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Darrius Heyward-Bey | Wide Receiver | #88

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/26/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 219
College: Maryland
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (7) / OAK
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Steelers re-signed WR Darrius Heyward-Bey to a three-year, $3.8 million contract.
Heyward-Bey played a surprising amount of snaps on offense last season (406), but is primarily a special teamer at this point in his career. Unsurprisingly, he graded out as one of the league's worst wideouts in Pro Football Focus' ratings. With Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton and Sammie Coates all in the fold, DHB's snap count should dip sharply in 2016. Mar 7 - 1:16 PM

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Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey caught 2-of-2 targets for 64 yards in Sunday's Divisional Round loss to the Broncos.

Heyward-Bey appeared to lose early-game playing time to rookie Sammie Coates, but came alive for a 58-yard gain on a wide-open route in the second quarter. That was about the extent of DHB's contribution. An impending free agent, Heyward-Bey has devolved into a sub-package receiver and special teams gunner. Maybe old pal Hue Jackson will give him another look in Cleveland.
Jan 17 - 8:24 PM

Darrius Heyward-Bey caught 2-of-5 targets for 74 yards Week 17 against the Browns.

Heyward-Bey got more run in the second half because of Martavis Bryant's neck injury. He connected on a 66-yard bomb, but he missed out on a couple end-zone targets. Depending on Bryant's health, DHB could play a big role next week.
Jan 3 - 5:24 PM

Darrius Heyward-Bey caught 2-of-6 targets for 24 yards in the Steelers' Week 5 win over the Chargers.

He tied Antonio Brown for the team lead in targets. Heyward-Bey was the target on a couple downfield passes, but wasn't able to secure them. Off the fantasy map, DHB will be the No. 4 receiver when Martavis Bryant returns.
Tue, Oct 13, 2015 01:01:00 AM

Darrius Heyward-Bey caught 4-of-5 targets for 31 yards in Pittsburgh's Week 4 loss to the Ravens.

DHB's touchdown was a nine-yard missile from Michael Vick that he would have dropped had Vick not literally stuck it in his gut. DHB has been forced into far too many snaps during Martavis Bryant's four-game suspension, but that will finally change next week as Bryant returns.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 12:35:00 AM

Darrius Heyward-Bey secured 4-of-5 targets for 77 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' Week 2 win over the 49ers.

The Steelers surprisingly threw repeated bubble screens to DHB in the first quarter. He came back to make a pretty catch over his shoulder on a 41-yard bomb. Heyward-Bey proceeded to whip 49ers SS Antoine Bethea for a 35-yard touchdown late in the first half. Always inconsistent, DHB has two games left to serve as the Steelers' third receiver until Martavis Bryant returns from suspension. Pittsburgh heads to St. Louis next.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 04:15:00 PM

Darrius Heyward-Bey caught 4-of-7 targets for 58 yards in Pittsburgh's Week 1 loss to the Patriots.

Forced into a big role with Martavis Bryant on suspension and Sammie Coates not ready for the bright lights, DHB turned in a fittingly cringeworthy performance. One of his missed connections was an easy 26-yard touchdown, but he couldn't get both feet in bounds on a play where he was wide open. Another was a Ben Roethlisberger interception foolishly thrown into double coverage. Last but not least, DHB failed to fight for what would have been a critical first down at the end of a fourth-quarter reception. DHB will be making the same mistakes until he's no longer in the NFL.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 12:20:00 AM

Steelers re-signed WR Darrius Heyward-Bey to a one-year contract.

Heyward-Bey, now using his speed to be a standout special teamer, appeared in all 16 games for the Steelers last year. He played just 174 snaps on offense, catching three passes for 33 yards. He'll return in a similar depth role behind Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton. In six seasons since the Raiders reached for DHB at No. 7 overall, he's scored a grand total of 12 touchdowns on 172 catches.
Thu, Mar 26, 2015 11:47:00 AM

Darrius Heyward (illness) did not practice Wednesday.

With Dri Archer on track to return, Heyward-Bey isn't a lock to be active this week.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 06:45:00 PM

Darrius Heyward-Bey caught 3-of-3 targets for 54 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason game.

The grabs were DHB's first of the preseason. He ran right by undrafted rookie S Daytawion Lowe for his 33-yard score in the fourth quarter, at least for one brief moment looking like a former first-rounder. It couldn't have hurt his roster odds.
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 11:19:00 PM

Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey suffered a concussion in Thursday's practice.

Heyward-Bey has a history of concussions, so he could have trouble getting cleared. The missed time puts his roster spot in jeopardy. Derek Moye will get an extended look in Heyward-Bey's absence.
Sat, Aug 2, 2014 06:09:00 PM

Steelers signed WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, formerly of the Colts, to a one-year contract.

Heyward-Bey, the former No. 7 overall pick of the Raiders, is a case of a player whose name is far bigger than his game. DHB started the first ten games of the season for the Colts in 2013 but was finally benched and played a total of 32 offensive snaps the final four games. He caught 29 passes for 309 yards and one score in 2013 but dropped nine passes. DHB will compete for a spot.
Wed, Apr 2, 2014 01:24:00 PM

Free agent Darrius Heyward-Bey will visit the Steelers on Wednesday.

It's Heyward-Bey's first-known visit after his career bottomed out with the Colts last season. Given an opportunity to start, DHB proved as stone handed as ever, catching only 29 passes while committing nine drops. He was one of the league's worst receivers before being relegated to special teams in December. DHB is an adequate blocker and special teamer, but the Steelers will be in major trouble if they're hoping he can contribute on offense.
Tue, Apr 1, 2014 05:02:00 PM

The Indianapolis Star reports the "odds are stacked heavily against" free agent Darrius Heyward-Bey re-signing with the Colts.

We'd also consider it an extreme long shot. DHB opened the season as the No. 2 receiver opposite Reggie Wayne and held onto the job far longer than he deserved to before being benched for good in Week 14. Heyward-Bey caught just 29 passes for 309 yards and one touchdown on the year, while dropping nine passes. He's our No. 28 free-agent receiver in a top-heavy market.
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 09:47:00 AM

Darrius Heyward-Bey (hamstring) is inactive for the Divisional Round against the Patriots.

As is saboteur Deion Branch. A special teamer, DHB will likely be ready to go if the Colts advance to the AFC Championship Game. Also inactive for the Colts are WR Josh Lenz, CB Sheldon Price, LB Daniel Adongo, C Khaled Holmes and OG Joe Reitz.
Sat, Jan 11, 2014 06:53:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ben Roethlisberger
2Bruce Gradkowski
3Landry Jones
4Dustin Vaughan
RB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
3Fitzgerald Toussaint
4Daryl Richardson
5Brandon Brown-Dukes
GLB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
3RB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
FB1David Johnson
2Roosevelt Nix
WR11Antonio Brown
2Sammie Coates
3Issac Blakeney
4Eli Rogers
5Canaan Severin
WR21Markus Wheaton
2Darrius Heyward-Bey
3DeMarcus Ayers
4Shakim Phillips
5Levi Norwood
WR31Sammie Coates
TE1Ladarius Green
2Jesse James
3Matt Spaeth
4Xavier Grimble
5Jay Rome
LT1Ali Villanueva
2Ryan Harris
3Matt Feiler
LG1Ramon Foster
2Chris Hubbard
C1Maurkice Pouncey
2Cody Wallace
3B.J. Finney
4Quinton Schooley
RG1David DeCastro
2Cole Manhart
RT1Marcus Gilbert
2Jerald Hawkins
3Brian Mihalik
K1Chris Boswell
2Shaun Suisham