Potential Patriots: Darrius Heyward-Bey

Darrius Heyward-Bey

You want speed? Darrius Heyward-Bey can give your team speed.

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

Explosiveness—this is something that you probably feel that the New England Patriots are lacking on offense.

You might feel that the Patriots haven’t had a big-play threat since the days of Randy Moss. You might also feel that Brandon Lloyd wasn’t exactly what you thought he would be: An explosive big-play threat.

If Bill Belichick feels the same way, then one possibly wide receiver that the Patriots might target is Darrius Heyward-Bey.

Heyward-Bey is known for his speed and big play ability as he averages a career 14.8 yards per-reception.

The 25-year-old still might be under contract with the Oakland Raiders, as he has one year remaining on his contract that’s worth $7.721 million. However there is a report released by CSN Bay Area that the Raiders could cut ties with Heyward-Bey and would ultimately save $5.431 against the 2013 salary cap.

In all honesty, if Heyward-Bey were to hit the open market, I’m not too sure that the Patriots would target him. However, if the money is right, then the Patriots would be interested, but when it’s all said and done, I’m not completely sold on him.

If I could describe Heyward-Bey is one word it would be raw.

Heyward-Bey is definitely talented and a productive wide receiver, as he recorded 41 receptions for 606 yards while scoring five touchdowns. Those numbers might not be all that impressive, but they are considering who the Raiders have playing quarterback—a mix of Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart and Terrelle Pryor.

I do believe that there is potential there with Heyward-Bey, but I still believe that he’s awfully raw. I look at him as being an athlete, not an NFL wide receiver—he still has a lot of work to do. All in all, if you put any athlete split out with a quarterback like Tom Brady, there’s no question that they’d see a spike in their production.

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11 Responses to “Potential Patriots: Darrius Heyward-Bey”

  1. Aaron says:

    Sign him! He’s been cut.

  2. Raphael says:

    It’s truly amazing that the Pats do not have a 4.3, 4.4 speed at WR and still be this good. But! the team really needs it if it hopes to win big, Bey could be a surprise.

  3. Lars says:

    Brandon Lloyd is fine

  4. JH TARBORO says:

    Re thought my opinion the Raiders can keep him!

  5. JH TARBORO says:

    We are talking about the talent wasting, career ending abyss called the Raiders. Their roster is loaded with receivers wiith 4.3-4 40yds. who probably needs to be rescued out of a crappy system. Bring him in for a workout, see where his head’s at, Look at the possibilities and value.

  6. andrew says:

    or maybe tom brady would completely ignore him because he can’t run a timing route.

  7. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    I agree with Maineman, the Patriots are looking for quality at WR and CB at a fair price. Not high priced guys, who care more about thier money than the team. The guy I like is WR Conner Vernon out of Duke, a 5th-6th pick.
    CB the same way, CB Derius Slay 3d round guy, or CB Demetrius McCray 6th-7th round.

  8. MaineMan says:

    While I do believe that the Pats need a WR who can regularly put up the “3 for 80” statline (as opposed to another “5 for 50” guy), I’d be concerned about a player who still looks “green” after four seasons in the NFL, regardless who he had throwing to him. It kinda speaks to his willingness/ability to improve in the off-seasons on his own, outside his team’s possibly limited offerings.

    Compare that to a guy like Tyrone Goard (6036/208, Eastern Kentucky) who was very, very raw in Shrine Game practices, but who also eagerly and continually pestered everyone (coaches, other WRs, even DBs) for pointers on route-running and technique and showed he could digest and incorporate some of those tips as the week progressed. Goard could be a 7th-rounder/UDFA and much cheaper than DHB.

    • acm says:

      Fully agree with the above. With DHB likely getting the cut and considering how little production he’s had in the NFL, money shouldn’t be a concern in whether the Pats should go for him or not – he has cheap and desperate written all over him. My main concern would be his rate of improvement, or lack there of, thru the years and that he is still considered “raw” when he could maybe already qualify as a veteran by NFL standards.
      DHB may have the talent but would worry if he has the character and drive to succeed even if Tb is throwing at him.

    • Alex says:

      Yes. It’s one thing to draft a raw player, another to sign a raw 4 year vet.
      If he couldn’t make it in Oakland’s O, then he won’t make it with Brady. He would just be a Slater, run fast and do nothing else.

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