When the Indianapolis Colts went out and signed free agent wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey this offseason, many wondered if the 2009 first-round draft pick could revitalize his career behind the play of Andrew Luck. The former Oakland Raiders wideout has been largely a disappointment so far and it’s unclear whether he will be able to change that.
So far in Colts training camp, though, Heyward-Bey has looked good enough to where to team has been playing him at the number two wide receiver next to Reggie Wayne. This comes as a bit of a shock to some because of the play of a certain rookie last year.
Second year pro T.Y. Hilton had a great rookie season in 2012 finishing with 50 receptions for 861 yards and seven touchdowns. He emerged as a nice deep threat for Luck and quickly developed a great chemistry with the quarterback.
But, the Colts seem to like Heyward-Bey and what he can still bring to an NFL roster. The 6’2” former Maryland standout carries a 40-yard dash time of around 4.2-4.3 seconds, assuming he’s in tip-top shape. With a bigger frame and solid speed, he could turn out to be a steal in free agency for Indianapolis.
Through four seasons, Heyward-Bey has compiled 140 receptions for 2,061 yards and 11 touchdowns. At only 26 years old still, the guy wants to prove he can still play. It is very impressive for him to be considered above Hilton at this point especially after the season he had last year as the Colts went to the postseason.
Heyward-Bey will be a guy to watch closely as Colts camp progresses. Maybe he will even hold onto that spot and wind up starting in 2013.