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Woodson: Hayden needs practice if he’s to make impact

The Raiders are counting upon second-year cornerback DJ Hayden to make a bigger contribution this season than he did last year, when abdominal and groin injuries limited Hayden’s practice and game time.
For that to happen, Hayden needs to be healed enough from the ankle injury he suffered in an offseason workout to the point he can practice, veteran defensive back Charles Woodson said Wednesday.
“The way you get better at this game is being out there on the field,” Woodson said. “There’s only so much being in the film room, or looking at the film or studying the plays, there’s only so far that’s going to take you.”
Coach Dennis Allen said late in the offseason that he expected Hayden to be back at full strength in time for the first training camp practice Friday. That remains to be seen.
Hayden wasn’t spotted during the players check-in period that the media was permitted to observe Wednesday. He also wasn’t available for comment.
Woodson, entering his 17th NFL season, missed some time early in his career as a result of turf-foe injuries. He speaks from experience when he talks about the importance of practice.
If Hayden misses significant practice time during training camp, Woodson said, it’s going to be a “big setback.” Hayden was limited during training camp last season as he recovered from a May surgery to remove scar tissue in his abdominal region.
“You need to be out on the field,” Woodson said, “and, along with that, other guys are going to be getting reps. If you’re not out there, proving what you can do, how do you ever get back into the lineup?
“That will be the test for him and hopefully it’s not nothing that’s going to hold him out the whole camp and he doesn’t have to worry about being on (physically unable to perform list) or anything like that, because he’s a guy we feel he can help us out around here. It has the potential to be a setback, but hopefully it’s not.”

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  • Raider O

    So why did you get a Gannon autograph? Lol

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I think once the 1st practice starts, there is no PUP list possibility. To go on Regular season PUP list(out 6 weeks) you had to already be onthe PUP list, which you can’t get on after the 1st practice.

  • bigsnow81

    Gannon is worthy!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I had many questions as well. Condo? Seabass? Glo? Grads? Palmer?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Yes he is.

  • c2e

    Hayden starts day1 Up vote yes. Down vote no.

  • Dakota

    He needs practice…..and a new body.

  • scinfidel

    Delaware should be sued for copyright infringement.. that is embarrassing.

  • c2e

    Even if he’s healthy CWood is not high on the dude.

  • bigsnow81

    I never was excited about the pick.

  • http://batman-news.com accupolco gold aka elmo

    Oakland y Balimorès ès be AFC campeonato contesto y Oakland ès be victorioso. Yu ès lissèn to it por me eh first.

  • bigsnow81

    I will exclude Palmer and Gradkowski. Seabass is a kicker and a waste of time. Bo Jackson demands serious coin, more than Marcus Allen.

  • Dakota

    Woodson was a walking injury and a locker room cancer in the past here, so I don’t put much stock in his opinion.

  • bigsnow81

    Woodson showed up to play for the most part. Had an INT in the Super Bowl.

  • Raider O

    He is worthy, but I wouldn’t consider him a “Raider great”.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I was pretty much joking about all but Condo. He’s only a LS, but makes a lot of plays downfield as well, and mightbe the best LS we’ve had. Unless ST just doesn’t qualify. But if it does, RR will shill for Johnny Lee Higgens!

  • Raider O

    TP?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I would. Just barely.

  • Dakota

    He picked off Gannon too?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    One of the greatest ever at dividing the Nation!

  • Raider O

    He played 4 great seasons, but is that enough? 5 INTs in the SB? Not IMHO

  • Dakota

    Plays downfield? 10 career tackles, 8 assists…..

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    This one time I saw 2 gay guys kissing in the park and I thought….that is the gayest thing I have ever seen….until NOW!

  • bigsnow81

    Lamonica, Stabler, Plunkett, and Gannon. 4 Super Bowl QB’s. Short list of QB’s.

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Hey “rape van” where you been?

  • Raider O

    He was a great divider.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Actually, he was when analyzing his play last season. Said he made the usual rookie errors, but was nearly always in position to make a play. Just needed to get more game time to improve on that. But therein lies the rub,now.

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Good point

  • Blackholepriest

    My M.U.P. is a tie between Latavius Murray and Ausberry. I guess Ausberry doesn’t qualify anymore since so much is expected. So it’s Murray…..

  • bigsnow81

    I have 2 autographs of JLH. I was expecting to much out of the class of ’07.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    He had a little something to do with the Tuck Rule too.

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    I like Murray a lot I hope he can stay healthy this year.

  • Raider O

    Plunkett won 2 SB.
    Lamonica and stabler are legends.
    Gannon had 4 good seasons and Lost a SB. Can’t mention him with the best QBs in a Raiders history.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    We need to set down some guidelines and tell BigSnow who he’s allowed to collect and who he isn’t!

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    We knew it when Reggie made the pick. You don’t pick a guy like that when you need immediate impact players. Most of us here wanted Star.

  • Raider O

    Me too. I thought JLH and Bing were steals. Lol

  • bigsnow81

    Gannon is the best QB I have seen play for the Raiders. IMHO, a Raider great.

  • Raider O

    Lol
    Agreed. Can’t just go around collecting your favorite players autographs and claim they were great.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Of course! They focus on taking him out first!

  • Raider O

    Me too. Born in 79.

  • bigsnow81

    I have a Plunkett card with a piece of the goal post from Super Bowl XV.

  • Blackholepriest

    It’s par for the course with Reggie he zigs when he should’ve zagged.

    But my boy Ansah is also ion the P.U.P. But at he establish what kind of player he is before he got hurt.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    You need to post a picture of the shrine!

  • Raider O

    That’s great. Want to sell it?

  • bigsnow81

    Hey, I was at the Pro Bowl when Gannon threw for 3 TD’s.

  • Raider O

    J/k

  • Raider O

    Is he the next DMC?

  • bigsnow81
  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I don’t think they’d qualify under the semi unofficial MUP rules.

  • Raider O

    What does MUP stands for again. I forgot. Damn trees. Lol