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.