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Darrius Heyward-Bey plans visit with Colts

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The Colts are taking a look at free agent wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Heyward-Bey is expected to visit with the Colts soon, possibly as early as today.

Colts owner Jim Irsay said on March 16 that the Colts were “very, very close” to a deal with a wide receiver, although he never revealed who he was talking about. There was speculation at the time that Heyward-Bey was the receiver Irsay was talking about, although if they’re just planning the visit nine days later, it would be hard to call that “very, very close.”

Heyward-Bey was the seventh overall pick of the Raiders in the 2009 NFL draft, and although he was a starter for the Raiders for the last four years, he was never the game changer that the late Al Davis thought his blazing speed would make him. Last season Heyward-Bey had 41 catches for 606 yards and five touchdowns.

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  1. jimiinpa says: Mar 25, 2013 7:15 AM

    . Last season Heyward-Bey had 41 catches for 606 yards and five touchdowns.and one ” knocked the hell out “

  2. sfniners4life says: Mar 25, 2013 7:16 AM

    Hey raiders fans, you willing to admit you made the wrong pick yet? Lol Crabtree is a beast and DHB isn’t even signed and this is the first I heard about him even getting a visit.

  3. mpoles says: Mar 25, 2013 7:17 AM

    One of the best WRs in the league with the ball in his hands – runs past, around and over DBs. There are plays when he drags defenders ten yards after the tackle or just runs over them.

    The problem with DHB is that phrase “with the ball in his hands”. He just doesn’t catch very well. Almost all of his catches seem to be into the body. He doesn’t snatch the ball out of the air at all.

    Also, he seems to have trouble tracking the deep ball in the air. He’s a big receiver with 4.3 speed, so he should be a superb deep threat, yet the Raiders have generally used him on short routes and used the likes of Louis Murphy, Jacoby Ford and lately Denarius Moore on deeper patterns. In a deep jump ball situation, he always seems to let the cornerback get between him and the ball, and doesn’t seem to be able to use his strength to make the catch.

    I think he might end up being a productive WR for Andrew Luck, but I also think he’ll never be capable of running the full route tree.

  4. pksullivanmha says: Mar 25, 2013 7:19 AM

    Guess Buddy didn’t listen to Stevie. Oh well maybe the Bills will continue their splash in free agency and sign Fred Davis. @footballady52 🏈

  5. kepdogg23 says: Mar 25, 2013 7:20 AM

    This was the Whopper? My hands are better than his, too bad I run a 6.4 40.

  6. psychoraider904 says: Mar 25, 2013 7:50 AM

    sfniners4life says:
    Mar 25, 2013 7:16 AM

    Hey raiders fans, you willing to admit you made the wrong pick yet? Lol Crabtree is a beast and DHB isn’t even signed and this is the first I heard about him even getting a visit.

    Yes, Crabtree is a better WR. That’s not saying much though. DHB has a lot of good qualities, but is an average WR at best. And to call Crabtree a beast?? What?? And I thought Raider fans were delusional.

  7. tampa2dominates says: Mar 25, 2013 7:53 AM

    Never going to be an elite receiver, but the Colts don’t need him to be. They have Reggie Wayne, and the young T.Y. Hilton. Plus 2 young tights end in Fleener and Allen. He will give them an outside speed threat to complement the underneath receiving options, keeping defenses honest.

  8. steelerben says: Mar 25, 2013 7:54 AM

    If Charlie Williams can teach him to catch then you know Andrew Luck can hit him on the money. He should have a little space to work without having to be the number one, too.

    He’ll just have to learn to keep a better eye on the safety coming across the middle.

  9. upstaterules says: Mar 25, 2013 7:54 AM

    Supposedly visiting Buffalo later this week too.

  10. mad55555 says: Mar 25, 2013 8:35 AM

    like the Cowboys the Raiders stupidity always brightens my day. Lol

  11. 1bigtex says: Mar 25, 2013 8:37 AM

    “One of the best WRs in the league with the ball in his hands…”

    Excuse me but “DO WHAT”? Some folks just don’t want to admit that DHB was a huge mistake. Four years in the league and yet, averaging less than 3 TDs a season. He’s a threat to score every 5 or 6 games. The only coaching staff that was ever scared by Bey was the one in Oakland that had to try and mask Al’s enormous draft day blunder.

    Kudos though to DHB for one of the greatest impressions of Roberto Duran ever. DHB is clearly the front runner to wrestle away the former boxing champion’s nickname, Hands of Stone.

