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Cable raves about Heyward-Bey

One Oakland Raiders beat writer opined on Wednesday that wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey had just gone through the best practice of his career. Raiders coach Tom Cable agrees.

“I don’t think there’s any question, Darrius was really on today,” Cable said after Wednesday’s practice. “I thought a lot of things went into that. The quarterbacks threw him a lot of balls on time. He caught the ball well, made a move with it after the catch, which was most impressive. That was a very good day for him.”

Other than the day he signed his five-year, $38.25 million contract, Heyward-Bey hasn’t had many good days with the Raiders. After signing that deal in July, he caught a whopping nine passes during the 2009 regular season.

But everyone who has watched Heyward-Bey at OTAs has come away impressed. Perhaps with JaMarcus Russell out and Jason Campbell in, Heyward-Bey is benefiting from having a better quarterback throwing him the ball.

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  1. THE OPINION GUY says: May 27, 2010 10:01 AM

    He went to Maryland = his is on the juice

  2. plax18 says: May 27, 2010 10:02 AM

    i like how the first thing Cable points out is that the quarterbacks threw him a lot of balls on time

  3. humbolt says: May 27, 2010 10:02 AM

    Heyward-Bey looks good in non-contact drills. Raiders fans should be thinking Super Bowl.

  4. realitypolice says: May 27, 2010 10:03 AM

    Upon having the best practice of his career, DHB immediately demanded a new contract.
    Seriously- one good set of OTA’s and we’re blaming all of DHB’s issues on Jamarcus Russell? Was Jamarcus his QB in college, when he was criticized for having terrible hands?
    Any chance we could wait and see how those hands hold up when DHB has to use them with a cornerback or free safety barrelling down on him?

  5. mooremi9 says: May 27, 2010 10:03 AM

    9 catches? Oh Darrius! I bet he had more drops than catches. What a joke

  6. MrONE50 says: May 27, 2010 10:05 AM

    Maybe they’ll have some good chemistry, a former MD receive and a former DC quarterback. I don’t know if that means much, but atleast is something good to think about for Raiders fan. Hopefully he’ll hold onto some balls this year (no homo)

  7. FFSentinel.com says: May 27, 2010 10:12 AM

    With Campbell at QB all the receivers should be better this year. The running game is solid, and the defense is going to be very good again.
    San Diego is going to take a step back this, Denver will probably be 8-8 and the Chiefs still have a lot of work to do.
    Every year there is a last place team from the previous season that ends up winning their division, this year the Raiders have a very good shot a being that team.

  8. taylor2136 says: May 27, 2010 10:12 AM

    Hmmm interesting while with the Skins most of you writers and so called experts didn’t think much of JC now with a new team he’s alright now I guess. I’ve always been a JC fan that being said OTA’s and practice are a different ball game, when the real bullets start to fly and hopefully this won’t happen in Oakland but JC tends to hold the ball a bit too long and or being hesitant…again maybe under a new regime and not feeling threatened we’ll actually see a better product. I do wish him the best of luck he was always a great person/team player…

  9. RaiderMight says: May 27, 2010 10:14 AM

    While I think it’s great to see the receivers improving, I don’t think it’s all that fair to blame it all on JaWalrus. While it’s true that he was horrid at QB, and we will see a lot of improvement from having Campbell, some players managed to look great even with JaWalrus at the helm.
    Well, maybe just one that actually catches the ball… Zach Miller has had at least 2 good seasons with JaWalrus. If it wasn’t for Antonio Gates being as good as he is, he would have been the AFC West probowl tight end last 2 years.
    I can’t wait to see what year Zach Miller has with a above average QB. I am certain the WRs will be improved, but Zach is one player that I am excited about he most this season. Hoping this is his year to be a probowl player.

  10. It puts the lotion on the skin says: May 27, 2010 10:15 AM

    So, does that mean that today, DHB will have one of his worst practices ever, to even it all out????
    “The quarterbacks threw him a lot of balls on time.”
    – Tom Cable
    Any chance that quote is directed at an un-named fatass no longer lining up behind center?

