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Steelers 2014 Pre Training Camp Roster Polls: Will WR Darrius Heyward-Bey Make The Final 53?


The Pittsburgh Steelers won’t begin training camp for two more weeks, so I thought we would spend this week talking about a few players that many believe will have a decent shot at making the final 53 man roster. Basically, these are players that we can’t quite consider locks, but do consider as being on the bubble.

After reading the recap of the player that we highlight, you can cast your vote as to whether or not you think that player will make the final 53 man roster. Each poll will run for three days.

The fifth player up in this series is veteran wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey.

2013 Season Recap:

Heyward-Bey, who was originally drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft, was with the Indianapolis Colts in 2013 and he caught only 29 passes for 309 yards and one touchdown in 615 snaps played. The speedster had his chances, however, as he was targeted a total of 62 times. Heyward-Bey has struggled with drops his entire career and that problem continued last season in Indianapolis. It ultimately led to him being benched and he played just 30 snaps on offense over the course of the last three weeks of the regular season.

In order to get a helmet during those final weeks, Heyward-Bey had to play on special teams and he actually showed some promise on both the punt and kickoff coverage units. He recorded two tackles over the course of the final three regular season games and one playoff game.

2014 Outlook:

Heyward-Bey enters training camp having to beat out young wide receivers Justin Brown and Derek Moye for a spot on the final 53 man roster. In order to accomplish that, he’s going to have to find a way to overcome his drop problem as well as continue to progress on special teams. The only real positive attribute that Heyward-Bey possesses that his competition doesn’t is speed. He’s going to need more than just that, however, if he doesn’t want his football career to end prior to Week 1 of the regular season. This is likely his last chance.

Vote below and tell us the reason why you voted the way that you did in the comments below.

You can view the results here.

Previous Polls:
Will LB Terence Garvin Make The Final 53?
Will LB Sean Spence Make The Final 53?
Will LB Jordan Zumwalt Make The Final 53?
Will WR Derek Moye Make The Final 53?

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  • Weiss Chad

    I think he has to have a really good camp to make this team.In other words he needs to catch the ball consistently ..I hope he proves me wrong and becomes an excellent reciever for us but I don’t see it

  • Dom

    I think he will, although I know that I am in the minority here. I think he has a lot of unfulfilled potential and if he shows even a bit of it then he is a far better option then J.Brown and Derek Moye

  • Kurt Williams

    Coach Mann seemed to heap a lot of praise for J. Brown. He sees a totally different guy from last year. Training camp will sort it out, but if Justin Brown continues to impress and contributes on ST, he makes the 53 ahead of DHB and Moye.

  • Weiss Chad

    Roethlisberger seems to think the same thing of brown

  • Lil Smitty

    I don’t see him making it on his receiving skills. He will need to be an unbelievable gunner to make the team. Here is an insane idea; if he can tackle effectively, try him out at cornerback. If he has the flexibility in his hips to turn quickly, he would have the speed to keep up with any receiver. He would have to stay on the 53, but if shows promise it might be worth the investment. How many times has the statement been made that cornerbacks are high school receivers that can’t catch.

  • Smashmouth

    I’d have to disagree with you on this , you can’t teach speed but he’s had more than enough time and chances to learn how to hold on to the ball imho i would much rather have someone not as fast who can hold on to the ball in traffic as opposed to a receiver who’s a bullet but can’t catch a cold

  • dgh57

    The first thing a WR has to have is hands or in other words can he be relied upon to catch the ball. History says NO and so I was surprised we even signed this guy! What I’m afraid of is that he’s going to pull a Chris Carter on us and play just good enough to make the team! We already have a Chris Carter on defense we don’t need one on offense also. Hopefully if he makes the team it’s only as the 5th WR who doesn’t dress every game and when he is used only in mop up times and on Special Teams!

  • Jacque Strappe

    He’s the equivalent of an accountant who can’t add, or an editor who can’t spell, or an orator with a speech impediment, or a duck who can’t swim, or a …………..

  • CW

    Who knows. Every once in a while a receiver has a certain rapport build with a particular quarterback that he doesn’t elsewhere. Mike Wallace had that with Big Ben and was a superstar with him. Same too with Santonio Holmes. Could be that Bey has the same situation occur with Big Ben, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

  • Larry Sarver

    Intriguing idea! Not insane. Thinking outside the box. Bey also appears to have blocking skills. Need to consider his total package

  • Milliken Steeler

    Justin Brown is already a better route runner and has better hands then Bey. Him being 6’3″ is just another bonus however, his work ethic and upside seem to be what helps him break through.

  • steeltown

    Slim chance

  • treeher

    Here’s a question: Did Ike Taylor’s hands ever get better? No.

  • Weiss Chad

    I agree ..if you gotta try to teach a kid to catch at this level,more than likely it just ain’t gonna hsppen

  • Weiss Chad

    I disagree…Id take j brown over DhB any day

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