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ALAMEDA – Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden had good moments and bad on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, his first outing with significant snaps this season.
The second-year pro was generally happy with an outing where he was targeted seven times and allowed just two receptions for 25 yards. He was disappointed in a pair of interceptions he should’ve secured and a pair of flags he didn’t entirely agree with.
Generally speaking, there were positives to build on from 69 defensive snaps against Seattle.
“There was progress,” Hayden said. “I got my hands on the ball, which is a good thing though I should’ve made those plays. There are things I need to clean up in terms of technique, but I’m glad I was able to get out there and give our defense an opportunity to do something.”
Hayden played five snaps the week prior against Cleveland, his first action since being taken off the physically unable to perform list. He missed seven weeks recovering from foot surgery.
Interim head coach Tony Sparano saw room for improvement, but he was happy to see mental retention from all the meetings attended while out with injury.
“I’ve been impressed with how he’s handled things mentally, which how involved he’s been in meetings,” Sparano said. “All that’s been really good. That showed up on Sunday. I didn’t think he made mental errors. He suffered from some fundamental things due to a lack of practice reps. He’ll get better in that regard each day at practice.”
Hayden’s snap count should remain high on Sunday against the Denver Broncos. Carlos Rogers remains out with a knee strain. TJ Carrie missed Wednesday’s work with an ankle injury, though he’s expected to play.