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Pagano, Luck rave about Heyward-Bey

By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 at 12:38 pm in Oakland Raiders.

ALAMEDA — Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was one of numerous veterans purged from the Raiders roster this offseason.
It just so happens that Heyward-Bey landed in Indianapolis, so his first game in a uniform other than the one of the team that selected him in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft will be against that team Sunday
With the Raiders, Heyward-Bey was expected to play a prominent role in the offense, in large part because they lacked a legitimate No. 1 receiver.
For the Colts, Heyward-Bey will be able to take a back seat to Reggie Wayne and carve out a niche in a well-rounded offense.
Colts head coach Chuck Pagano and Colts quarterback Andrew Luck make it clear that getting Heyward-Bey in free agency was rather fortuitous.
“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 single day of this preseason or the offseason program.
“He’s a football junkie. He has athleticism and speed and those types of things. He’s done really well here, and I’d be shocked if he doesn’t have an outstanding season.”
Those who followed Heyward-Bey’s less-than-stellar career with the Raiders won’t be surprised by the high praise heaped upon him for his work ethic, speed and ability.
They might be taken aback by Pagano prediciting an “outstanding” season. After all, Heyward-Bey averaged 35 receptions for 518 yards and slightly less than three touchdowns for the Raiders.
Luck made it sound as if the Colts signed the next Marvin Harrison.
“A really awesome teammate,” Luck said. “Tireless worker. Very, very hard worker. It’s been very impressive. I would say he’s got all the athletic attributes. He’s a football player. He’s going to do great things for us this season. Personally I’m very happy to get a chance to play with him.”

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  • RaiderRetribution

    Raiders 24 – Indianapolis 10

    Been saying that all summer also.

  • the famous dr robert

    @VicTafur: Dennis Allen still won’t announce Terrelle Pryor is starting QB. “If I didn’t think it was (a competitive advantage) I wouldn’t do it.”

  • the famous dr robert

    @CorkOnTheNFL: Quarterback Matt Flynn was full strength at practice today. He is recovering from a sore right elbow.

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    131.RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:36 pm
    Champ Bailey out this week.

    ***

    @Exla

    the last 5 years, actually

    ================================
    Reminds me of Elvis Patterson. Wanted to be called ghost but we called him toast because he was burned so often,

  • the famous dr robert

    @CorkOnTheNFL: Coach Allen refused to reveal the name of his starting quarterback for Sunday. He maintains that it gives the Raiders a competitive edge.

  • DJ Johnny

    inonewordraider Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:38 pm
    Steve Corkran ‏@CorkOnTheNFL 8m
    If Barnes has to play left tackle, Tony Pashos starts at right offensive tackle.

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    Steve Corkran ‏@CorkOnTheNFL 8m
    Menelik Watson “tweaked” a knee at practice, coach Dennis Allen said. Khalif Barnes plays left offensive tackle Sunday if Watson can’t go.

    Oh jeez. The football gods must really have it in for us.

    Is this some Al Davis curse or something?

  • GhostTooThePost

    the famous dr robert Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    GhostTooThePost Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:29 pm
    the famous dr robert Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Name of the book and author?

    Chicken.
    ———-
    Speaking of chicken.

    Don’t forget. Saturday. Fisherman’s Wharf. Front of Alcatraz tour’s sign. 2:30.

    No bridges for the widdle boy to be scared driving over.
    Not “too far for me, have no gas” excuse that you used.
    Ask your Mom to drive, or you can take the train.

    Are or you going to puzzy out?
    **********

    no wild goose chases for chicken little liars like u.

    ANY GAME.
    ===============
    In other words, PUZZY.
    As if everyone didn’t know, you sorryazz unemployed crossposting racist coward.

    You can’t post a single lie from me, loser.

    You? the list is so long, where does one start?

    OH, I GET IT. You’re talking about how I detailed how your ignorant ass got laughed of the radio? How you stupidly compared Flynn to other 90 rated star qb’s? And both hosts actually laughed out loud, and simultaneously said “WHAT?? ARE YOU SERIOUS??” and hung up on you, still laughing?

    That?

    No, little boy, wasn’t a lie.

    Funny as hell though.

    2:30 bich. Show up or stfu, you cowardly mama’s boy.

