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The Risk/Reward of Heyward-Bey to the Steelers

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.

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