Forget the injuries, the Raiders, the quarterbacks, and the drops: Darrius Heyward-Bey is playing with the best young quarterback in the league, on a top-5 team in the league (according to every major sports website), and he's just been unceremoniously promoted to their #1 receiving spot.
Heyward-Bey's numbers so far in his first Colts season are modest: 18 catches, 190 yards, one touchdown. His best games, however, came in big wins: He caught four passes for 44 yards and a score against Denver on Sunday, and had five catches for 59 yards in the road win over San Francisco on Sept. 22. On the flip side, he had no catches in the win over Seattle. Heyward-Bey should have significantly more chances with Wayne out.
DHB, thus far, has actually looked better than T.Y. Hilton despite his drops, but hasn't been able to shine statistically because … well, Indy's passing game hasn't exactly shined statistically. Their offense is ranked 22nd, their passing game is ranked 26th (behind Atlanta, Philly, Cleveland, Washington, Pittsburgh … Jacksonville …) and their top wideout – Reggie Wayne – has barely over 500 yards. 25th in the league.
Just a few things to think about. You know. Because honestly, when Stanley Havili is your fifth best receiver going into Sunday … someone NEEDS to step up. Soon.