    On defense we need pass rushers and DBs.

  • Veldiman

    Hmm, weren’t we all yelling for this during the draft, free agency and maybe in during the trading deadline?

  • Mike_Trail

    They better make re-signing Houston a major priority, and then target a proven free agent or a decently high pick in the draft. No more dumpster diving for an edge rusher to complement Houston.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Pryor 400 of those yards by himself.

  • Mike_Trail

    TP just needs to make quicker decisions, he seems very indecisive at times.

  • Veldiman

    What exactly has he done well/good? Never mind about what he doesn’t have. Other than reducing the penalties, what has he done to earn another year?

  • RediaR

    I would disagree that momentum in the way you mean it actually exists because frankly, all of history. But I digress.

    My counter would be that maybe that potential that was shown has to do with coaching overcoming lack of high level talent and not the other way around. Does it suck to get embarrassed like that? It sure as Luck does, but that doesn’t mean it’s all on the coaching.

  • RediaR

    Yeeeeeuuup

  • RediaR

    and a qb

  • RediaR

    Put 10 more guys out on the field with him and we may have something.

  • Raider O

    We are building around TP. The staff is going to give him another year, if he continues to improve.

  • RediaR

    “Continues” is still questionable word choice.

  • Raideraholic

    I am not 100% blaming coaching I’m also not letting them off the hook.
    If my daughter does something wrong at school I feel partially responsible since I am the one that parented or “coached” her if you will.
    I think next year there will be better coaches available that can do a better job with the Raiders and faster.
    The Raider coaching job will be very appealing next year.
    No more guys learning on the job.

  • Papertiger

    No way. If we find ourselves missing either of those two guys next season, our team will already be in the crāpper. Time to move on and do to the offense what they’ve done to the defense.

  • Raider O

    Can’t blame TP for allowing 7 TDs. The kid is improving. The coaches know it, the media noticed it, and most fans know it.

  • RediaR

    TP has looked like a viable QB option for roughly 5 quarters so far this season.

  • RediaR

    Most fans think DMC would be good “if he could only stay healthy”. I don’t put much stock into what most fans think.

  • NewEra S&B

    Jennings knows how to turn nothing into something.. His vision on the field is ten fold that of DMC’s and he’s working towards becoming a premier back in this league. Definitely looking forward to his start this Sunday.

    As for Ford? Guy stands about 5’9″, running a 4.28. He doesn’t run crisp routes, he gets thrown around like a rag doll, and he should be the deep threat that his speed would suggest but he’s just not.

    I used to pull for DMC. But I’m tired of losing as well. Time to drop the liabilities.

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

    The Raider coaching job will be very appealing next year.
    No more guys learning on the job.
    ***
    HB – the GM job will be appealing next year too. no out of whack contracts. no dead money. tons of cap money and draft picks. an owner who minds his own business. possibility of a new stadium. A well respected coaching staff too (besides maybe Olson & Saunders), should the new GM choose to retain it

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

    nobody blocked for Pryor or caught his passes? AMAZING!!

  • Charlie

    O
    Round 1 or 2:
    We need a defensive lineman that can rush the passer AND STOP THE RUN. A more dynamic Lamarr Houston.
    The Eagles game showed how ineffective our Dline can be.
    We need a Guard that can pass block AND GET TO THE SECOND LEVEL on draws, sweeps and traps.
    Gene Upshaw was a first round pick.
    Round three;
    A WR that can get open and catch the ball.
    We have Mastrud on the field because of weak Oline play.
    If we fix the Oline a guy like Ausberry or Rivera could be very effective.