Darrius Heyward-Bey’s Career Off to a Dropping Start
I wasn’t a fan of the Raiders selecting Darrius Heyward-Bey when the draft passed in April. If a guy’s primary weapon is speed but he has serious issues dropping the ball and producing even at the college level, then that to me warrants nothing higher than a third-round pick. The Raiders decided that was worth the 7th overall pick. Well it’s too late for the Raiders to go back on their mistakes so now they must live with them. And it’s already begun in training camp:
The struggling receiver? Rookie Darrius Heyward-Bey, who dropped three passes in a single offense-only drill. The first came on a short pass right at him with DHB dropping the ball as he went to turn upfield. The other was on a deeper pass when he went up awkward and had it clank off both hands from in front of him.
If that practice report is sounds familiar, it’s because the same story happened in May back at the team’s minicamp. We haven’t even started the preseason yet and Heyward-Bey is already solidifying his stranglehold on the “bust” label. Of course, if everyone except the Raiders knew he wasn’t worth the seventh overall pick, then can he really be considered a bust?