D.J. Hayden is on an unfortunate track.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday, via team sources, that it appears the Oakland Raiders cornerback is headed towards starting the season on the reserve/physically unable to perform list. The team will know this week, according to Rapoport.
The No. 12 overall pick in 2013 has been a disaster thus far, mainly due to his inability to stay healthy. He played in just eight games as a rookie, starting two, and got torched often in those opportunities.
General manager Reggie McKenzie spent the offseason signing 49ers castoffs Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers. Charles Woodson is savvy, but he has clearly lost a step. And now Hayden will likely miss at least the first six games of the season.
Rapoport noted that the team is fine with starting the second-year corner on the PUP list because they want him healthy and comfortable. The move also delays making a decision on one of their younger corners, Neiko Thorpe and T.J. Carrie, both whom have a shot to make the team. Oakland believes it finally has some depth at the position.
The hard truth of the matter is that a player McKenzie took a chance on at No. 12 overall has been a washout thus far. Bad teams with thin rosters don't improve when top-15 picks bomb out time and again.