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KevinJames
08-04-2009, 04:04 PM
NFL First-round pick Heyward-Bey struggling to get a grip at Raiders camp

Oakland coach Tom Cable insists he is not concerned about wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, even as the Raiders' first-round draft pick struggles through the first few days of training camp.

Heyward-Bey dropped four passes on Monday in Oakland's first full-contact practice, one day after dropping a trio of throws as owner Al Davis looked on.
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"He understands his job is to catch footballs and for him it is just a process of gaining confidence and getting comfortable every day at this level," Cable said. "And he is doing that by leaps and bounds. I am really not worried about it. He is just pressing. He just wants to impress you. That is what it is."

The seventh overall pick in the NFL draft, Heyward-Bey has been the most closely watched player in Oakland's camp this year. He missed the team's first practice while his agent hammered out the details on a five-year deal that will guarantee Heyward-Bey at least $23.5 million, then joined the team for a light workout later that same afternoon.

On Monday, Oakland donned full pads but the results weren't what the offense had been hoping for. Quarterback JaMarcus Russell missed open receivers on a few throws, backup Jeff Garcia sat out with a strained calf muscle and Heyward-Bey had more drops than he did catches.

After practice, Cable pulled his young receiver to the side for a quick pep talk. At the end of the brief discussion, Cable patted Heyward-Bey on the back as the former Maryland star headed for the locker room to get treatment on the hamstring that sidelined him during the offseason.

"I wouldn't say I'm pressing, I'm just trying to work through the kinks," Heyward-Bey said. "That's football. It happens. They tell me all the time, 'Forget about that."'

Russell knows a thing or two about scrutiny and trying to do too much as a rookie. Drafted with the No. 1 overall pick in 2006, he missed all of training camp in a contract holdout and played sparingly his first season while the criticism increased each week.

Oakland's third-year quarterback said it's important for Heyward-Bey to not listen to what is being said or written about him.

"He's very anxious to succeed," Russell said. "I don't know anyone who's not going to be anxious to succeed, but I told him make it easy for yourself. Sometimes you jump for passes you don't have to. The ball's going to be in places where you expect it to be so just run through your routes and do what got you here. Those guys know you can catch so go out there and show them."

Heyward-Bey did make two nice grabs, hauling in a 20-yard completion from Russell on a crossing route. After catching the ball, Heyward-Bey quickly accelerated and split through a trio of defenders on his way to the end zone.

"I'm still thinking, because it's still fairly new, but I'm out there trying to run full speed, trying to show the coaches what I can do," Heyward-Bey said. "They want us to go out there, and run as fast as we can, come off the ball hard, and that's what I'm doing."

Still, Russell knows the questions about Heyward-Bey won't stop until the receiver starts making plays. He also hopes the rookie avoids the temptation to try to do too much too soon because of the growing criticism.

"At times there are because everybody is asking the question, 'What is he going to do?"' Russell said. "Hey, you've got to go out there and relax yourself and be poised. just go out there and make plays. He's there to make 'em. Now he's just gotta go out there and do it."


http://www.nfl.com/trainingcamp/story?id=09000d5d811a3f6e&template=without-video-with-comments&confirm=trueLOL ROFL! everyone point and laugh

thats my nickname for him and im sticking to it!

10 dropped passes in 3 days.... Wow even Daniel Grahm catches the ball better than this guy Hilarious!

Northman
08-04-2009, 04:04 PM
Meh, its early but it wouldnt hurt my feelings if he flounders in Oaktown.

CoopDawg
08-04-2009, 04:26 PM
Had to be the biggest shock of the first round, Oakland reaching for this guy at #7. If he cant learn how to catch the Raiders will look extremely dumb. Not to mention that Michael Crabtree is across the bay!

Bronco Rob
08-04-2009, 04:26 PM
Dwayne Bowe Jr.




:~ohyah!:

Florida_Bronco
08-04-2009, 04:30 PM
10 dropped passes in 3 days.... Wow even Daniel Grahm catches the ball better than this guy Hilarious!

I don't know why that's surprising, considering Daniel has extremely good hands.

BlaK-Argentina
08-04-2009, 04:52 PM
I don't know why that's surprising, considering Daniel has extremely good hands.

He dropped the 4th down pass against Jax two years ago so he sucks at catching the ball now. :clown:

Florida_Bronco
08-04-2009, 05:03 PM
He dropped the 4th down pass against Jax two years ago so he sucks at catching the ball now. :clown:

Yeah, I know. It's amazing how because of one instance, people will ignore almost a decade of extremely solid performance.

But alas, most people are stupid.

gunns
08-04-2009, 05:49 PM
Had to be the biggest shock of the first round, Oakland reaching for this guy at #7. If he cant learn how to catch the Raiders will look extremely dumb. Not to mention that Michael Crabtree is across the bay!

Will look extremely dumb? They've been there for years. This is just another hole in one for old Al. Waiting for him to pick a kicker in round one again. Haven't laughed that hard in years, well since 2000.

Los Broncos
08-04-2009, 05:57 PM
Will look extremely dumb? They've been there for years. This is just another hole in one for old Al. Waiting for him to pick a kicker in round one again. Haven't laughed that hard in years, well since 2000.

That was in 2000? that was funny as hell...

Dr. Broncenstein
08-04-2009, 06:17 PM
It's due to the bacon grease coming from the hands of Jamarcus.

Orange_Beard
08-04-2009, 06:19 PM
My dreams have come true.

bowtown
08-04-2009, 06:21 PM
But he's so FAST!

TheDave
08-04-2009, 06:25 PM
Everyone but Raider fan knew this was coming...

KevinJames
08-04-2009, 07:28 PM
I don't know why that's surprising, considering Daniel has extremely good hands.

first of all it was sort of a joke.......but what you said was even more of a joke he does not have "extremely good hands"

Yeah, I know. It's amazing how because of one instance, people will ignore almost a decade of extremely solid performance.

But alas, most people are stupid.

are you serious? One instance? I have seen him drop his fair of balls that should have been caught and yeah same goes for Marshall but maybe it just sticks out more because hes a TE and wasn't targeted anywhere near as much as Marshall.

but I don't know whats stupider me saying Daniel has bad hands which some people will agree or you thinking Jarvis Moss has a chance to actually make the team which nobody really agrees :thumbs: I don't know