Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com says the Raiders believe second-year cornerback D.J. Hayden can be an impact player in 2014.
The Raiders believe Hayden can start opposite Tarell Brown in the base defense, though Carlos Rogers is available if Hayden struggles. If that happens, he’ll go back to his 2013 role, working primarily in the nickel package. After an offseason getting bigger, faster and stronger, the Raiders believe Hayden will be more confident, aggressive and become a true impact player in 2014.