D.J. Hayden starts for the Raiders in preseason debutIt’s all well and good to say that preseason games don’t mean a lot, but don’t tell that to Oakland Raiders rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden. Case in point: Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden. He probably should be dead. The fact that Hayden lived is a miracle. Hayden finally suited up in Oakland’s 34-26 loss to the Chicago Bears on Friday night, and all things considered, it was a triumph for him. It was clear the Bears were testing Hayden on their first drive, and he whiffed on a tackle on Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery on a 3rd-and-1 play that ended up a 22-yard gain. And the fact that he was on the field Friday night in a so-called meaningless preseason game against the Bears is reason is celebrate. He looked a bit shaky to start, but he deflected a Jay Cutler pass intended for Brandon Marshall in Chicago’s first drive, and showed flashes of the player who was named First-Team Conference USA despite starting just nine games for the Cougars in 2012.
Up For Debate: Matt Flynn keeps struggling while Terrelle Pryor …Matt Flynn keeps struggling while Terrelle Pryor is excelling. Is there a QB controversy in Oakland?Source: CNNSI.com
• New Orleans Saints question of the day: Would you like to see the Saints run the ball more against the Raiders on Friday?