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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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  • PlunkforHOF

    I have a signed Plunkett jersey that I won’t wear until I attend a Super Bowl that we’re in. Have another that I wear on game days.

  • Raider O

    Not bad. Thx bro

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Most Unappreciated or Under appreciated or Under Valued Player from the previous year, I think.

  • Blackholepriest

    Most Underated Player, to have the best season.

  • Raider O

    Thx bro. Ausberry is a great choice. DMC.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Or Underrated!

  • VanHeathen30

    At least Cookie didn’t take him at #4 like he said he would have…hoping the kid gets healthy and stays tha way throughout the season.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Time for a list?

  • Blackholepriest

    Doesn’t Murray qualify under that description ?

    Actually so does Ausberry. Maybe!

  • Raider O

    Thx. Does DMC qualify?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I thought I’d saved the rules, but all I had was the lists and who picked whom.

  • PlunkforHOF

    No

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    He kind of would now, I’d think.

  • BigTed707

    I like Sio Moore

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I thought it was based on only the previous year’s play?

  • PlunkforHOF

    I thought veterans were excluded. We need Mista to guide us.

  • Blackholepriest

    Sure! Can someone tally the list?

  • Raider O

    What are the rules. It has to be someone who didn’t start before?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I thought they had to kind of underperform the previous year. Not playing doesn’t count.

  • Blackholepriest

    DMC doesn’t qualify he’s established.

  • Blackholepriest

    Correct! Unknown unestablished.

  • BigTed707

    I’m pretty sure every Raider would qualify – there are so many question marks at key positions.
    Maybe not Sims.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    What is expected of Ausberry?
    I expect him to continue to be what he was in college and in the NFL. Impressive in practice, often hurt and completely unproductive 9 out of 10 weekends.

  • bigsnow81

    I like autographs on cards, so I can display them in 9 card pages. I have a Plunkett auto in red ink. I will be getting a Stabler auto next. I could have scored an Al Davis auto for about $200 before he died. Now it’s about 2k.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I should fire up the XP and see if I still have the list. We could infer a lot from the names on it. Or we can just make up some new rules. As a collective, they’d probably wind up the same.

  • Raider O

    30-40 catches. 3-4 TDs.

  • Blackholepriest

    That’s not that far off…..come to think about it

  • PlunkforHOF

    I have a great Al 8×10 pic on my shrine wall. Not signed, though.

  • Raider O

    Ausberry and McGill.

  • BigTed707

    should those be the rules this year? “Not Sims”?

  • Blackholepriest

    By definition he qualifies…so mine is Ausberry/Murray tandem.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Yeah, he’s borderline depending on if we consider more than just the previous year.

  • J Hill

    Jack Crawford

  • bigsnow81

    Madden’s auto demands serious coin as well.

  • PlunkforHOF

    OK, MUP list rules
    No one who has been a starter for the Raiders.
    ???

  • Raider O

    Good one.
    It depends on Tuck staying healthy.

  • Blackholepriest

    They cannot very an established player on THIS TEAM.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    When have we had a starting TE NOT DO THAT?

  • Blackholepriest

    Shucks I should’ve got McGill. Forgot him!

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    MUP = Dennis Allen

  • Raider O

    Splitting reps with Rivera.

  • PlunkforHOF

    There can be only one.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    My understanding was he did play for the Raiders last year and makes the biggest jump this year. Say Brice Butler came up big this year, he’d be in serious contention.

  • Raider O

    Lmao
    That’s funny

  • Guest123

    http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/nfl/47833/260/re-watching-andre-holmes

    Don’t know if this was posted yet. Interesting scouting report of Andre Holmes 2013 season.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    That BTW would almost triple is NFL production for his career.
    I think anything from Ausberry over about 5 games, 15 catches and 150 yards is completely house money.

  • Guest123

    What does the P stand for?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Kind of like a projected most Improved list.

  • J Hill

    What does the P stand for again?

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Person