  • RaiderRockstar

    @CorkOnTheNFL: Coach Allen refused to reveal the name of his starting quarterback for Sunday. He maintains that it gives the Raiders a competitive edge.

    ***

    agreed with Raider O

    unless it’s Flynn??

    this is a waste of time..

    and if Flynn is the starter, we’re still pretty freaking clueless!

  • 24

    Maybe they’re gonna put Pryor AND Flynn behind center. F*k it…

  • Al_is_theraiders

    153…”and hurt feelings.”

  • RaiderRetribution

    When DHB has actually been one of our better first round picks (the last ten years), yeah it has to be this awful.

  • DJ Johnny

    the famous dr robert Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:41 pm
    @CorkOnTheNFL: Coach Allen refused to reveal the name of his starting quarterback for Sunday. He maintains that it gives the Raiders a competitive edge.

    Yeah I’m sure Pig-ano is up late at night fretting about this eternal mystery.

  • RaiderRockstar

    so Menelik Watson misses all of training camp with a calf strain.. misses the first 3 preseason games too (same injury)

    starts 1 game at LT and plays just over a half

    injured again, knee this time

    gosh. Watson = british sissy

  • 24

    The only competitive advantage we could have is being the better team…unfortunately…that has yet to be proven.

  • the famous dr robert

    GhostTooThePost Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    You can’t post a single lie from me, loser.
    ************
    GhostTooThePost Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Not “too far for me, have no gas” excuse that you used.

    ***********

    there’s one.

  • The_Judge37

    We should’ve had a back up LT prepared all along instead of wasting time with Barron.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Maybe they’re gonna put Pryor AND Flynn behind center

    ***

    yeah, 1st play from scrimmage: Flynn takes the snap, pitches it to Pryor who runs to the outside and throws a bomb down the sideline to DMo17

  • DJ Johnny

    This Watson guy sure gets injured a lot.

    He just gets back in the fold and then injures his dam knee?

    Very annoying.

    He’s supposed to be young and athletic.

    Sounds like he’s an injury prone blob.

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Lombardi said: “We will run the power sweep until they stop it!”

  • the famous dr robert

    GhostTooThePost Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    And both hosts actually laughed out loud, and simultaneously said “WHAT?? ARE YOU SERIOUS??” and hung up on you, still laughing?
    **************
    here’s another

  • Al_is_theraiders

    has watson cashed his check yet?

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    “A really awesome teammate,” Luck said. “Tireless worker. Very, very hard worker. It’s been very impressive. I would say he’s got all the athletic attributes.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    All of that is true Andrew Luck.

    But the big question is can he catch your passes in an actual game.

  • morilla

    If he isn’t saying who the QB is, I have a feeling it is going to be Flynn.

  • the famous dr robert

    ghost chicken–ANY GAME. i’m challenging u in front of everyone.

    u won’t be anywhere. ur a chicken. a loud mouth chicken.

  • RaiderRockstar

    We should’ve had a back up LT prepared all along instead of wasting time with Barron.

    ***

    @Judge

    Barnes wasn’t just getting reps at RT!

    they had him working at RG, too (lol)

    A lot of good that’ll do him at Left Tackle, eh?

    why isn’t Veldheer on I.R. again?

    #wastedrosterspot

  • jonathaanv_

    PlunkforHOF Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 12:58 pm
    OFFICIAL WEEK 1 PREDICTION THREAD

