Raiders CB DJ Hayden will have to earn his way back on field through practice performance


ALAMEDA _ If DJ Hayden gets back on the field on Sundays, it will happen because of what he did Wednesday through Friday.

When Ken Norton Jr. was asked Thursday whether Hayden’s reaction to being benched in favor of David Amerson was a positive one, the Raiders defensive coordinator was terse and direct.

“It’s competition and we just want to keep stressing, you practice hard, you perform, you’ll play, and the same thing on the adverse side of it,” Norton said. “If you don’t practice and you don’t perform, you won’t play. We have a competitive group and it’s week to week.

“You play hard, you perform, and that’s what practices are for. You can’t waste your time in practice. It’s a time to get better.”

Hayden struggled virtually all season as the starting left cornerback. When the Raiders finally moved Amerson in to the starting lineup, Hayden dropped almost entirely out of the defensive backs rotation. Neiko Thorpe moved ahead of Hayden as the fifth defensive back and played 32 snaps. Hayden played only five snaps on defense and six on special teams.

According to stats tabulated Raiders coaches tape, Amerson has 18 passes defensed, twice as many as TJ Carrie, who ranks second with nine, while Charles Woodson has eight. In the Tennessee game alone, Amerson had six passes defensed _ one more than Hayden has in 10 starts.

— Center Rodney Hudson was on the field during the media window as the Raiders began practice Thursday. So was safety Charles Woodson, whose normal routine is to take Wednesday off and practice Thursday.





Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Rico Stifler

    Right now, Keepers are Carr, Charles, Bell and Antonio brown.

  • Rico Stifler

    Thinking of trying to trade Charles and another player for a younger RB after the season.

  • BigTed707

    new post.

  • DJ Johnny

    So you’ve heard of that place? Hah. Yeah, Cabrini Green is very close to downtown bars/ restaurants etc and our cheap azzes didn;t wanna pay for parking…so we saw space there. We didn;t realize it was Cabrini Green until that guy approached us.

    That’s the weird thing about downtown around Rush st. and Division. When u leave, if you don’t know where you’re going…one wrong turn and the landscape changes into a spooky urban slum-like scene.

  • 24

    They’re putting food in my stomach…that’s all that matters.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Being from So Cal-NorCal now- I’m used to the rest of you being jealous. You always have been, and always will be.
    And you shouldn’t be.

  • jesusraiderjim

    Yeah luckily when I went I had LOCAL tour guides

  • hysteric

    News flash: Hayden sucks.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    That’s an odd response for a guy who touts progressive pols and ideas as they are the most controlling of any in the States.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    I think Mr. Moore was immature in his notion that his place on the team was secure. I do believe he overestimated his worth. He didn’t quite calculate that last year’s team wasn’t this year’s team and last year’s coaching staff wasn’t this year’s coaching staff. He thought his injury and his rehab could move at HIS pace.

  • I’m still here

    Why did you post twice?

  • I’m still here

    Hayden Vader

  • Raiders for Life

    Ummm the whole Raider D sucks