Jenkins: 'It was a flat out whooping'
Rookie D.J. Hayden gave up three long touchdowns to Eagles' receivers in the Raiders' 49-20 loss on Sunday. (AP)
OAKLAND -- Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden had his worst game as a professional during Sunday’s 49-20 loss to Philadelphia, conceivably the worst of his football-playing life.
The No. 12 overall pick was picked on routinely and beaten for one big play after another. Exact passing yards against him won’t be tabulated until Monday, but early returns aren’t good.
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He got beat by Riley Cooper on a 17-yard touchdown early in the second quarter. Then on his next play, Cooper torched him on a 63-yard touchdown pass. Hayden covered him in stride but tripped, fell and left Cooper all alone. He was also beaten on a 59-yard bomb to DeSean Jackson in the third quarter.
Hayden took a shot to the ego over four quarters. After the game, exercised his right to remain silent. He declined interview requests in the locker room, maintaining a beaten posture while hunched over, sulking, with a towel over this head.
“He had a tough day, but everybody’s gone through it,” free safety Charles Woodson said. “If you want to play a long time, you have to get past it. He’s the 12th pick in the draft. Nobody’s going to feel sorry for him.”
Hayden had fared better of late after an uneven start to the season. Entering Sunday’s game, Hayden allowed 23 catches in 36 targets for 237 yards and a touchdown. He also made a victory-sealing interception against the San Diego Chargers.
While he was often in proper position to defend on Sunday, he was overmatched at the time of reception. If that troubling issue isn’t fixed, he’ll get picked on throughout the season.
“I’m sure he’ll replay those situations in his mind every second of the day,” Wood said. “He’ll figure out what he needs to do to make those plays.”
No defender had a good day against the Eagles, although Hayden’s draft status and visibility on big plays made him a perfect personification of a greater result. Like the Raiders, Hayden fought yet could do nothing to stop a troubling result.
“D.J. wasn’t the only one who had a tough day,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “When you play out there on an island and you have a tough day, things stand out a little more. He’s a young player. He’s going to continue to get better. We still have confidence that he can go out and do the job.”