    666 Colts 45-13
    860Todd Raiders 21-18
    Aig Raiders 24-21
    Al_is Colts 45-25
    Banana Raiders 24-23
    Boss01 Colts 31-21
    CDE Raider colts 37-6
    Cervantes Raiders 26-19
    Dakota Colts 27-17
    ElkGRaider Oaktown 24-20
    Elraidmanahattan colts 44-10
    fingers Raiders 20-16
    GDog Colts 21-17
    GG Raiders 23-21
    Ghost Colts 31-23
    guest123 Colts 35-23
    HST Colts 51-10
    Hwnrdr Raiders 24-20
    jesusraiderjim RAIDERS 26-24
    Jhill Raiders 26-24
    Jiminy Colts 31-20
    JLofty Raiders 30-28
    JONTRAIN Raiders 29-28
    Jonathaanv_ colts 31-24
    Kidseven Raiders 17-13
    Lefty12 Raiders 27-26
    LTR Raiders 27-23
    Machomanrandysavage Raiders 20-17
    MEX_GHOST Raiders 27-24
    MR Colts 24-14
    No Mas Raiders 24-17
    Ohioraider Colts 38-17
    0ak R8rs Colts 41-17
    Orthodoxdj Colts 31- 16
    plunketthead Raiders 31-17
    PlunkforHOF Raiders 24-17
    Raider in Fremont Raiders 24-23
    Raider Koolaid Raiders 23-201
    Raider O Colts 24-13
    RaiderfanNY Colts 34-10
    Raiding Texas Colts 26-3
    Relentless
    RRS Raiders 24-21
    Rudegruden Colts 24-13
    SaintKaufman Raiders 6-5
    saladfingerz Raiders 19-16
    SilverNBlackPA Colts 34–19
    Silverandblack666 Colts 45-13
    Sir RaiderDuck OMS Raiders 24-3
    SR Raider Raiders 24-21
    Thefamousdrrobert Colts 38-6
    Violent Hands Raiders 20-17
    Willie91137 Colts 34-9
    xxRaider2da Colts 33-19
    —————————————————–
    Added myself in

  • GhostTooThePost

    inonewordraider Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Uh, he just happened to be the best player in college, both his junior and senior year.

    And turned around a Colts team, last year, that sucked the year before.

    You sure you have the right guy?

    _________
    I know he’s good

    but he’s the enemy this week and he’s a privileged dork so damn right I hope the raiders beat him down this week
    =======
    Would have gone #1 after Junior year, and stayed in one more year. Nothing to prove. Just enjoyed playing college ball, and knew once he left, no going back, and wanted to enjoy the experience while he could.

    have to give the guy credit for that.

  • morilla

    DJ Johnny Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:46 pm
    This Watson guy sure gets injured a lot.

    He just gets back in the fold and then injures his dam knee?

    Very annoying.

    He’s supposed to be young and athletic.

    Sounds like he’s an injury prone blob.

    ————————————-

    It needs to be mandatory that O-lineman wear braces. Not saying that it could have prevented this, I just don’t see why they don’t do it.

  • The_Judge37

    162.DJ Johnny Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:44 pm
    the famous dr robert Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:41 pm
    @CorkOnTheNFL: Coach Allen refused to reveal the name of his starting quarterback for Sunday. He maintains that it gives the Raiders a competitive edge.

    Yeah I’m sure Pig-ano is up late at night fretting about this eternal mystery.
    ——–

    I imagine he has the colts prepared for Flynn like in Baseball when a non power hitter steps up to the plate and the short stop calls in the outfield.

  • RaiderRockstar

    If he isn’t saying who the QB is, I have a feeling it is going to be Flynn.

    ***

    Me too. he’s an idiot otherwise

    probably is either way (starting Flynn, hah)!

  • the famous dr robert

    i wonder when they will put veldheer on the injured list and grab another player.

  • Relentless

    jonathaanv_ Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:48 pm
    PlunkforHOF Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 12:58 pm
    OFFICIAL WEEK 1 PREDICTION THREAD

    666 Colts 45-13
    860Todd Raiders 21-18
    Aig Raiders 24-21
    Al_is Colts 45-25
    Banana Raiders 24-23
    Boss01 Colts 31-21
    CDE Raider colts 37-6
    Cervantes Raiders 26-19
    Dakota Colts 27-17
    ElkGRaider Oaktown 24-20
    Elraidmanahattan colts 44-10
    fingers Raiders 20-16
    GDog Colts 21-17
    GG Raiders 23-21
    Ghost Colts 31-23
    guest123 Colts 35-23
    HST Colts 51-10
    Hwnrdr Raiders 24-20
    jesusraiderjim RAIDERS 26-24
    Jhill Raiders 26-24
    Jiminy Colts 31-20
    JLofty Raiders 30-28
    JONTRAIN Raiders 29-28
    Jonathaanv_ colts 31-24
    Kidseven Raiders 17-13
    Lefty12 Raiders 27-26
    LTR Raiders 27-23
    Machomanrandysavage Raiders 20-17
    MEX_GHOST Raiders 27-24
    MR Colts 24-14
    No Mas Raiders 24-17
    Ohioraider Colts 38-17
    0ak R8rs Colts 41-17
    Orthodoxdj Colts 31- 16
    plunketthead Raiders 31-17
    PlunkforHOF Raiders 24-17
    Raider in Fremont Raiders 24-23
    Raider Koolaid Raiders 23-201
    Raider O Colts 24-13
    RaiderfanNY Colts 34-10
    Raiding Texas Colts 26-3
    Relentless
    RRS Raiders 24-21
    Rudegruden Colts 24-13
    SaintKaufman Raiders 6-5
    saladfingerz Raiders 19-16
    SilverNBlackPA Colts 34–19
    Silverandblack666 Colts 45-13
    Sir RaiderDuck OMS Raiders 24-3
    SR Raider Raiders 24-21
    Thefamousdrrobert Colts 38-6
    Violent Hands Raiders 20-17
    Willie91137 Colts 34-9
    xxRaider2da Colts 33-19
    —————————————————–
    Added myself in
    —–
    I do believe I said 24-21. I didn’t say which team so I have to always go Raiders.

