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WR Darrius Heyward-Bey - Pittsburgh Steelers

6-2, 210Born: 2-26-1987College: MarylandDrafted: Round 1, pick 7

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Week 5: at San Diego Chargers

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Mike Vick had the Steelers in position to win a game, but the team's placekicker blew two game-winning possibilities last week, and the Ravens pulled it out in OT. Vick didn't wow anyone with the 'Michael Vick Experience', but he was a competent game manager who threw 19/26 for 124 yards passing (though some easy throws sailed or hit the turf, as is usual with Vick), one TD and zero interceptions, while adding 9/33/0 rushing. Antonio Brown eked out 5/42/0 receiving on nine targets, while Darrius Heyward-Bey kept Martavis Bryant's seat warm for him with five targets for 4/31/1. We'll see if the return of Bryant this week from suspension can spark something more from the Steelers' passing offense (though they may not need to throw much with Le'Veon Bell picking on the Chargers' sorry rush D). The San Diego pass D allowed 32/41 for 332 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions to Josh McCown last weekend, after coughing up 13/24 for 121 yards passing, with zero TDs and one interception at Minnesota two games ago. This unit has swung wildly over the past two games, as you can see. San Diego is now 10th in the NFL averaging 225.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with seven passing scores handed out vs. three interceptions (tied for 13th in the NFL) and five sacks (tied-28th) generated to date. This is a neutral matchup between so-so units.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at NE 43 0 0 0 7 4 58 0 0 5.8
2 vs SF 46 0 0 0 5 4 77 1 0 13.7
3 at STL 43 0 0 0 3 3 19 0 0 1.9
4 vs BAL 51 0 0 0 5 4 31 1 0 9.1
5 at SD PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 2 * * * *
5 at SD PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 2 * * * *
5 at SD PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 4 vs BAL (5 / 4 / 31 / 1 rec)

Late 2nd quarter on a 1st and 10 from the Baltimore 22 yard line, Darrius Heyward-Bey ran an out-route for an 11 yard reception. Early 3rd quarter on a 3rd and 5 from the Baltimore 9 yard line, Heyward-Bey ran a corner route in the left corner of the end zone. On the play, he caught a Michael Vick play-action pass for the Steelers second touchdown of the game. Early 4th quarter, Heyward-Bey caught a jump ball for a 12 yard gain. A few plays later on a 3rd and 4 from the Pittsburgh 38 yard line, he caught a delayed out-route for no gain.

2015 Week 3 vs STL (3 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)

Darrius Heyward-Bey did not have the same amount of targets as he did during the first two weeks of the season. During the second series on a 1st and 10, Heyward-Bey caught a WR screen for a 6 yard gain. After the touchdown, Heyward-Bey was targeted on the two point conversion attempt, which was blocked. During the 3rd quarter, Heyward-Bey caught a quick pass for a 6 yard gain. Late in the 4th quarter on a 3rd and 9, Heyward-Bey caught a crossing route for a 7 yard gain.

2015 Week 2 vs SF (5 / 4 / 77 / 1 rec)

Darrius Heyward-Bey made an impact in the passing game with his vertical speed. On the second series of the game, Heyward-Bey caught a 41 yard pass on a vertical route. This play was the springboard that got the offense started. Later in the first half, Heyward Bey caught a 35 yard touchdown reception when he outran the defense on another vertical route.

2015 Week 1 vs NE (7 / 4 / 58 / 0 rec)

Darrius Heyward-Bey was inconsistent throughout the game. During the third series on a 3rd and 8, Heyward-Bey caught a 48 yard pass for a 1st down. While it was a good catch, the pass was perfectly dropped in by Ben Roethlisberger. During the fourth series on a 4th and 3 from the Patriots 35 yard line, Heyward-Bey caught a quick slant for the first down. On the same drive with thirteen seconds before halftime, Heyward-Bey caught a basket catch in the end zone for what looked to be a touchdown. It should have been an easy touchdown but his right foot was out of bounds on the chalk.


Latest News

Steelers | DHB, Markus Wheaton do very little (Sun Sep 27, 07:42 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WRs Darrius Heyward-Bey and Markus Wheaton had little production in Week 3 against the St. Louis Rams. Heyward-Bey had three grabs for 19 yards, while Wheaton had two catches for 16 yards. Both were targeted three times.

Our View: Heyward-Bey was becoming a good bench stash as the #3 wide receiver in a great offense, but he's droppable until Ben Roethlisberger is back.
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