The Raiders shocked the world when they drafted Darrius Heyward-Bey over "better" players like Michael Crabtree, Percy Harvin and Jeremy Maclin. Nobody was surprised by Heyward-Bey's poor rookie season and many were quick to label him a bust after one season.
Nobody is more disappointed in DHB's rookie season than he is and he is looking to do big things in 2010.
I for one believe Heyward-Bey will have a breakout year in 2010 and here are five reason's why.
Does a quarterback make the receiver better or does the receiver make the quarterback better? That question is one of those questions that can be debated all day.
Perhaps the question that should be asked in this case is, would you rather have JaMarcus Russell as your quarterback or Jason Campbell?
Campbell is now in control of the offense and this will help Heyward-Bey's production increase. Look for Campbell and Heyward-Bey to build good chemistry on the field and help lead the Raiders back to the top.
Hue Jackson is a very talented coach and the Raiders are very fortunate to have him. He has helped develop players like Matt Ryan and Chad Ochocinco into solid players.
Jackson will not only help in Heyward-Bey's development process but he will also make sure to utilize DHB's talents as the offensive coordinator. Jackson know's what he has to do to turn the offense around and he will get it done.
The dynamic duo of Darren McFadden and Michael Bush will help DHB become a more productive and dangerous player. One of Jason Campbell's strengths is the play action pass and he has the arm to throw the deep ball.
Bush and McFadden will be running wild in 2010 and that will open up plenty of opportunities for the play action deep ball.
Heyward-Bey has the speed to create space and he will get open on play action plays because the tandem of Grand Master Bush and Run DMC will demand respect in the backfield.
The Raiders have plenty of young receivers who would love to be the number one guy. Louis Murphy, Chaz Schilens and Darrius Heyward-Bey all have the potential and the ability to become the number one receiver in Oakland.
This competition will not only help make each one of the receivers work harder and become better, but they will also help each other on the field as well.
When you have more than one receiver who could be your number one guy it opens up the field and helps get other players open.
Zach Miller will also help Heyward-Bey get open in the field as well.
There are many people who will help DHB become a breakout player in 2010, but the person who will have the biggest impact in his success is himself.
Heyward-Bey's work ethic and character alone should give the Raider Nation the most confidence. There was plenty of pressure on DHB because of where he was drafted and who drafted him.
The way he has handled himself despite the pressure and the media should be commended.
Heyward-Bey wants to be successful and he is showing the Raider Nation he is not going to let his name be tarnished with the bust label.
He spent his offseason in California training, working on his routes, working on his catching and working on becoming a better teammate.
He has gained 10 to 15 pounds of muscle, he has been working on his stiff arm and he has been seen giving younger players advice.
In practice he looks like a different player and if you practice how you play then DHB should be a breakout player for the Raiders.
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