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Darrius Heyward-Bey has four catches, a fumble and a drop in first practice

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Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was a full participant in practice Monday after sitting out earlier training camp practices with an undisclosed injury, and he showed off a combination of the talent that made him the seventh overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft and the problems holding onto the ball that have made him a disappointment.

According to Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group, Heyward-Bey had one drop of the five passes thrown to him and caught the other four, although he fumbled one of those four when cornerback Chris Johnson punched it out from behind.

Heyward-Bey was pleased with his performance.

“I felt pretty good for the most part,” Heyward-Bey said. “I connected with Jason [Campbell] and it felt good.”

Said Raiders coach Hue Jackson, “He looked like a guy that’s getting ready. He did some good things, caught some balls, is getting back in the swing of it. It’s a good time to have him back out there. Another pair of veteran legs.”

That doesn’t exactly sound like a ringing endorsement, but the mere fact that Heyward-Bey was on the field and involved represents progress.

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  1. baous says: Aug 9, 2011 12:12 PM

    Shoulda taken Percy, so glad my Vikes got him :-)

  2. CKL says: Aug 9, 2011 12:12 PM

    Speaking of Heyward-Bey, where’s that PFT poster called “Darrius Heyward-Bey butterfingers”? I laughed every time I saw that name.

  3. omegalh says: Aug 9, 2011 12:15 PM

    He is still fast. That is what matters….

  4. doe22us says: Aug 9, 2011 12:15 PM

    Okay so he dropped a pass and fumbled one, i guess baby steps what a bust, lets just say it.

  5. JackLeone says: Aug 9, 2011 12:16 PM

    If it hadn’t been for Jamarcus Russell, this would’ve been the worst raiders worst pick. Thanks Russell…

  6. dbellina says: Aug 9, 2011 12:16 PM

    Troy Williamson 2.0.

    You can’t blame DHB. It’s not his fault he was drafted way too high and is now considered a bust.

  7. raidernation666 says: Aug 9, 2011 12:19 PM

    We should’ve taken Maclin

  8. jacksaysfu says: Aug 9, 2011 12:20 PM

    With the seventh pick the raiders select a BUST. ! With the tenth pick the 49ers select a DIVA.

  9. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 9, 2011 12:25 PM

    DHB = Don’t Have the Ball……

  10. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 9, 2011 12:26 PM

    There’s a fair chance he gets cut if he doesn’t re-do his contract at a much lower salary.

  11. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Aug 9, 2011 12:32 PM

    “caught some balls”

    Well that’s good since he’s a freaking WR!!!

  12. rundmc81 says: Aug 9, 2011 12:34 PM

    We might have flopped on a couple 1st round picks.. But our late round gems eases the pain.. Last year, Jacoby Ford.. This year Denarius Moore!!

  13. mmmpieyummy says: Aug 9, 2011 12:35 PM

    The 49ers selected a diva who still hasn’t seen the field in any training camp since being drafted.

  14. wyldsoul says: Aug 9, 2011 12:36 PM

    Best receivers so far from 2009 draft

    1 Jeremy Maclin
    2. Percy Harvin
    3. Hakeem Nicks
    4. Mike Wallace
    .
    .
    .
    9. Louis Murphy
    .
    .
    41. Darrius Heyward-Bey

  15. tomwill21 says: Aug 9, 2011 12:39 PM

    If you want to write about a Raider receiver, write about Denarius Moore…

  16. tatum064 says: Aug 9, 2011 12:40 PM

    nomoreseasontix says:
    Aug 9, 2011 12:26 PM
    There’s a fair chance he gets cut if he doesn’t re-do his contract at a much lower salary.
    ——————————————–
    I agree, that probably what the “mystery illness” was, the talk about a possible trade during the season or stepping his game up – and of course he had a drop…and a fumble.

  17. humb0lt says: Aug 9, 2011 12:43 PM

    fades have worst wide receivers in the league – most of them are practice squad material

  18. gmen0820 says: Aug 9, 2011 12:46 PM

    Hakeem Nicks, the Giants and the NYG fanbase sends their regards.

  19. trickybastard says: Aug 9, 2011 12:51 PM

    Since eveyone thinks naturally their team is above drafting busts, I’ll refresh some minds for Raider Haters out there:

    49ers:
    Crabtree (injury history/diva near bust status)
    Alex Smith (front office keeping him around to avoid bust status)
    Kentwan Ballmer
    Rashaun Woods
    Kwame Harris
    Donkeys:
    Tim Tebow (just a matter of time)
    Jarvis Moss
    Robert Ayers
    Tim Crowder

  20. jw731 says: Aug 9, 2011 12:56 PM

    he’s just trying to prove he’s worth that 21 million the raiDUH’s paid him last year, by actually catching the ball…..

