Raiders notebook: D.J. Hayden has little to say after awful outing

  • Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper, right, catches a 17-yard touchdown pass against Oakland Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden (25) during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

"Those are plays he's going to have to make going forward. I know he'll replay those plays in his mind every second of the day going forward, and he'll figure out what he needs to do to make those plays."


It was a more auspicious day for another Raiders rookie. Menelik Watson, a second-round pick from Florida State, finally made his NFL debut, subbing for the injured Matt McCants (foot) at right tackle late in the second quarter.

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"It feels good," Watson said in his thick British accent; he's from Manchester, England. "Right now I can't be happy about what happened out there. I mean, that was very frustrating. But I'm happy to be back out on the field. It was good to get out there, get your hands on somebody, move some people around."

Watson is an intriguing prospect, a guy who played just two years of college football, and just one at a four-year university. He earned the starting left tackle position in training camp, but has been nursing a calf injury ever since.

The big Brit — he's 6-foot-5, 315 pounds — said he didn't have any butterflies on Sunday, even though he hadn't gotten any reps on the right side during the week.

"I'm never nervous," Watson said. "They're men out there, you know what I mean? It's not machines or aliens we're playing against. It's just men."


Trying to keep pace with a Philadelphia Eagles offense that was firing on all cylinders would have been hard under any circumstances. But when the Raiders lost halfback Darren McFadden to a hamstring injury, the odds got even longer.

"Obviously, you want to be able to have your best guys out there and have your best guys healthy," Oakland head coach Dennis Allen said.

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