By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 at 10:56 am in Oakland Raiders.
Over-the-top bravado was never Darrius Heyward-Bey’s style as a Raider.
It remains so as an ex-Raider.
“I have nothing bad to say,’’ Heyward-Bey told reporters in Indianapolis regarding the Week 1 matchup with his former team when the Colts host the Raiders Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
“It was a good experience,’’ Heyward Bey said. “We had a lot of good times and some difficult times. I had a lot of great teammates, great coaches. I learned a lot over there.’’
The No. 7 overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft, Heyward-Bey, due $7.7 million in salary, was relased after four seasons during which he caught 140 passes for 2,071 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Instead, he’ll make $3 million for one season with the Colts, where he will start opposite Reggie Wayne and have a stable quarterback situation with starter Andrew Luck.
Luck, speaking with Bay Area reporters by conference call, called Heyward-Bey “a really awesome teammate. A tireless worker. It’s been very impressive. I think he’s going to do great things for us this season.
Colts coach Chuck Pagano agreed.
“He’s been outstanding from the first day he walked in the building until this morning’s walk-through,’’ Pagano said. `He’s been unbelievable. He’s an extremely hard worker who did not miss a day of our offeseason program.
“I’d be shocked if he doesn’t have an outstanding season.’’