The Pittsburgh Steelers signed Darrius Heyward-Bey this past week in an attempt to cope with the losses of Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery, who both chose to sign elsewhere this off season. Heyward-Bey is hardly the answer for the Steelers. While Sanders and Cotchery weren’t stud receivers in their time with Pittsburgh, they could certainly have been considered serviceable.
After Heyward-Bey blew everyone away in the 2009 NFL scouting combine with his blazing speed, and he became a first-round pick that year. The first-round pick is a label that Heyward-Bey has found difficult to shake throughout his entire career, but he certainly hasn’t done himself any favors. Throughout his career Heyward-Bey has shown his lightning quick speed that made him such an attractive first-round selection in 2009, but has continually showed lack of focus and concentration, while struggling mightily to hang onto the football. Heading into what will be his sixth season in the NFL this year, Heyward-Bey has amassed 169 catches for 2,380 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Many people believed that Heyward-Bey would benefit from a change of scenery in 2013 when he signed a one-year deal in Indianapolis and he showed that he still suffered from his same old problems with dropped balls and lack of concentration. Fans and fantasy football owners alike should expect the same frustrating and disappointing output that Heyward-Bey has put up throughout his entire career. He is not worth wasting a draft pick on in any fantasy league and shouldn’t even be considered as a waiver wire option. When Heyward-Bey has ended up producing in the past it has been too few and far between to be worthy of any fantasy owner bothering considering him for a roster spot. I wouldn’t even be surprised if the Steelers further address their wide receivers issues during the 2014 draft, which could further push Heyward-Bey down the Pittsburgh depth chart. It is safe to say that fantasy football owners should avoid the speedy receiver at all costs in 2014.