The second coming of Limas Sweed?
Some yinzers think the Pittsburgh Steelers’ recently signed wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey might be just that. That’s far from true though.
Heyward-Bey was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in back in 2009 and although he never broke out in jaw-dropping fashion he still maintain solid numbers throughout his career. His biggest season came in 2011 when the former Raider nearly amassed 1,000 yards as he earned 975 receiving yards.
Last season with the Indianapolis Cotls, Heyward-Bey struggled, catching 29 passes for 309 yards and one touchdown. He also found himself dropping nine passes last season, passes coming from a reliable quarterback in Andrew Luck.
This raised a stink when the Steelers signed Heyward-Bey to a one-year-deal but the even though Heyward-Bey might not be some Pro Bowl receiver he’s still a quality guy that could potentially help a shaken Steelers’ receiving core.
I read multiple articles that pegged Heyward-Bey as “Low Risk, High Reward” and that phrase is right on the money and that’s why I’ll weigh in with the same phrase.
It makes total sense to sign a big receiver who’s been known for his speed, and it’s only to a one-year-deal which you can’t imagine is a large sum of money. What’s there to lose? Why not take your chances on Heyward-Bey?
There’s no guarantee Heyward-Bey makes out of camp but this team needs to evaluate all they can from a reciever standpoint. There’s a good chance they draft a receiver in the first round but if not, maybe Heyward-Bey surprises in camp and becomes a legitimate contender this season. If not, well not a whole lot is loss.
I believe Heyward-Bey still has some gas left in the tank and could be a good pick-up for the Steelers. I continue to push for the team to focus on the defense in the first round of this year’s draft but a receiver is very much in play.
There’s no telling how this will turn out but all and all the next Limas Sweed is a bit much. Heyward-Bey is well above Sweed but one thing I’ve always loved about the steel city is their sense of humor.