May 20, 2013; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden (25) at organized team activities at the Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders: D.J. Hayden Eager to Get Going


The Oakland Raiders have to be pleased with what they’re seeing out of rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden these first few days of training camp.

On Monday, Hayden tried to sneak out on the field in a regular, black practice jersey, but the coaching staff noticed and forced him to put on the red non-contact uniform.

Hayden is coming off of abdominal surgery, and we all know about the devastating near-death experience he suffered last year in a freak accident on the football field.

Therefore, the Raiders want to limit contact with him during practice, but Hayden doesn’t seem to like it.

“He wants to go,” head coach Dennis Allen told CSN Bay Area. “I think that’s the great thing about him. That speaks to the type of guys that we’re trying to bring in here, guys that love playing football. He wants to practice and play. D.J.’s that type of guy and I’m excited about the fact that he’s ready mentally and physically.”

Remember the days when the Raiders had egotistical divas like Richard Seymour and Rolando McClain at training camp?

Those days are long gone. It’s great to see a guy like Hayden eager to get going and take the next step.

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