  21. madamschefter says: Aug 9, 2011 1:02 PM

    Jacoby Ford and Louis Murphy – both 4th round picks.

  22. joetoronto says: Aug 9, 2011 1:02 PM

    At least he’s on the field, unlike Michael Glasstree.

  23. nyyankeedave says: Aug 9, 2011 1:04 PM

    If you Oakland (soon to be LA) Raiders fans want Niner fans to admit Crabtree is a bust why don’t you admit Heyward-Bey is also?

  24. lunarpie says: Aug 9, 2011 1:05 PM

    DHB must proove his worth by mid season or he’ll be on the bench and GONE next year!

    Louis Murphy and Jacoby Ford will be JC’s favorites!

  25. trbowman says: Aug 9, 2011 1:11 PM

    They just need to cut him already. He can’t play.

  26. madamschefter says: Aug 9, 2011 1:13 PM

    nyyankeedave says:
    Aug 9, 2011 1:04 PM
    If you Oakland (soon to be LA) Raiders fans want Niner fans to admit Crabtree is a bust why don’t you admit Heyward-Bey is also?

    ………………………..

    We do.

  27. boknowsvt says: Aug 9, 2011 1:15 PM

    4 catches in one day? Sounds like a season’s worth of production from him.

  28. thetruth619 says: Aug 9, 2011 1:28 PM

    I have no problem admitting he is a bust, so far. I think it takes much more than a couple seasons to know for sure. To this point, he is a bigger bust than Jamarcus IMO. Ryan Leaf is still a bigger bust than Jamarcus. The reason? The entire football world projected Russell to #1. Every single analyst had him as the first pick. He was a bust, but a bust that any team in need of a QB that year would have taken first. DHB….that one is all Al. He reached, and missed…

  29. torturedraiderfan says: Aug 9, 2011 1:44 PM

    Jeez….I can’t believe DHB is still getting on the field. Al has the coaches justifying having him on the field by saying what a hard worker he is. I don’t care how hard he works or how fast he is, he still has stone hands. Let’s get someone who can catch to fill his spot. Anyone remember James Jett?

  30. marcsasharc says: Aug 9, 2011 1:44 PM

    lol, i love it when raider fans try to deflect attention. crabtree has no involvement in this story yet hes referenced. well if we are going to reference Crabtree’s inability to put in training camp work, lets talk about how much better Crabtree has been than DHB. the difference in stats between the 2 is alarming. DHB is almost as bad a draft choice as Jamarcus. yup.

    but go on and talk about how much crabtree sucks :)

  31. sloraider says: Aug 9, 2011 1:45 PM

    When you think of DHB, Think James Jett. A guy that Al Davis treasures, doesn’t produce on the field and is guaranteed to start every game that he is healthy for the rest of his career.

    If I were Hue Jackson, I would be making up Phantom Injuries for DHB too as their are about 6 other better receivers on the roster.

  32. granadafan says: Aug 9, 2011 1:50 PM

    As a Niners fan, I hate to say it but the Raiders got the better receiver. He may be a bust for the 1st round, but at least he doesn’t have the diva attitude for a bust like Crabtree.

  33. JSpicoli says: Aug 9, 2011 2:02 PM

    Gotta respect you coming clean there granada, more than 99% of niner fans. Respect.

    All the bashers can ask themselves why this guy, why this team\? There are 100 stories like DHB’s out there, draftees not living up to their sttus #1′s getting cut, etc, but DHB is who gets your attention.

    Sometimes you get DHb, sometimes you get Jacoby Ford, Soemtimes you get Louis Murphy.

    Start the season. These people will lock it up once the Raiders play ball this year. Watch.

  34. huejackson says: Aug 9, 2011 2:06 PM

    music to PFTs ears
    Do you think if Hines word dropped a ball in practice it would be a headline on PFT???

    Of course NOT!
    Jerry Mc Hates the raiders just as much as PFT..
    Because you dont know nothing about them!
    Raiders run a family and they keep the doors closed, other teams like the steelers and pats are a business and they have rats inside their clubs…
    Thats why theres never a “source” inside the raiders and everytime the media says the have a “source” inside the raiders the story is always false
    PFT hates that

  35. dgforreal says: Aug 9, 2011 2:06 PM

    but the mere fact that Heyward-Bey was on the field and involved represents progress.

