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HOW MUCH WILL A STABLE QUARTERBACK HELP HEYWARD-BEY?

Posted by Kevin Bowen on April 2, 2013 – 10:14 am

Continuity between quarterback and receiver is something that has been preached for years by some of the game’s finest pass/catching duos in NFL history.

Take for example a player like Reggie Wayne.

During Wayne’s first four seasons in the NFL (2001-2004), quarterback Peyton Manning was the lone Colts signal caller to attempt at least 30 passes during that time span.

Wayne’s numbers progressed from 27 catches for 345 yards as a rookie to 77 for 1,210 in his fourth season.

On the other end of the ‘continuity’ spectrum is new signee Darrius Heyward-Bey.

During Heyward-Bey’s first four seasons in the NFL (2009-2012), he caught balls from eight different quarterbacks that attempted at least 30 passes during those four years.

His production grew from nine catches as a rookie to a combined 105 the last two seasons.

With the quarterback situation on stable ground in Indianapolis, the Colts are hoping Heyward-Bey will see his development take another step forward in his new home.

Colts general manager Ryan Grigson addressed this issue last week when discussing the potential of signing Heyward-Bey.

“Hopefully we can land him and he can get some more uniformity and be more comfortable being somewhere that has a quarterback like Andrew Luck,” Grigson said on March 25.

“To be able to acquire someone of his stature in this offense, where he will be running more slants, being able to utilize that size and speed, I think he can be a great asset for us.”

Heyward-Bey walks into a situation with an established No. 1 receiver coming off a Pro Bowl season, a quarterback who took every snap under center last season and an offensive coordinator that wants to ‘accentuate the talents of (his) playmakers.’

“I think it’s important that we all understand that we’re a sum of all our parts offensively,” Pep Hamilton said back in February.

“We’ve got to do whatever it is that our players do well. It’s obvious just based on production that we had in the passing game this past season, that we’re a team that can push the ball downfield. That should create paranoia for our opponents.”


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2 Responses to “HOW MUCH WILL A STABLE QUARTERBACK HELP HEYWARD-BEY?”

  1. By Steve on Apr 3, 2013 | Reply

    In 2012 Heyward-Bey at 6.25% had a lower dropped ball per target percentage than Eric Decker, Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas and Rob Gronkowski. Those aren’t Reggie Wayne numbers (4.62%) but hey. He’s fast and strong and he plays hard. He’s going to be great.

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