23-Year-Old NFL 1st Rounder Out Due To ‘Fatigue’

Jerry McDonald of the CONTRA COSTA TIMES reports that wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, the Oakland Raiders No. 7 pick of the 2009 draft, has missed four training camp practices this week.

Darrius Heyward-Bey

Thursday Raiders Coach Tom Cable confirmed to the media that Heyward-Bey isn’t injured or tending to off-field issues.

No, it turns out that Heyward-Bey is tired. Really, really tired.

More specifically, the 23-year-old Heyward-Bey, who is scheduled to make $21.4 million in guaranteed money with the Raiders this season, is out of action because of “fatigue.”

So why is Heyward-Bey so much more tired than his training camp mates?

According to Cable, the wide receiver worked out too hard in the offseason. Read more…

The Picks Of The 2009 Draft: QBs, Heyward-Bey

Let’s be clear right now - nobody would watch the NFL draft if every team drafted wisely. Just like car racing is only good for the crashes, which is unimpeachable fact, people really watch the draft for the lousy picks, the ones that leave the fans at Radio City agape in disbelief.

Jets Fans Draft
(Yes, howl in anger. Howl for my amusement.)

In that sense, then, our hats are off to Oakland, who just selected Darrius Heyward-Bey, a Maryland speedster who nobody figured was a top 10 talent. While he was still projected as a first-round pick, he was in no way the top WR on the board - that’d have been Michael Crabtree, who’ll be able to thumb his nose from San Francisco across the bay at the Raiders for years to come. Heyward-Bey, while supremely athletic, possesses all the qualities that add up to “epic WR bust,” mainly a lack of production in college, an inability to run a crisp route, and hands of stone. So he can’t run a decent square in, nor would he be able to catch it anyway. Sign that man!

Al Davis, who is a total cancer on his own team, wasn’t done wrecking the franchise once again. Read more…