Preseason Profile: Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR

Darrius Heyward-Bey #85

College: Maryland
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 210 lbs
Arm Length: 38 5/8″
Hand Size: 9″

 

40 Yard Dash: 4.3
3 Cone Drill: 6.8
20 Yard Shuttle: 4.18
Bench Press: 16 reps
Vertical Jump: 38.5″
Broad Jump: 126″

 

The projected starter along side Moore is currently Darrius Heyward-Bey. Darrius’ road to this point has been rocky to say the least. After having a forgettable rookie season he has steadily improved his game each of the last 2 years and finally began to “breakout” last year hauling in 64 catches for 975 yards and 4 scores.

While there are still many things Heyward-Bey has to improve with his game, there are also many things to like about him. He excels at down field blocking in the running game which is very under-rated by many because it doesn’t show up in a stat line. It’s also hard to find someone to plays harder or has a better work ethic than Heyward-Bey. The improvement in his game reflects those things as well.

Much like Moore though, Heyward-Bey also has more responsibility than just his own game now. He will need to lead both verbally and by example for these younger players who are in a position he was in not too long ago. His consistency will be important this year as he tries to put it all together and become a primary target in the offense. The window for “getting up to speed” is closing for Darrius. It’s time for him to step up and reach his full potential that Al Davis saw in him back in 2009.

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