D.J. Hayden and T.J. Carrie competing for Raiders' slot corner gig

Oakland Raiders cornerbacks D.J. Hayden and T.J. Carrie are battling for the starting nickel back position.

What It Means:

Neiko Thorpe will join the mix at slot corner when he returns from injury. Carrie enters training camp as the favorite after starting 14 games last season. The Raiders declined Hayden's fifth-year option, so this is his last chance to impress the team on his rookie deal.

Our algorithms project Hayden for 20.04 tackles and 1.12 interceptions this year, while we expect Carrie to have 14.07 stops and 0.70 picks. Thorpe projects to have 22.37 tackles and 0.82 interceptions.