  12. devildog911 says: Mar 25, 2013 8:41 AM

    He’ll be more productive with Andrew Luck than with any Raiders QB.

  13. IBleedBlueBitchez says: Mar 25, 2013 8:58 AM

    The colts will make him better, they actually have these things called coaches, unlike the Raiders. Look for DHB to be among the top 5 wide outs next year if they sign him. LOL

  14. dankinator says: Mar 25, 2013 9:07 AM

    Can’t really be a top receiver when ya don’t have anyone to throw to ya…and he sure never had that Oakland.

  15. demolition510 says: Mar 25, 2013 9:13 AM

    Crabtree may be the better receiver, but he’s a diva and head case. Give me DHB’s work ethics and attitude any day. I never wanted DHB with that 1st pick, but once he came on board I supported him. Alot of fans were the same.

    He is a YAC receiver, not a serious deep threat (until his hands extremely prove). Strong and fast. Good luck D!

  16. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 25, 2013 9:18 AM

    Can’t really be a top receive when you can’t catch the ball consistently and run good routes.

  17. nviverson says: Mar 25, 2013 9:19 AM

    I wouldn’t mind signing this guy in Cleveland. He would open the door for Josh Gordon. His speed and size are a threat! Move Little to the slot and have DHB and Gordon on the outside= half way decent passing attack.

  18. sportsnut101 says: Mar 25, 2013 9:36 AM

    Wow big move I’m excited to have Sumone who runs so fast but is never open lmao. N can’t catch.

    Yes speed helps but the greatest wr of all time wasn’t fast ever heard of him Jerry rice
    U have to learn how to run routes it’s about timing first speed second

  19. realfootballfan says: Mar 25, 2013 9:48 AM

    It’s funny to read the criticisms of Heyward-Bey when he was clearly emerging under Hue Jackson in his offense and took a big step back last year. Something might tell me that had alot more to do with the coaches and seeing him with good coaches again, I think he’ll be fine.

  20. dontrunfromme says: Mar 25, 2013 10:54 AM

    He’s got lobster claws for hands. Good luck with that

  21. croghan1919 says: Mar 25, 2013 11:11 AM

    Donnie Avery exits, Heyward-Bay enters…
    seems like a push to me.
    His chances of improving numbers are better with Luck than with…er?…whoever it was last year.

  22. obsession55 says: Mar 25, 2013 11:24 AM

    Hes an upgrade over Donnie Avery, and thats all we’d be asking of him. Hes obviously not a #1 in Indy. Good signing (if it happens)!

  23. aldavisraiders says: Mar 25, 2013 11:26 AM

    DHB in 2012 missed 2 games and had 995 yards under Hue Jackson Power Blocking Play Action Offense.
    Under Knapp and Allen DHB and the Offense went from Top 10 in Scoring to Bottom in the NFL with the same players.

  24. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 25, 2013 12:00 PM

    Good guy and he works hard but he has horrible hands and he’s not a good route runner. A decent #3 or 4 receiver if the price is right.
    If he wants too much, it’ll be easy for a team to do without him.

  25. granadafan says: Mar 25, 2013 12:05 PM

    If you took the two Bay Area WR draft picks, Crabtree and DHB, and combined them together, you’d have a great receiver. Both have their minuses: Crbatree with his huge diva attitude and disappearing in games; DHB with his hands of stone and imprecise route running. Crabtree has the better QB and organization but has just barely lived up to the hype. DHB was a bust for his draft position.

  26. kenstabler says: Mar 25, 2013 12:09 PM

    A perfect fit, he has two horseshoes on his hands.

  27. raiderrob21 says: Mar 25, 2013 12:10 PM

    As someone said DHB is good, but he usese his chest to catch the ball. All great WR catch solely with their hands. Hes great once he has the ball in his hands. Best of luck to DHB, enjoyed you here in the Bay.

    RAIDER NATION!!!!

  28. nesportsfan0428 says: Mar 25, 2013 12:55 PM

    Denairus Moore has done what DHB was supposed to do.

