At the beginning of the 2011 season, I thought that Darrius Heyward-Bey was the fourth or fifth best receiver on the Oakland Raiders. But after having watched him over the year, I have to say the man has won me over.
It's not that I didn't think that he would improve, but after his first two years, I didn't see it happening this much, this fast. For the 2011 season, Heyward-Bey ended up with 64 catches for 975 yards and four touchdowns.
His breakout season removed him from the bust list and led me to hop on his bandwagon. The improvement he made without an offseason leads me to believe he'll be scary next year with a full offseason, leading to his first Pro Bowl.
Turn the page to see why.