  11. irishsamurai says: May 27, 2010 10:18 AM

    i dont understand how everybody is hoping on DHB,he did nothing wrong,he wasnt the one to draft himself what was he gonna do not take the money,everybody knew this kid was gonna be a project,give him time,he might turn out to be a good nfl wr

  12. ChargerDillon says: May 27, 2010 10:24 AM

    It’s amazing how good some receivers look when they know nobody is going to put a helmet into their chest the second they catch the ball
    When he does it in a game, people can talk about being impressed

  13. Outlaw Jersey Whales says: May 27, 2010 10:29 AM

    24Apr10
    “Best Practice” Enabler: “Hi, JaMarcus! Just called to tell ya… there’s a new sheriff in town… and my name is Jason Campbell.”
    Russell: Hangs up on Campbell then packs up an apple and a roadmap.

  14. Duck Fallas says: May 27, 2010 10:29 AM

    Move over Dez Bryant!

  15. Tony Snow says: May 27, 2010 10:36 AM

    Well, who wouldn’t look good against the Raiders defense!?!? :(

  16. sguy2130 says: May 27, 2010 10:36 AM

    I guess this is a good indicator of how bad he has been in the past, considering a coach is giving tons of praise for an OTA practice….

  17. Bleeding Green says: May 27, 2010 10:45 AM

    Darrius Hands like-Feet

  18. Norv Turner says: May 27, 2010 10:48 AM

    The Raiders have really improved. They might be able to win 6 games this year!

  19. TheBengal13 says: May 27, 2010 10:51 AM

    Darrius Heyward-Bey = First Round version of Jerome Simpson.

  20. joetoronto says: May 27, 2010 10:59 AM

    You bozo’s will be eating your words soon. DHB and the Raiders will kick some ass this year, mark it down.

  21. robert ethen says: May 27, 2010 10:59 AM

    Yes, Haywire earned his $8 million salary yesterday. Finally.

  22. RumorHater says: May 27, 2010 11:02 AM

    Well humbolt, it looks like your team (the SuperChokers) are primed for another 1 and out performance this year – realitypolice, if a “real winner” like yourself would go to the Raider team websites, you would see that not only DHB made plenty of catches, but all the other receivers did as well. Which obviously means that a better QB throwing better passes = alot more completions. Take your time to try to figure it out. mooremi9, sorry to blow your mind, but , no drops! Alright you bored with life (and whatever team you magpies root for) haters who just can’t seem to stay off of Raider articles – don’t you think it’s about time you come clean and admit that you’re really closet Raider fans?

  23. Diesteelersdie says: May 27, 2010 11:15 AM

    Heyward-Bey looks good in non-contact drills. Raiders fans should be thinking Super Bowl.”
    —————————————-
    No we’re not. It was 1 day of shorts practice, i’m still irritated by this pick

  24. Junior says: May 27, 2010 11:16 AM

    Seriously? The coach says that the kid had a good practice and suddenly he’s “raving” about him.
    Another overblown story by the media.
    It’s pretty simple really. DHB works his butt off in order to improve. He’s improving. What a shocking development!

  25. steely devil hab says: May 27, 2010 11:28 AM

    Seriously- one good set of OTA’s and we’re blaming all of DHB’s issues on Jamarcus Russell?
    ————————–
    Yes

  26. medic406 says: May 27, 2010 11:32 AM

    Lets see ……38.25 million over 5 years is an average of 7.65 million per year. 7.65 million divided by 9 catches is $850,000 per catch.
    J Russell got 31.5 million guaranteed and played 3 years which comes out to 10.5 million/year. He threw 3 TD passes last year. That is $3.5 million per TD pass.
    If Al Davis is hiring where do I sign up?

  27. wmt says: May 27, 2010 11:34 AM

    Well, who wouldn’t look good against the Raiders defense!?!? :(
    ————————————————-
    Tony Snow,
    glad you’ve been paying so much attention. Raiders secondary is fine and their defense hasn’t been the problem lately, it’s the complete lack of offense. Why don’t you do some homework before you make a stupid comment like that?

  28. GBfanForever says: May 27, 2010 11:39 AM

    If he starts to exploit his potential he’ll be a good threat. With the Broncos and Chiefs being down I don’t see why the Raiders can’t contend for that division if not a WC birth.

