ALAMEDA, Calif. — Darrius Heyward-Bey has been the target of criticism ever since the Oakland Raiders surprisingly drafted him seventh overall in 2009 ahead of more accomplished receivers.
After two lackluster, drop-filled seasons to start his career, Heyward-Bey is finally showing some signs of what the Raiders saw in him coming out of college.
Heyward-Bey is coming off the best game of his young career. He had eight catches for 155 yards and a touchdown in last week's loss to Detroit — the most yardage for a Raiders wide receiver since Jerry Rice in 2003.
He says he has never been bothered by the criticism and is just making steady progress each week as he becomes a reliable NFL receiver.