    Meanwhile, across the bay, Ms Diva has sore feet from her ballet slippers.

  36. marcsasharc says: Aug 9, 2011 2:15 PM

    you can tell yourselves the raiders got the better player but its only wishful thinking.

    35 catches, 490 yards and 2 tds in 2 years.

    103 catches, 1,366 yards and 8 tds.

    both players have had sub par QBs and strong running games with quality TEs.

    so DHB can try hard, and try really hard!!! and Crabtree can find every excuse in the book to skip camp….but you cant ignore facts and the proof is there. Crabtree is by far and away more productive to this point and nothing suggests this disparity in talent between the 2 will change.

  37. radrntn says: Aug 9, 2011 2:19 PM

    same way McFadded broke out last year, I expect DHB to have his breakout season this year….comes down to the o-line being able to pass protect…go raiders!

  38. jackfnburton says: Aug 9, 2011 2:28 PM

    Well, that’s three more catches than usual. Yay Darrius!

  39. plundergrunge says: Aug 9, 2011 2:41 PM

    So Asomugha leaves and Raiders receivers are now looking good in practice…

    Hmm…….

  40. marcsasharc says: Aug 9, 2011 2:41 PM

    id prefer a WR who was allergic to training camp than 1 who was allergic to making plays.

    *waits for the person to say otherwise so we can all point and laugh.

  41. tomwill21 says: Aug 9, 2011 2:49 PM

    humb0lt says:
    Aug 9, 2011 12:43 PM
    fades have worst wide receivers in the league – most of them are practice squad material
    —————–
    That joke never gets old. and by never I mean was old 3 years ago

  42. tomwill21 says: Aug 9, 2011 2:51 PM

    wyldsoul says:
    Aug 9, 2011 12:36 PM
    Best receivers so far from 2009 draft

    1 Jeremy Maclin
    2. Percy Harvin
    3. Hakeem Nicks
    4. Mike Wallace
    .
    .
    .
    9. Louis Murphy
    .
    .
    41. Darrius Heyward-Bey
    ——————
    Kenny Britt?

  43. mypuppyfarted says: Aug 9, 2011 2:53 PM

    what some morons refuse to accept (and you know who you are) is that a team isn’t measured by just one player. Sure, the Raiders have used some high draft picks on players who haven’t lived up to expectations but take a look at some of the mid to low round picks that have. Players such as Jacoby Ford, Louis Murphy and, this year, D. Moore. With the emergence of guys like these the Raiders will be able to unload DHB and his high salary and spend that money on another area of need.

  44. rickthefactor says: Aug 9, 2011 2:53 PM

    The raiders drafted Ricky Dudley, Darrel Russell and JaMarcus Russell. That reserves one hell of a COME ON MAN……

  45. thetwilightsown says: Aug 9, 2011 2:59 PM

    Who gives a sh*t about Michael Crabtree??? Gotta love 9er fans in here soaking up the DHB hate to offset their own circus of pain. Bottom line: Both DHB and Craptree are busts – they were both selected high, both given huge amounts of jack and both have very little to show for it.

    Difference between Raider fans and 9er fans: Raider fans, the real kind who actually watch football and understand the game (all 12 of us), can admit it. I seriously think the “9er faithful” are still trying to repeat Montana to Rice. Trust me, you champagne sippin’ dandies, it’s easier to just… Let it go. Accept the pain. Ball up all the hate and chuck it at the owner next time you see him.

  46. thetwilightsown says: Aug 9, 2011 3:01 PM

    At least we had the good sense to cut our losses… you do realize Alex Smith is still on your team right???? Talk about the pot and the friggin’ kettle…

  47. p31squared says: Aug 9, 2011 3:11 PM

    tomwill21 says: Aug 9, 2011 2:51 PM

    wyldsoul says:
    Aug 9, 2011 12:36 PM
    Best receivers so far from 2009 draft

    1 Jeremy Maclin
    2. Percy Harvin
    3. Hakeem Nicks
    4. Mike Wallace
    .
    .
    .
    9. Louis Murphy
    .
    .
    41. Darrius Heyward-Bey
    ——————
    Kenny Britt?

    Um, hello? Austin Collie? Fourth round, 25 games, 118-1,325-15TDs. Better than the entire lot.

  48. Slackmo says: Aug 9, 2011 3:12 PM

    DHB is already in mid-season form!

