Oakland Raiders Coaches Are Playing Darrius Heyward-Bey Wrong

January 16, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

In college, the Maryland wide receiver was considered to be a speed demon who could break off a huge touchdown on every play.
The Oakland Raiders shocked the world when they selected him with the seventh overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, taking him over Michael Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin.  The pick was highly criticized, and rightfully so. 
In Heyward-Bey's rookie season, he only caught nine passes for 124 yards and one touchdown.  A very disappointing season for a top 10 pick.
He was determined to improve his play and worked hard in the offseason.  His numbers improved as he caught 26 passes for 366 yards.  Not great numbers, but it's a start.  You should also keep in mind that the Raiders receivers don't normally get great receiving numbers.
Despite the improvement, Heyward-Bey has a lot to work on.  He needs to be a better receiver past 10 yards of the line of scrimmage.  Most of the catches I saw were on comeback routes ...

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