Heyward-Bey looking for a strong second season

August 7, 2010

The Raiders former first round draft pick is working hard to turn around a disappointing rookie season, in which he posted only 9 receptions in 11 games, with only one touchdown. He missed the last five games of the season due to a foot injury. Darrius Heyward-Bey has been giving it his all this training camp and has shown a lot of maturity and a desire to improve.

Heyward-Bey has been putting in long hours most days, staying late after practice to work one-on-one with two-time Pro Bowler Nnamdi Asomugha, learning to disguise his pass routes and read defenders. Part of his offseason effort has been to develop more size and strength. Heyward-Bey has bulked up to 215 lbs. this offseason, 10 pounds more than his rookie year.

Coach Tom Cable has noticed a significant elevation in his play. He's no longer dropping passes regularly throughout practice and he's playing with a competitive edge that he hadn't shown last year.

With Heyward-Bey's speed and improved skill set, the Raiders hope to utilize him to stretch the field in 2010. With the addition of Hue Jackson and new starting quarterback Jason Campbell, things can only get better for Darrius Heyward-Bey and the Raiders.

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