  29. Common Sense says: May 27, 2010 11:39 AM

    I’m pulling for this kid, he got a raw deal with everyone slamming him in his ROOKIE season and having to play with the worst QB ever! Good Luck DHB.

  30. AutumnWind999 says: May 27, 2010 11:40 AM

    # FFSentinel.com says: May 27, 2010 10:12 AM
    With Campbell at QB all the receivers should be better this year. The running game is solid, and the defense is going to be very good again.
    San Diego is going to take a step back this, Denver will probably be 8-8 and the Chiefs still have a lot of work to do.
    Every year there is a last place team from the previous season that ends up winning their division, this year the Raiders have a very good shot a being that team.
    —————————————-
    I agree though I’d be shocked if Denver even sniffs 8-8. They jettisoned their 3 best offensive skill players (Cutler, Marshall, Scheffler). Their All-Pro LT just sustained a serious injury. They parted with the defensive coordinator that finally made that unit successful. They took a WR who’s only ever run fly patterns and a QB who won’t help them for a few seasons at the top of the draft. I think 6-10 would be a cautiously optimistic prediction for the Donkeys.
    The Chiefs should be better, but it’s no sure thing they’ll be dramatically better.
    The Chargers are crumbling. If Rivers ever got hurt that team would be 4-12. I see an 8-8 season for them this year — just like in 2008 — only no playoffs this time.
    Prediction time:
    AFC WEST
    Raiders 10-6
    Chokers 8-8
    Chefs 7-9
    Donkeys 5-11

  31. Iron Wolf says: May 27, 2010 11:41 AM

    I think it’s fair to say that the Raiders suck until they don’t. If they make a reasonable run in the division this year, that would be real progress and Raider fans should be encouraged. If they do more than that, it’s gravy. I’m not a Raider fan, but I recognize that the league is better off when they are in the mix.

  32. Profanity in ALL CAPS says: May 27, 2010 11:47 AM

    Brandon marshall had more catches and Td’s in one half of a game than this guy did all year

  33. masterblaster78 says: May 27, 2010 12:05 PM

    He had “one” good day? Let’s wait and see how he does during the season. Each person can say this or that, but no one knows until that time comes when a pass is thrown his way. The season will tell it all……No disrespect to DHB

  34. Legend says: May 27, 2010 12:12 PM

    “Perhaps with JaMarcus Russell out and Jason Campbell in, Heyward-Bey is benefiting from having a better quarterback throwing him the ball.”
    ~~~~
    Gee… ya think? There’s a reason he was a highly rated WR coming out of BC, and it isn’t just because he was fast. For the 1st time in his college and professional career DHB has quality and consistency at the QB position.

  35. It puts the lotion on the skin says: May 27, 2010 12:37 PM

    # RumorHater says: May 27, 2010 11:02 AM
    Well humbolt, it looks like your team (the SuperChokers) are primed for another 1 and out performance this year – realitypolice, if a “real winner” like yourself would go to the Raider team websites, you would see that not only DHB made plenty of catches, but all the other receivers did as well. Which obviously means that a better QB throwing better passes = alot more completions. Take your time to try to figure it out. mooremi9, sorry to blow your mind, but , no drops! Alright you bored with life (and whatever team you magpies root for) haters who just can’t seem to stay off of Raider articles – don’t you think it’s about time you come clean and admit that you’re really closet Raider fans?
    __________________________________
    Are you the new VoxVeritas?? Gotta give a personal response to every person on this comment board? Vox thought he was the official spokes person for the Cowboys, now we have to listen to the same thing from you, about Oakland?
    Sorry to break the news to you, but most “football fans” read every article on profootballtalk.com, and yes, that includes Raiders articles. That doesnt make them a closet homo, err, I mean, closet Raiders fan….You should be happy that the Raiders even have a story about them, considering they have been irrelevant to the NFL since Al Davis got rid of Gruden. (I dont give a shit that Callahan took them to the SB in his first year, that was Gruden’s team, and he embarrassed them in that game)

  36. JSpicoli says: May 27, 2010 12:47 PM

    DHB has been working hard in the off season is the biggest reason for his good practices. Cable has said this before, but why listen when you can work JRuss into the story?
    Yeah it is an OTA, but he didn’t have good non-contact practices last year, so I’m glad to hear of improvement from this hard working character guy. He won’t be the one to say it, but when it comes time I’ll be here to say I told you so.

