Darrius Heyward-Bey to get more opportunities with Colts than in Oakland
Heyward-Bey signed with the Indianapolis Colts after the Raiders let him walk away as a free agent this offseason. The move could translate well for Heyward-Bey since according to Dan Pompei of National Football Post, the Colts coaches want to give the speedy wide receiver a bigger role in their offense, when compared to what he used to have with the Raiders.
Pompei argued that the acquisition of Heyward-Bey this offseason provided them with an excuse to focus on stretching the field this season. The Colts already showcased a pretty decent vertical passing game last year and with some of the better resources across the league, the tea could focus on further improve on in that department.
Colts coaches reportedly view Heyward-Bey as a “potentially explosive playmaker who can get behind coverage.” So, they are expected to give Heyward-Bey more opportunities to contribute on the offense than he ever had with the Raiders.
While the late Raiders owner Al Davis shocked the league by selecting Heyward-Bey with the seventh overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft, the Maryland product never matched his early draft expectation. However, DHB served as a solid deep threat for the Raiders when their passing game was properly functioning over the past few years.
Heyward-Bey posted the best season of his career in 2011, catching 64 passes 975 yards and four touchdowns, while averaging a career high 15.2 yards per catch. But last season, his production dropped dramatically as he only contributed 41 receptions for 606 yards and five touchdowns to the Raiders’ offense.
The 26-year-old seems to be on track for a huge 2013 season with second-year quarterback Andrew Luck leading the Colts offense on the heels of a 11-5 season in his rookie-year, and with not many speedy receiving options at his disposal on the depth chart with the exception of Heyward-Bey.