The Indianapolis Colts recently signed Darrius Heyward-Bey to a one-year deal after the wideout spent the first four seasons of his career with the Oakland Raiders and now that he’ll be playing for a playoff contender–all eyes will be focused on whether or not the former first-round pick can finally live up to his potential in the NFL.
Heyward-Bey has shown potential at times as a wide receiver in the NFL, but one of the main problems throughout his career has been consistency as he would look impressive one week–only to go on and struggle the following week. While the argument can be made that his numbers would be better on a team other than the Raiders, there’s no excuse for Heyward-Bey not to perform well now that he’ll have one of the most up-and-coming quarterbacks throwing him the ball in 2013 in Andrew Luck.
If last year is any indication of what to expect in the future, Luck has a bright future ahead and could easily emerge into one of the league’s top quarterbacks–which is why the Colts the signing of Heyward-Bey can help the wideout reach his true potential. Indianapolis already has one of the top wide receivers in Reggie Wayne and if Heyward-Bey does find a way to live up to that first-round potential–the Colts’ offense could be even more deadly in 2013.
However, there’s no reason to make a big deal over any of this yet considering Heyward-Bey still has to prove himself as a wide receiver first.
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