ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Two consecutive poor performances in the secondary aren’t enough to cause Oakland coach Dennis Allen much concern about his team’s pass defense.
Charles Woodson agrees it’s still too early to panic, though the eight-time Pro Bowl defensive back clearly doesn’t share the same optimistic view as Allen.
The Raiders’ first-team defense had several problems in its first two preseason games, giving up three touchdowns in four series while starting quarterbacks Matt Cassel of Minnesota and Matt Stafford of Detroit were on the field.
Things may get rougher.
D.J. Hayden is still sidelined while recovering from foot surgery. Backup Chimdi Chekwa is nursing a knee injury and is likely to miss the remainder of the preseason, as is key reserve Taiwan Jones.
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