  49. phinfan says: Aug 9, 2011 3:29 PM

    Oakland needs a talent scout

  50. platinumraider32 says: Aug 9, 2011 3:40 PM

    DHB is a classic example of drafting on “potential”. What bothers me about this guy is for someone with his size, strength and speed, he get’s no separation. I would think most of that is due to poor route running. But it’s no secret in the NFL that drafting wideouts in the first round is always dangerous business.

    The heat is definitely on the guy. His rookie year he gets out performed by a 4th rounder who was clearly more NFL ready. His second year, he gets outplayed and “leapfrogged” by another 4th round who doesn’t have his size or strength, but every but his speed and he fights for the ball. Now you have another pick who is making noise and I think he would have sat longer had it not been for that.

    With that said, this is his make or break and he knows it. I think JaMarcus ushered in a new mind set of not holding on to guys that don’t equate to their contracts.

  51. tdk24 says: Aug 9, 2011 5:16 PM

    You can look at every team over their entire existence and find that they all draft busts in the first round. It’s a crapshoot. The Raiders aren’t doing any worse in that department then say, the 90′s Bungles. Pretty much every pick they had in any round was a bust back then. There’s 32 kids taken in the first round and a small percentage actually turn into really good players, that leaves a lot of busts. Only the very worst ones get talked about.

  52. tombradyfumbled says: Aug 9, 2011 6:23 PM

    Okay…let me break it down to all of you…the biggest bust in the history of the NFL was Jamarcus Russell….Jamarcus Russell was the one throwing DHB the ball his first 2 years! Jamarcus Russell could not complete a pass to a WR…So DHBs stats for his first 2 years are irrelevant…

    Now..Last year…The Raiders were second in the league in rushing and had a new QB in Jason Campbell. DHBs stats improved…they are nothing like Roddy Whites…but we did not throw the football 45 times a game either…we ran the ball and if we did throw it, it was to McFadden, or Miller, or Reece…We don’t need DHB to catch 90 balls. We need him to get to the safety quickly so he can block the last line of defense when McFadden runs off tackle.

  53. ch8878 says: Aug 9, 2011 8:12 PM

    Seeing its his 3rd year if it isn’t a good one then you can say bust, I doubt the Raiders will cut him his salary is only $1 Million this year

  54. raiderapologist says: Aug 9, 2011 8:29 PM

    tomwill21 says: Aug 9, 2011 12:39 PM

    If you want to write about a Raider receiver, write about Denarius Moore…

    The Raiders have had a few of these training camp phenoms that no-show when it counts. Kenny Shedd, anyone? The last thing Oakland needs is another receiver that disappears in games.

    humb0lt says: Aug 9, 2011 12:43 PM

    fades have worst wide receivers in the league – most of them are practice squad material

    humb0lt is mailing it in today. No stats from 2002-2010? That’s just lazy. I think the Raiders had less than 300 yards passing in two games last year and still couldn’t lose to the Chargers.

  55. radrntn says: Aug 9, 2011 9:52 PM

    has anyone ever noticed that dumbolt never posts anything on the chargers topics, he just posts his hatelove for the raiders…..

    as far as DHB, the raiders went on record that they drafted him for his upside, and not where he was at when they drafted. On that draft they made the comparison of DHB to Cliff Branch. They were very clear that he was a two year project, and much like branch they expected his 3rd season to be his breakout season……bottom line the kid loves being a raider, and works his butt off….
    i expect great things this year from the offense…and in case any of the haters forgot we lead the afc west in scoring last yr, and had the lowest amounts of points scored against us….just a reminder that everybody is back from last year team that needed to be back to do the same and then some this year..

  56. cityofsharks says: Aug 9, 2011 11:50 PM

    It doesn’t matter how fast he is, if u can’t catch the ball all that speed is useless…. Wait don’t u need a Q.B to throw u the ball!

  57. open1337 says: Aug 10, 2011 5:43 AM

    Not only that but lest we forget the man, had at least 5 different QB’s throwing to him in 3 seasons. (Plus back-ups in practice) With their own style and issues. That alone can cause inconsistency.

  58. raiderapologist says: Aug 10, 2011 7:30 PM

    marcsasharc says: Aug 9, 2011 2:41 PM

    id prefer a WR who was allergic to training camp than 1 who was allergic to making plays.

    *waits for the person to say otherwise so we can all point and laugh.

    Far be it from me to defend Hayward-Bey, but saying that Crabtree is better isn’t saying much at all.

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