The Pittsburgh Steelers have made a move to keep wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey at least for one more year. Although he had a bit of competition at the wide receiver position, he truly made his mark as a member of the special teams.
Heyward-Bey is one of the fastest players on the team and, as a result, his skills can be used in a variety of ways. Antonio Brown is still the go-to option at the position and with younger guys like Markus Wheaton andMartavis Bryant, the new member of the Steelers was not able to get many receptions last season.
The 28-year-old receiver caught just three passes for 33 yards last season, which was his first as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. This marks the third team that he has played for since being selected with the 7th overall pick of the 2009 NFL draft.
Steelers signed WR Darrius Heyward-Bey to a 1-year contract DHB has dropped 8.6% of his NFL targets, highest among 1st round WR from 09-14
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 26, 2015
What did Darrius Heyward-Bey do last year to make the Steelers say, "Hey, let's do this again."
— JJ Zachariason (@LateRoundQB) March 26, 2015
The Pittsburgh Steelers have always been more of a running team anyway, and behind the great Le’Veon Bell, who was unfortunately injured prior the playoffs last year, Darrius Heyward-Bey does not get used as much as he might like.
However, he is still an important element to the team and may be more useful on offense over the course of the 2015 season after re-signing with the team. The Steelers need any help that they can get after a brutal battle to make the playoffs last year when all 4 teams were fighting for their playoff hopes until the Browns’ season fell apart.
Steelers sign Darrius Heyward-Bey. He played more special teams' snaps than all other Pittsburgh receivers combined in 2014 (175). #Steelers
— Alex Kozora (@Alex_Kozora) March 26, 2015
Last season, Heyward-Bey made the 53-man roster after a late preseason surge and drew a key pass interference penalty in an early season win at Carolina. Prior to joining the Steelers, he played with the Raiders for 4 seasons and joined the Colts for a brief stint in 2013.
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