Indianapolis Colts: Will Darrius Heyward-Bey Finally Break Out Courtesy of Andrew Luck?

By Ryan Heckman


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This offseason, the Indianapolis Colts made a move that has been hardly talked about or recognized. For the first 24 hours after the signing, it was hardly a trending topic in the sports world. But, it could turn out to be one of the best moves of the spring.

Indianapolis brought in former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey in hopes that quarterback Andrew Luck can revive his young and disappointing career.

Luck enjoyed a fantastic rookie season and it is fair to say he will be a great quarterback in this league for many years to come. He displayed the ability to get any teammates involved whenever it was necessary, regardless of the perceived talent of those individual players.

Heyward-Bey possesses great size with a 6’2” frame and 220 pound body that Luck could turn into one of his best possession receivers. In 56 games with Oakland, the four year veteran posted career numbers of 140 catches for 2,071 yards and only 11 touchdowns.

With Luck’s talent, already at his age, Heyward-Bey could wind up matching those numbers over the course of two seasons, assuming he pans out in 2013. Having a lackluster running game, Luck will more than likely pass the ball quite a bit just like he did in his rookie season. This could bode well for Heyward-Bey.

Let’s not forget that the former Maryland standout still possesses 4.25 speed and could turn out to be even more than just a third down favorite. If Luck can help coach him along and instill confidence within Heyward-Bey, 2013 may turn out to be his breakout season that we’ve been waiting for all along.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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