  37. Marvin49 says: May 27, 2010 1:02 PM

    I have to admit, as a 49ers fan it was fun to see DHB struggle so badly while Crabtree was playing well on so little practice time with the team.
    At the same time tho, I’m kinda pulluing for DHB. He didn’t make the Raiders draft him too high. Its not his fault. He has become something of a pariah simply because his name isn’t Crabtree.
    I hate the Raiders with a passion, but there is a part of me that hopes the kid plays well and justifies his draft position.

  38. JoeSchmoe says: May 27, 2010 1:06 PM

    Why are the Chargers expected to fall? Because they got rid of LDT and Cromartie and replaced them with an upgrade in fresh legs at RB and a more technically sound CB?
    I’m no Charger fan but this team is on par with where it was last year if you ask me, or better with the rejuvenation at RB. Some Q’s on defense, but that O is ready to rock.

  39. BOW2SILVER&BLACK says: May 27, 2010 1:21 PM

    EVERYONE, INCLUDING ALL YOU HATERS, KNOW THAT A SLEEPING GIANT IS ON THE
    RISE……LOOKOUT OUT MOMMA CUZ HERE COME THEM BOYZ!!!!!!

  40. TheBengal13 says: May 27, 2010 1:37 PM

    wmt wrote:
    Tony Snow,
    glad you’ve been paying so much attention. Raiders secondary is fine and their defense hasn’t been the problem lately, it’s the complete lack of offense. Why don’t you do some homework before you make a stupid comment like that?
    ————————————————–
    wmt —
    Are you a Raiders fan? If so, your post blasting Tony Snow doesn’t make much sense. If you had done your research, you’d know that the Raiders were ranked 26th in total Defense last season. Yes, their pass defense was ranked 7th, but their run defense was 29th. I’d say that defense was a problem as well–hence the decision to let their LB’s be traded. Hell, when they played the Bengals last year, they allowed Bernard Scott, the Bengals’ backup RB, to gain over 100 yards on the ground. Know what you’re tlaking about before you spit noise at someone else.

  41. CleanSlaton says: May 27, 2010 1:39 PM

    ‘DHB looked so good today that I could just punch a dude in the face!’
    -Tom Cable

  42. this class sucks says: May 27, 2010 2:02 PM

    Ok I think Raiders fans are getting a little too excited here. I’ve read a few comments predicting the Raiders winning the division. I am
    not saying it’s not possible, and it is the worst division in football, but you are asking for a big step up. Let’s say you guys win 8 games. That seems fair looking their schedule. It is possible to win the dvision at 8-8 but idk if I see the Chargers only winning 8 games. I know they are complete crap in the playoffs but they usually get it done in the regular season. I agree that the Broncos will probably do worse than the Raiders. I like the Chiefs and think they are getting
    better but think the Raiders are better this year.
    Chargers 9-7
    Raiders 8-8
    Chiefs 5-11
    Broncos 3-13
    As far as DHB goes (assuming he doesn’t get injured or benched) I bet he gets 30 catches and 3 TDs. Still not great but at least he is going up.

  43. AutumnWind999 says: May 27, 2010 2:51 PM

    # Marvin49 says: May 27, 2010 1:02 PM
    I have to admit, as a 49ers fan it was fun to see DHB struggle so badly while Crabtree was playing well on so little practice time with the team.
    At the same time tho, I’m kinda pulluing for DHB. He didn’t make the Raiders draft him too high. Its not his fault. He has become something of a pariah simply because his name isn’t Crabtree.
    I hate the Raiders with a passion, but there is a part of me that hopes the kid plays well and justifies his draft position.
    ——————————
    Hate to break it but Crabtree is never going to be a great receiver. He’ll likely be solid posession WR along the lines of a Keyshawn Johnson.
    I was not at all a fan of the DHB pick but one thing that comes across clear is that this kid is a hard worker and anything but a diva. With that mentality/work ethic and his clearly superior athleticism he could easily prove to be the better pick of the two.

  44. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam says: May 27, 2010 2:59 PM

    DHB’s entire season last year equalled a “decent” game by Tim Brown.

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