Oct 6, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ronnie Brown (23) carries the ball against Oakland Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden (25) during the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Oakland Raiders defeated the San Diego Chargers 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 10/13: Hayden Under the Microscope, Dorsey Fits in with 49ers, Hertl Injured

Hayden Under the Microscope

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 Comfortable with 49ers

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

Hertl Injured in Win

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

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