It was only two months ago that the Raiders, emboldened by a strong minicamp season from Darrius Heyward-Bey, randomly sent out a press release comparing DHB to the all-time Raiders greats at wideout, daring critics to question him.
The hype quickly died down when pads came on at training camp.
Heyward-Bey didn’t have a catch in his preseason debut, but he did have a drop. Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune notes that Heyward-Bey has disappeared for long stretches on the practice field.
Lately, Heyward-Bey’s disappearance has been literal. The second-year isn’t injured, but he’s missed at least four straight practices with “fatigue.” Raiders coach Tom Cable says Heyward-Bey worked too hard this offseason and his legs are tired.
“I feel bad for the other guys out there and me missing,” Heyward-Bey said. “But we’re working hard out there, so it takes a toll.”
We can hear the excuse making in Raider Nation: you can’t kill a guy for working too hard!
We’ll just point to the fact that Heyward-Bey is the only young receiver in the league to take days off simply for fatigue in this year or any other.