  29. westcoastraider says: Mar 25, 2013 1:05 PM

    sfniners4life says:
    Mar 25, 2013 7:16 AM
    Hey raiders fans, you willing to admit you made the wrong pick yet? Lol Crabtree is a beast and DHB isn’t even signed and this is the first I heard about him even getting a visit.
    ——————————————

    Ha, you must be one of these bandwagon niner fans that you see walking around norther Cali, Crabtree has talent and is a good wr, resepect where respect is due.. But if he’s such a beast, why did the sf go and trade for boldin? Why did they sign manningham and moss last year? Cause dude will never be more than a number 2 wide out.. DHB May never be a pro bowler but I’d take that dudes has heart and the drive to succeed, Crabtree looks like someone who’s eventually going to end up holding out for a bigger contract cause he feels he’s worth it.. And that’s not coming as a raider fan, that’s coming as a fan I general…

  30. kopr11 says: Mar 25, 2013 1:20 PM

    Seems fine to me as a #3 or #4 if they can get him for a bargain price. He is dogged for his “bust” as a high pick but he can be a solid non-starter in many lineups.

  31. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 25, 2013 1:22 PM

    Luck will make him better, heck Avery was pretty much a bust in the league until last year when Luck and the staff resurrected his career, now hes getting over paid in KC, DHB would be a upgrade over Avery, if we do sign him hopefully its a one year vet min deal

  32. jamezz23 says: Mar 25, 2013 1:39 PM

    With all this talk about Detroit taking another receiver in the early rounds, why not make a run at this guy. Very fast, he’d be coming into a wr friendly system, playing opposite of Calvin and we can even save our 2 round pick and draft another position of need. Makes perfect sense, at least to me it does

  33. ralzdmann says: Mar 25, 2013 1:42 PM

    I tend to think he’s played with horrible QBs in Oakland. This would be his first shot at making himself into a player in the NFL

  34. randallflagg52 says: Mar 25, 2013 1:42 PM

    Always liked him for his attitude and because he’s a Maryland guy. I know it won’t happen but I’d like to see him reunited with Torrey Smith.

    Good luck to ya DHB.

  35. lainc8254 says: Mar 25, 2013 1:47 PM

    Michael Crabtree hasn’t done that much since being in the league. He has been fortunate enough to have been in a better system and better organization. He could have really won me over if he had won the game saving battle at the end of the superbowl. I just don’t see that Michael Crabtree will ever emerge as an elite receiver by the time his pro career ends.
    DHB will emerge once he is on a team with a pro QB throwing and with a true offensive system that will take advantage of his talents. He wasn’t fast to begin with and he had a foot injury during the draft. None of the other teams were trying to trade up to get this guy.

  36. boltncolt says: Mar 25, 2013 3:16 PM

    Not the “whopper” we’ve been waiting for, but with a little Luck any WR’s numbers can improve!

  37. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Mar 25, 2013 3:29 PM

    Torrey Smith used to be a burner who couldn’t do anything but basket-catch a bomb thrown perfectly over his inside shoulder. Now look at him.

    This move makes all the sense in the world for Indy. Reggie Wayne’s got exactly 1 year left. TY Hilton passed him in productivity the last half of the season already.

    I don’t know if a guy can still be a “project” after being in the league as long as he’s been… Likewise, I don’t know if you can have a “comeback” if you never “were” in the first place. But Indy’s the place to do it, as long as it wasn’t all Bruce Arians responsible for WR’s development last year.

  38. 1wrecked1 says: Mar 25, 2013 7:02 PM

    Maybe they can get Fred Belintnakoff to school this guy on holding on to the ball. STICKUM anyone????

  39. cantarguefacts says: Mar 25, 2013 9:31 PM

    If the Colts sign this guy they will have an offensive set that will be pretty awesome.

    Wayne on the edge
    Allen and Fleener at TE
    Hilton in the slot
    DHB on the other edge
    Ballard in the backfiled.
    And of course, Luck who can be a double-threat when prompted.

    Say what you want about Irsay, the dude can put together a great team (offense at least)

  40. FlyFromTheInside says: Mar 26, 2013 5:59 PM

    Too bad for DHB. Wanting to go to a team with a pick machine throwing the ball

  41. bowldsbrendonbboi7581 says: Mar 27, 2013 4:08 AM

    DHB, is a big receiver. He has never had a consistent QB. I really think that his talents could still be utilized in an offense. It would definitely be worth the risk to take him without a doubt. He didn’t register 1,000 yards last year, but 668 isn’t terrible. It’s enough to be a 2nd or 3rd option in a passing game, and that’s all the Colts need him for. Also, it gives a nice red-zone target, if the Colts can close the deal at a decent price, he would definitely be worth the risk.

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