Darrius Heyward-Bey: Don’t Laugh Now!

June 13, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Many chuckled when Al Davis picked wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey in the first round of the 2009 draft. He was called a "reach" and a "typical Davis track man."
Hall of Fame receiver Chris Carter said, "He can't catch the ball man!"
Carter didn't appear to be wrong from the first OTAs and minicamps. Watching then-quarterback JaMarcus Russell throw to Heyward-Bey was a comedy of errors.
Throw one: Russell drops back to pass and throws the ball off of Heyward-Bey's foot.
Throw two: Russell drops back to pass and ball bounces off of Heyward-Bey's helmet.
This would carry into the games as well. Russell was ineffective in a November 15 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, so Bruce Gradkowski went in and almost pulled that game out.
Gradowski had a two-minute drive going deep into Kansas City territory and threw the ball to Heyward-Bey. Heyward-Bey then played volleyball with the football, resulting in an intercep...

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