Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden’s draft status is a blessing and a curse. The No. 12 overall pick makes more than most his age, even with the new, slimming, rookie wage scale.
In Oakland, people know him. His jersey is popular in Raider Nation, with No. 25s all over Oakland Coliseum. On Sundays, that spotlight becomes an electron microscope.
Every pass thrown his way, every catch against him is analyzing and dissected at length. At some points, ad nauseam.
- Scott Bair, CSN Bay Area
Dorsey thinks this is probably the best defensive fit for him in his six NFL seasons. And it’s funny, he’s in a 3-4 defense.
When he was drafted out of LSU, Dorsey was considered a star-in-the-making 4-3 defensive tackle. Several scouts thought he was the best prospect in the draft. However, in 2009, the Chiefs changed regimes and moved to a 3-4. Dorsey was considered a misfit defensive end for a 3-4 scheme. He played, and played decently, in the 3-4 before becoming a free agent this past offseason.
Many league observers were shocked Dorsey chose to sign with the 49ers, another 3-4 team. However, for the first time he is playing nose tackle in a 3-4, and he is shining. Dorsey has been terrific since taking over for Ian Williams, who was lost for the season in Week 2.
- Bill Williamson, ESPN
Brent Burns’ third period goal broke a 2-2 tie, and the Sharks remained perfect with a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.It wasn’t all good news, though, as rookie sensation Tomas Hertl left the game late in second period after a hit by the Senators’ Clarke MacArthur. No immediate updates were given on Hertl’s condition. The 19-year-old scored his league-leading seventh goal early in the first period.- Kevin Kurz, CSN Bay Area