Some Pittsburgh Steelers fans are for it, some of them are against it, but the majority of Steelers fans.."Just Don’t Know". But as in all free agency signings, there is a "Risk" and "Reward" factor that comes into play. And former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver, Darrius Heyward-Bey would be considered more "Risk" than "Reward". Not in the off the field antics, but in his on the field short comings.
Heyward-Bey, at 6 ft. 2 inches blazed in the 40 yard dash running an official time of 4.3 seconds But as we all know, "Speed" does not a talented receiver make. It does however make a big, unproven receiver with apparently a lack of hands into a track star. And let’s be perfectly honest, who wants a lightening fast receiver with hand as soft as bricks inside of a stone suitcase?
Now here is the even sadder part. Heyward-Bey played in 11 games his rookie season, recording mere 9 receptions for 124 yards and one(1) touchdown. His best season came in 2011 playing 15 games with 64 receptions for 975 yards and 4 touchdowns, and let’s not forget the 1 fumble. All-in-All, after 5 seasons in the NFL Heyward-Bey has recorded 72 games played, 169 receptions, 2380 yards and 12 touchdowns. Those total numbers barely surpassing Antonio Browns’ 110 receptions, 1499 yards and 8 touchdowns, and that was just last season alone.
Antonio Brown he is not. Then again..who really is? So putting this is painless & obvious as possible, the only "Reward" by signing Darrius Heyward-Bey is "SPEED", and having the ability to spread the field, making receivers around him better. The problem is, if defenders believe him to be a decoy they may fade off of coverage and go after more targeted and "Catch Worthy" receivers like Brown and new Steelers reciver, Lance Moore. Everthing else would be considered a "Risk" in my book.