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D.J. Hayden | Defensive Back | #25

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (25) / 6/27/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 190
College: Houston
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (12) / OAK
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The Raiders will not exercise CB D.J. Hayden's fifth-year team option for 2017.
It's not a guarantee Hayden even makes the 53-man roster this season. Hayden has been an injury-prone mega bust as the No. 12 overall pick of the 2013 draft. May 2 - 2:40 PM

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The Raiders are not expected to exercise CB D.J. Hayden's fifth-year option.

Hayden has underachieved in his first three seasons and the Raiders upgraded at cornerback by signing Sean Smith this offseason. Smith is expected to start opposite David Amerson with T.J. Carrie sitting behind them at No. 3 on the depth chart. There's no way Oakland is going to fork over $8.026 million for a fourth-string corner. ESPN Raiders reporter Paul Gutierrez has suggested Hayden might not even make the 53-man roster.
May 1 - 9:06 AM

ESPN Raiders reporter Paul Gutierrez suggested CB D.J. Hayden might not survive to training camp on the roster.

Hayden will almost certainly last through the offseason program, but the comment illustrates how precarious his position on the roster is. The No. 12 overall pick in 2013, Hayden has struggled to stay healthy and has struggled even more when on the field. It would be beyond a shock if Oakland picks up his fifth-year option, and it remains distinctly possible he is not on the roster Week 1.
Source: ESPN
Apr 18 - 9:22 AM

D.J. Hayden played just five defensive snaps Week 12 against the Titans.

David Amerson replaced Hayden in the starting lineup and played almost every snap. Coach Jack Del Rio said after the game the switch has more to do with Amerson winning the job than Hayden losing it, but that is a damning statement unto itself. The former No. 12 overall pick is owed just under $2 million in salary and bonuses next season, but it is not a given Oakland keeps him around even at the low price.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 10:57:00 AM

CB D.J. Hayden left the Raiders' Week 10 game against the Vikings with an ankle injury and is questionable to return.

Hayden left in the first quarter. He was flagged for two penalties before exiting. David Amerson replaced Hayden at cornerback.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 05:26:00 PM

Raiders CB D.J. Hayden's ankle was "heavily iced" and wrapped as he limped around the team facility on Monday.

Hayden's injury is in addition to SS Charles Woodson (shoulder) and FS Nate Allen's (ACL). The ankle ailment adds injury to insult after Hayden was rinsed in Sunday's beatdown by the Bengals, coughing up one of Tyler Eifert's touchdown passes and allowing 7-of-9 throws at him to be completed. Quite frankly, the Raiders might be better off if Hayden can't play moving forward.
Mon, Sep 14, 2015 01:16:00 PM

D.J. Hayden and Travis Carrie are the Raiders' starting cornerbacks.

The new coaching staff reportedly wanted the No. 12 overall pick of the 2013 draft to "prove" he was a starter, and he apparently did so in camp and the preseason. Plagued by injuries and ineffectiveness, Hayden has missed 14-of-32 games, and been limited to 10 starts. He wasn't particularly great in exhibition action. He'll be on the spot in September.
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 03:05:00 PM

ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson said the new coaching staff wants D.J. Hayden to "prove" he is a starting corner.

Hayden worked with the second team in minicamp behind 2014 fourth-round pick Keith McGill. Hayden has more natural talent than McGill, but he is still raw entering his third season and has not been able to consistently stay on the field. The Raiders' coaches would undoubtedly like Hayden to step up to the challenge and seize a starting job, but it is not a foregone conclusion.
Sat, Jul 11, 2015 09:27:00 AM

Raiders CB D.J. Hayden worked primarily with the second-team defense in minicamp.

2014 fourth-round pick Keith McGill worked with the first team ahead of Hayden. Hayden played just 18 games in his first two seasons as he battled a litany of injuries, but his demotion this offseason has nothing to do with health. Perhaps the Raiders' new coaching staff is simply trying light a fire under the former No. 12 overall pick, but it appears there is a real chance Hayden opens the season on the bench.
Sat, Jun 27, 2015 10:40:00 AM

Raiders CB D.J. Hayden strained his groin during Sunday's Week 10 loss to the Broncos.

Another week, more of the same for the oft-injured Hayden. This tweak isn't considered overly serious, but he's missed 15-of-25 games already since the Raiders surprisingly took him 12th overall in 2013. Raiders corners Carlos Rogers, TJ Carrie and Chimdi Chekwa are also banged up heading into a Week 11 game at San Diego.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 11:21:00 AM

Raiders CB D.J. Hayden (foot) played on kick coverage and limited defensive snaps in Sunday's loss at Cleveland.

Hayden ended up with six snaps at corner, mostly in the red zone. "We didn't want to just throw him out there and let him play a ton of plays," coach Tony Sparano said. "I felt he had two solid weeks of practice. We weaned him in a bit and little by little." Hayden, the No. 12 overall pick in 2013, played in just eight games last season due to a groin injury. He's draped in medical red flags.
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 10:18:00 AM

Raiders activated CB D.J. Haden (foot) off the PUP list.

He is eligible to play against the Browns Week 8. Hayden missed all of training camp with a stress fracture in his foot. Coming off an injury-marred rookie campaign, the 2013 first-round pick needs to prove he can stay healthy down the stretch this season.
Sat, Oct 25, 2014 11:21:00 AM

Raiders CB D.J. Hayden (foot, PUP) will begin practicing Wednesday.

It's the first time he's allowed to be on the field after spending the mandatory first six games sidelined while on reserve/PUP. Once Hayden steps foot on the practice field, it starts a 21-day clock for the Raiders to activate him. He's eligible to return to game action as early as Week 8. Hayden had a stress fracture.
Wed, Oct 15, 2014 09:09:00 AM

The Raiders expect D.J. Hayden (foot, PUP) to resume practicing when first eligible next week.

"That’s the plan," interim coach Tony Sparano said Thursday. "In regards to his treatment and everything else has been going on, he’s done a tremendous job. We’ll see what the timetable is (for a return to game action) once we get him out there. We have a couple weeks to make a decision." Hayden is eligible to return to game action in Week 8.
Thu, Oct 9, 2014 07:40:00 PM

Raiders placed CB D.J. Hayden (foot) on reserve/PUP.

Hayden will miss the first six games of the season and be eligible to return Week 8. He missed most of spring and all of training camp after undergoing surgery on his foot/ankle area. During his absence, the Raiders will roll with Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers as their starting corners. Chimdi Chekwa, Travis Carrie, and Neiko Thorpe will have to play bigger defensive roles.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 08:59:00 AM

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