  • inonewordraider

    dang,

    if barnes starts at lt, it’s gonna get ugly

  • The_Judge37

    175.RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:48 pm
    We should’ve had a back up LT prepared all along instead of wasting time with Barron.

    ***

    @Judge

    Barnes wasn’t just getting reps at RT!

    they had him working at RG, too (lol)

    A lot of good that’ll do him at Left Tackle, eh?

    why isn’t Veldheer on I.R. again?

    #wastedrosterspot
    —-

    How Fk’d up is it that Barnes is our best option across the Line?

  • jonathaanv_

    How to prepare for Flynn? Easy.. BLITZ & let Flynn do the rest.

  • lefty12

    The_Judge37 Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:46 pm
    We should’ve had a back up LT prepared all along instead of wasting time with Barron.
    =========================
    Because they just grow on trees.If we weren’t in such a mess cap wise,we would have had decent backupsBut when you overpay avg. starters you have no depth.

  • Marks hair

    wow I was right… watson is soft.. a calf? psssh

    and now a knee..

  • GhostTooThePost

    the famous dr robert Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    ghost chicken–ANY GAME. i’m challenging u in front of everyone.

    u won’t be anywhere. ur a chicken. a loud mouth chicken.
    ===
    LMAO.
    I just CHALLENGED YOU THREE TIMES, WITH DATES AND ADDRESSES, EACH CLOSER THAN THE OTHER.
    And yeah, you cowardly racist scumbag, “in front of everyone”.

    Told you, you lying chitball, you want it to be at a game so you can pull up some old picture, saying “look, I was there”.

    You’re the one who said “anywhere, anytime. I’ll smash your teeth in”.
    Now?
    When given dates, times, and directions??
    Your yellow streak makes it really clear, MR.

    You’ve always been a coward.

    You’ll die a coward.

  • the famous dr robert

    Relentless Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:50 pm
    jonathaanv_ Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:48 pm
    PlunkforHOF Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 12:58 pm
    OFFICIAL WEEK 1 PREDICTION THREAD

    666 Colts 45-13
    860Todd Raiders 21-18
    Aig Raiders 24-21
    Al_is Colts 45-25
    Banana Raiders 24-23
    Boss01 Colts 31-21
    CDE Raider colts 37-6
    Cervantes Raiders 26-19
    Dakota Colts 27-17
    ElkGRaider Oaktown 24-20
    Elraidmanahattan colts 44-10
    fingers Raiders 20-16
    GDog Colts 21-17
    GG Raiders 23-21
    Ghost Colts 31-23
    guest123 Colts 35-23
    HST Colts 51-10
    Hwnrdr Raiders 24-20
    jesusraiderjim RAIDERS 26-24
    Jhill Raiders 26-24
    Jiminy Colts 31-20
    JLofty Raiders 30-28
    JONTRAIN Raiders 29-28
    Jonathaanv_ colts 31-24
    Kidseven Raiders 17-13
    Lefty12 Raiders 27-26
    LTR Raiders 27-23
    Machomanrandysavage Raiders 20-17
    MEX_GHOST Raiders 27-24
    MR Colts 24-14
    No Mas Raiders 24-17
    Ohioraider Colts 38-17
    0ak R8rs Colts 41-17
    Orthodoxdj Colts 31- 16
    plunketthead Raiders 31-17
    PlunkforHOF Raiders 24-17
    Raider in Fremont Raiders 24-23
    Raider Koolaid Raiders 23-201
    Raider O Colts 24-13
    RaiderfanNY Colts 34-10
    Raiding Texas Colts 26-3
    Relentless
    RRS Raiders 24-21
    Rudegruden Colts 24-13
    SaintKaufman Raiders 6-5
    saladfingerz Raiders 19-16
    SilverNBlackPA Colts 34–19
    Silverandblack666 Colts 45-13
    Sir RaiderDuck OMS Raiders 24-3
    SR Raider Raiders 24-21
    Thefamousdrrobert Raiders 23-20 (Flynn wins it)
    Violent Hands Raiders 20-17
    Willie91137 Colts 34-9
    xxRaider2da Colts 33-19

