DJ Hayden feels better about himself than he did last year. Unexpectedly, Hayden, for his rookie year, had to recover from surgery last year that was an outcome of his near-death experience that he suffered in college.
As reported on Monday morning, Hayden addressed the media by stating that his second year as a rookie just feels different. He told the press that “he feels great and a whole lot better” at the Oakland Raiders first organized team activity.
DJ Hayden was the first round pick for the Oakland Raiders in 2013. However, Hayden was recuperating from a grave injury in which he erupted an artery near his heart during practice from a collision in his last year of college. The draft pick was obviously controversial for the Raiders since Hayden had been out of action for many months.
Despite the fact that Hayden was out for many months due to recovering from his chest injury, he was still ranked as one of the best cornerbacks in college that year. Once the Raiders drafted him, Hayden had to get a surgical procedure done to remove extra scar tissue that had built up around his original chest injury.
His playing time did not amount to much in his first year with the Raiders due to his health, but, now, Hayden feels like new. Again, his abilities as a cornerback are highly respected and is still a project that has huge potentiality.
His stats did not look great last year, but it is said that his health was the culprit of his underrated performance on the field. This year, DJ Hayden is aware that his mental health will have to improve as well and is confident that it will be better due to his health being a whole lot better.