Oakland Raiders Receivers: Jacoby Ford May Make Darrius Heyward-Bey Irrelevant

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Oakland Raiders Receivers: Jacoby Ford May Make Darrius Heyward-Bey Irrelevant

Darrius Heyward-Bey was coming off a career-high five catches for 105 receiving yards. So Raider Nation had reason to believe that was all he needed to continue performing like a first round draft pick.

So what would he do for an encore? Nothing.

What? Nothing.

He disappeared with Louis Murphy, Chaz Schilens and Zack Miller out. Heyward-Bey didn't have a single catch in five targets, as dropped balls did enter the equation.

But a new weapon was found in rookie speedster Jacoby Ford. He did have a drop early on, but went on to make some big time, clutch catches in the game to go with his 94-yard kick return for a touchdown.

This breakout performance could minimize the role of Heyward-Bey.

Turn the page to see how.

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