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Steve Corkran‏@CorkOnTheNFL20m
    Janikowski has a right calf injury.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    184…..shreks genius management…

  • The_Judge37

    181.the famous dr robert Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:50 pm
    i wonder when they will put veldheer on the injured list and grab another player.
    ——

    D.A.Cup doesn’t want to tip his hand on who’s playing LT

  • RaiderRockstar

    i wonder when they will put veldheer on the injured list and grab another player.

    ***

    @Dr Bob

    last week would have been nice!

    that way he could be practicing with the team this week and available vs Indy (as a reserve)

    we’re down to 2 healthy tackles with Bergs & Watson both out. Ugh

    if Barnes (LT) or Pashos (RT) get hurt during the game who goes in?

    Andre Gurode or Antoine McClain at TACKLE? God help us!

  • 24

    Ghosttothepost – Yeah…Luck loved that college puzzy…yeah buddy. If I was that awesome in college, I’d stay all 4 years as well…I’d be asking for a red shirt haha.

  • the famous dr robert

    GhostTooThePost Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:52 pm
    the famous dr robert Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    ghost chicken–ANY GAME. i’m challenging u in front of everyone.

    u won’t be anywhere. ur a chicken. a loud mouth chicken.
    ===
    LMAO.
    I just CHALLENGED YOU THREE TIMES, WITH DATES AND ADDRESSES, EACH CLOSER THAN THE OTHER.
    And yeah, you cowardly racist scumbag, “in front of everyone”.

    Told you, you lying chitball, you want it to be at a game so you can pull up some old picture, saying “look, I was there”.

    You’re the one who said “anywhere, anytime. I’ll smash your teeth in”.
    Now?
    When given dates, times, and directions??
    Your yellow streak makes it really clear, MR.

    You’ve always been a coward.

    You’ll die a coward.
    ********

    LOL. i’m not going on a wild goose chase.

    ur clearly a punk and would never show.

    that’s why u won’t show to a game.

    i’m not wasting time on u.

    i will be at the game anyway so when u don’t show, no big deal.

    pull up a pic from an old game?

    a pic for what?

    ur an idiot.

    u say i’m such a loser.

    except u follow me around constantly.

    u keep a dossier on my life and all my posts.

    ur a weird obsessive joke.

  • Marks hair

    first pick here we come

  • Carl Weathers

    What’s Gallery op to these days? Can we bring him in for a workout. How about Simsor maybe even swing man extraordinaire Fred Wakefield!!

    Aside from hopeful rookies and a slim few others, this season is gonna blow like a drunk virgin.

  • the famous dr robert

    ahh super fans.

    what can u do?

  • The_Judge37

    186.lefty12 Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:52 pm
    The_Judge37 Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:46 pm
    We should’ve had a back up LT prepared all along instead of wasting time with Barron.
    =========================
    Because they just grow on trees.If we weren’t in such a mess cap wise,we would have had decent backupsBut when you overpay avg. starters you have no depth.
    ——

    Or he could’ve used the 4th pick on a decent Back up, or Joe Barksdale could’ve been a decent back up, or we could’ve just prepared anyone else beside Alex Barron.

  • rediaR

    Marks Hair Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:52 pm
    wow I was right… watson is soft.. a calf? psssh

    and now a knee..
    ——————-
    No, but you are excellent at overreactions.