Hagan provides a boost to banged-up receiving corps

U.S. Presswire File PhotoDerek Hagan was signed to a contract with the Raiders.

U.S. Presswire File PhotoDerek Hagan was signed to a contract with the Raiders.

Help arrived for the Raiders’ injury-wracked corps of wide receivers in the form of a familiar face.
Derek Hagan, who made the Raiders with a strong training camp a year ago, but was cut after six games in favor of T.J. Houshmandzadeh, was signed to a contract.

“He’s a veteran player, he’s been around, and he had a very nice workout,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said.
The Raiders also worked out veteran wide receivers Jabar Gaffney and Tiquan Underwood before settling on Hagan.

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Wide receiver Jacoby Ford is almost certainly out of the opener with a left foot injury. Denarius Moore, who practiced Thursday for the first time since Aug. 4 with a hamstring strain, is far from a sure thing.

Rookie Juron Criner, like Moore, was limited in practice, because of an ankle injury.

Hagan thinks he can contribute immediately if called upon. The Raiders changed their offensive system in the offseason under offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, so what Hagan learned last year is of little help.

“I definitely expect myself to learn the whole playbook,” Hagan said. “Obviously, this is what I do, this is my job, my profession. If I’ve got to learn it in three days, that’s fine with me. It’s definitely going to be a cram session. I’ll just do what I’m supposed to do and be where I’m supposed to be Monday night.”

Rivers respects Raiders’ defense: Chargers QB Philip Rivers said his film study shows the Raiders revealing some different looks. But what isn’t expected to change is their attacking style. “They’ve always been a physical group,” Rivers said. “Their front seven is also a very big group.”

Moore back on practice field: Receiver Denarius Moore practiced for the first time Thursday since Aug. 4, but was limited and coach Dennis Allen said he would be a game-time decision.

Steelers to sign Van Dyke: The Pittsburgh Steelers will sign cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke, who the Raiders released on Monday to make room for Joselio Hanson, ProFootballtalk reported.

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