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D.J. Hayden feeling better physically and mentally

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Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden’s rookie season started with abdominal surgery related to a near-fatal heart injury suffered in his final college season and it ended with a groin injury, leaving him little time to actually concentrate on playing football after the Raiders drafted him in the first round.

Hayden has had no such limitations this offseason, leaving defensive coordinator Jason Tarver to say that the cornerback is on the upswing heading into his second season. Hayden agrees with that assessment and feels that the change in circumstance has come about mentally as well as physically.

“I’m great, I’m feeling a whole lot better,” Hayden said, via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com. “I’ve been lifting, working out, and I actually got a full offseason in so I’m ready. I’m ready for the season to start. [Last year], in the OTAs, because seeing all my teammates out there working out and I’m hooked up to IVs, it might mess up anybody’s head a little bit, but I’m way over that now.”

Given the scare Hayden got with his heart in 2012, it’s not surprising that he needed a little time to get into the right mental space before he could totally focus on football. Now that he has, the Raiders will be looking for a big jump in productivity as they try to build a defense that can help end their lengthy playoff drought.

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10 Responses to “D.J. Hayden feeling better physically and mentally”
  1. Raider Jon says: Jun 2, 2014 8:55 AM

    Bring it, DJ. The D has got to take pressure off of Schaub so he can get into a groove.

  2. humb0lt says: Jun 2, 2014 9:04 AM

    The Raiders may reach six wins this season.

  3. therealtruth210 says: Jun 2, 2014 9:18 AM

    The chargers will never win a Super Bowl…WORST FRANCHISE in football

  4. r8rsfan says: Jun 2, 2014 9:20 AM

    DJ has proven that he is tough, resilient and wants to work. And he’s a man, not a diva.

  5. chitownraider says: Jun 2, 2014 9:58 AM

    This guy wants to be great last year when he was at OTA’s he tried to sneak out of the red jersey to practice with his team the guy just got hurt had some setbacks do to nearly dying give the man a 16 game season to prove his worth I think he’s going to surprise a lot of people this year

  6. williamwallacewouldhavebeenaraider says: Jun 2, 2014 10:32 AM

    humb0lt says:
    Jun 2, 2014 9:04 AM
    The Raiders may reach six wins this season.
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    The Chargers may reach oh I forgot no one cares about the Chargers. Except for there 200 hundred fans that is. Bwahahahahahahahahahahah

  7. raiderfanatic4life says: Jun 2, 2014 11:00 AM

    The Chargers have 200 fans? Since when do they have that many? Every time the Raiders play them in their own stadium all I see is black and silver jerseys everywhere.

  8. williamwallacewouldhavebeenaraider says: Jun 2, 2014 11:55 AM

    raiderfanatic4life says:
    Jun 2, 2014 11:00 AM
    The Chargers have 200 fans? Since when do they have that many? Every time the Raiders play them in their own stadium all I see is black and silver jerseys everywhere.
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    True true humbolt bwahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. raiderapologist says: Jun 2, 2014 12:58 PM

    humb0lt says: Jun 2, 2014 9:04 AM

    The Raiders may reach six wins this season.
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    Charger fans always get excited when they have a winning season. It’s all they know.

  10. hendeeze says: Jun 2, 2014 3:53 PM

    The way Peyton abused the former 12th overall pick both games should be criminal.

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