A few days ago marked the one year anniversary of JaMarcus Russell getting cut, and the Raider Nation parting ways with arguably the biggest draft bust of all time. I have heard a lot of people saying that DHB is a draft bust and the Raiders should part ways with him as well. In my own personal opinion, I believe that DHB can turn his career around and become the play making receiver we all hoped he would be.
It is no secret that Heyward-Bey has not had number 1 receiver stats, or really shown he can be a consistent threat in the passing game, but often times it takes a receiver a few years to adjust to the NFL style of play. The negatives of his game are pointed out often, inconsistent hands, poor route running, rarely gets separation from corners, etc. The fact is I rarely hear the positives in his game. Everyone knows he has the pure athletic ability to become great, and he has a great work ethic which will benefit him in the long run. Also, he is an under-rated blocker in the run game, and being a run first team that is extremely important. I guess the point of this post is to say it is too soon to call DHB a bust. I would like to point out another player who played at Maryland by the name of Vernon Davis. He was unproductive until his 4th year in the NFL and now he is considered a very good tight end. Also, this time of year last year people where saying trade McFadden and look at the year he had. Give players some time to develop before you write them off as busts. I am predicting a break out year for DHB and the rest of the Raiders receivers.