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The Colts have agreed to terms with wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey

Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 1, 2013 – 9:13 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today agreed to terms with free agent wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey.

“We feel great about acquiring a talented player in Darrius Heyward-Bey,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “He’s big, strong and shows toughness in traffic and after the catch. He’s got elite finishing speed that’s as good as there is in the NFL. With this staff, this team and overall culture we’re building here in Indy, we felt strongly that he was the right player and person at the wide receiver position for us moving forward.”

Heyward-Bey, 6-2, 216 pounds, has recorded 140 receptions for 2,071 yards and 11 touchdowns since being selected by the Oakland Raiders with the seventh overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Over the last four seasons, he led the Raiders in receptions and receiving yards, while finishing second in touchdowns behind Denarius Moore (12).

In 2012, Heyward-Bey started 14 games and compiled 41 receptions for 606 yards and a career-high five touchdowns. In 2011, he had one of his most productive seasons, totaling career bests in receptions (64) and receiving yards (975), to go along with four touchdowns. He also registered three 100-yard receiving performances for the year, including a career-high 155-yard game against Detroit (12/18/11).

In 2010, Heyward-Bey reeled in 26 receptions for 366 yards and a touchdown. His top performance of the season came against Seattle in Week 8, when he notched his first career 100-yard receiving game (105 yards) and scored on a career-long 69-yard reception.

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25 Responses to “The Colts have agreed to terms with wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey”

  1. By Bill on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply


  2. By tommy d on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply

    april fools

  3. By Corey on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply

    Great pick up! He was a beast at the Raiders, completely underrated.

  4. By Brandon on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply

    Darius Heyward Bey from the Raiders. 7th overall draft pick in 2009 from the University of Maryland. He had a breakout season for the Raiders in 2011. And you guys thought Pierre Garcon was fast? Darrius Heyward Bey is three times as fast. Great job Colts.

  5. By Scott on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply

    Brick house hands.

  6. By Bradley Danforth on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply

    Hayward-Bey is a good receiver when healthy. He’s big and fast; those are two qualities that is always good. I like him playing along side Wayne. Sometimes, a change of team and scenery is good.

  7. By Christopher on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply

    Please tell me this is a April fool joke! I’m a huge Colts fan but I’m not a fan of this signing.

  8. By pacersforchamps on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply

    I think he is a upgrade over Avery since he is faster and drops LESS catches. Still wish we signed Brandon Lloyd…

  9. By Jim on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply

    Reggie will tutor him on what is required to be an elite receiver. Does he have the determination? Is he still hungry?

  10. By Jack on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply

    Why? Its a low risk deal for a player who compliment reggie and TY. Unquestionably an upgrade over Avery

  11. By Carl Turner on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply

    DHB has never had a great….or even good QB throwing to him. Along with all the other weapons on the Colts offense, he will, in my opinion record career bests in every category this coming season. WELCOME DARIUS!!!!!!

  12. By Tanner on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply

    I believe that this is a great pick-up! Now the Colts will have two recievers that can get behind the defense!

  13. By MRB on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply

    What a awful pickup!!! What good is speed if you can’t catch the ball. I hate that the Colts did this – please tell me this is an April fools joke.

  14. By T I on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    he may run a quick 40 but if you watch his highlights, his real trait is yards after catch, which should be great for our new west coast offense. Hilton is our main deep threat. Heyward-Bey is simply a low risk 1 year signing which in all likelihood will be a major upgrade over the departed Donnie Avery

  15. By Steve on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    Being a Colts fan living in the Bay Area, I am forced to watch Raiders games more than I would like. But I like this guy. The Raiders are a perennial disaster and Heyward-Bey has played in an unstable offense year after year. I trust the colts personnel to evaluate personalities and this guy can play and play hard. I’m excited, this guy’s got #1 receiver potential still.

  16. By Kris on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    I like Bey’s speed and size but his hands are 4th string at best. Hopefully we can coach him up and Reggie can teach him what he needs to know.

  17. By YOUNGblood on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    Ya’ll r givin my boy too many weapons!!!!! It is goin down this year!!!! Good job scouting guys I see why yall make the big buX!!! lol

  18. By Howard on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    Darrius Heyward-Bey is a good receiver its just hard to judge him when he has never had a QB that could get the ball to him he was open alot last season they just couldn’t throw the ball far enough for him to catch.

  19. 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.

  20. By jacob on Apr 10, 2013 | Reply

    this is a great pick up thoe i liked donnie avery production which really help last year, darius also gives us hieght which donnie didnt donnie is about 5 10 but darius is 6 2 so he can go up and get the ball unlike donnie the only thing i dont like is darius drop persintage he drops 30-40 persent of the balls thrown his way but other then that he is a great pick-up and awesome upgrade also reggie wayne is aging so he can help teach darius the ropes and help with the catch ability and can you imagine them on the feild on the 1 and 2 position and cody and allen on a double tight en set luck has endless targets this will make us more of a continder and dont think ballard is done improvionjg yet next year we will have a great set a young players and its gonna be fun to see

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