Does “Trust” Give Hagan An Edge?August 4th, 2013
Wide Receiver Derek Hagan is entering his eighth NFL season and finds himself in Bucs camp with his old Giants position coach, Mike Sullivan.
Joe considers that relationship - and Hagan never fumbling in his 129-catch career - and Joe wonders whether the New Schiano Order will have a huge comfort level and “trust” in Hagan when it comes time to pick a No. 5 receiver or No. 6 receiver.
One of Greg Schiano’s trifecta of core beliefs is “trust,” which clearly extends to players he and his staff know well.
Hagan caught 20 balls for the Raiders last season (one against the Bucs), and he snagged a touchdown pass that got Schiano’s attention yesterday.
“Derek Hagan made a nice catch. Yeah, you’re not kiddin’, right in the middle of traffic for that end of game situation,” Schiano said. “That was impressive. You know, he’s playing through some discomfort as well, which is impressive for a veteran guy.”
Hagan’s a long shot to make the roster, but not if nagging injuries keep piling up. Tom Coughlin once called Hagan an “excellent contributor on special teams.” A Raiders blog this year characterized Hagan as hard-working and reliable, and a guy the Raiders wanted to return.
Just another body to keep an eye on in Thursday’s preseason opener.