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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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  • DJ Johnny

    I came here hoping for some good news and all I get is our somewhat promising cure to our LT issues is freaking injured. Ugggh.

    The good news I am looking for now is that he can still go Sunday.

    We have enough problems.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    rediaR Says:
    I don’t care where the Raiders play, as long as it’s not LA.
    ===================================================

    That’s funny. When I lived in Pasadena, I didn’t think it was right for the Raiders to leave Oakland.
    But LA wa OK by me.

  • GhostTooThePost

    ENGLANDRAIDER Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    “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.
    ==============
    You notice how Luck was beating around the bush?
    Didn’t say he was a “great receiver” or “catches everything thrown his way”.

    Gave the politically correct response, when asked about a teammate. And the “he’s got all the athletic attributes”??

    Sounds like how Pryor is described by some. “works hard. studies. fast.”

  • GhostTooThePost

    The_Judge37 Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    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.
    ————–
    Team has too many holes at starting positions to use a 4th on a backup.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    All right.
    Who stole the ‘Please check purses at the door’ sign?

  • the famous dr robert

    u guys notice how ghost chicken subscribes to all my ideas but hates me?

    LOL.

    confused little guy.

  • The_Judge37

    204.GhostTooThePost Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:58 pm
    The_Judge37 Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    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.
    ————–
    Team has too many holes at starting positions to use a 4th on a backup.
    ——

    McMumbles used it on a 4th string QB

  • inonewordraider

    maybe al shouldn’t have sold his soul to the devil

  • RaiderRockstar

    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!!

    ***

    lol, CW

  • rediaR

    The_Judge37 Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:56 pm
    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.
    ————————-
    Taking a chance on a QB was more important.

  • http://none Marley Bob

    Question.

    Has anyone watched a game from the Hall of Fame suite at the Coliseum?.

    Should I recommend it to a good friend making a long trip?.

  • Carl Weathers

    Carve me in for Indy 38 Dennis ” the weasel” Allen 10

  • RaiderRockstar

    Attn: Semi Pros

    Chillax.

    Reggie has this under control. If Watson can’t play vs Indy, Veldheer will be placed on I.R. and Alex Barron will be re-signed

  • Marks hair

    if you miss your 1st camp with a strained calf your probably soft..

    missing your 1st chance to start with a knee after only a few days practice… this doesn’t seem like a guy we can count on.

  • DJ Johnny

    Wrap up his knee and make that fatso go out there and play anyway.

  • lefty12

    He drafted an Olineman(tackle) @ the beginning of rd 2.Can’t predict injuries.Without injuries we’d have a couple of good Ts plus a good BU.

  • Marks hair

    210. nope just píss poor scouting

  • RaiderDirt

    IF DEFENSE SHOWS UP WITH THAT SO CALLED ” BEND BUT DONT BREAK” D & CREATES TURN OVERS

    …. Raiders 20 – 16 Colts

    BOOK IT!!!!

    ONLY ONE NATION

    RAIDERS NATION!!!!!

    RRRRRRAAAAAIIIIIIDDDERS!!! , RRRRRAAAAAIIIIIDDDDDDERS!!!!!!

  • GhostTooThePost

    the famous dr robert Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    u say i’m such a loser.

    except u follow me around constantly.
    ===============
    You ignorant racistcoward.
    Follow you? NO ONE HAS TO FOLLOW YOU, YOU ARE HEAR FROM THE MINUTE YOU WAKE UP TO WHEN YOU PASS OUT ON THE COUCH.

    And yeah, you are a loser.

    You proudly spend all day and night, every single day of the week, on a blog. WHO DOES THAT WHO IS NOT A LOSER??

    You post racist chit nonstop. Then claim “oh, just kidding” LOSER.

    You, after being challenged, say you have a wife and kids. You’re a lyingassdog, because you never leave this blog.
    LOSER.

    And you post under a dozen handles, that is so obvious to everyone.
    LOSER.

    and when you get your little panties all twisted and knotted, which so many of us laugh at as we easily do it?
    You then try and act tough online, UNTIL SOMEONE CALLS YOU ON IT, AND GIVES YOU NOT ONE CHANCE, BUT THREE CHANGES TO MAN UP.
    And you backed down, like the coward you are.
    Yeah, little boy, you know the phrase.
    Say it with me.

    LOSER

  • GhostTooThePost

    *here, not hear

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    new post, again!
    ===================================================

    Had to. The last two got smelly fast.
    This one’s OK, so far.
    ====================================================
    ====================================================

    See?
    Time for another one.

  • inonewordraider

    Attn: Semi Pros

    Chillax.

    Reggie has this under control. If Watson can’t play vs Indy, Veldheer will be placed on I.R. and Alex Barron will be re-signed
    _________
    not exactly talking anyone off the ledge

    oh well, it is what it is

  • lefty12

    Marks Hair Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 2:02 pm
    if you miss your 1st camp with a strained calf your probably soft..

    missing your 1st chance to start with a knee after only a few days practice… this doesn’t seem like a guy we can count on.
    =====================
    Mr.Positive,he hasn’t been ruled out.

  • 24

    Can you 2 just please agree to an address and a date to fight so we can get this over with? Geez

  • GhostTooThePost

    Marks hair Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    if you miss your 1st camp with a strained calf your probably soft..

    missing your 1st chance to start with a knee after only a few days practice… this doesn’t seem like a guy we can count on.
    —————
    You ever play football?
    Calfs
    Hamstrings
    Knees
    Easy to tweak, and impossibly to play on when they are tweaked.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    inonewordraider Says:
    maybe al shouldn’t have sold his soul to the devil
    =======================================================

    But when he did, the devil said, ‘Ow! Hot hot hot!’

  • 24

    The first game is gonna look a lot like the 1st game of last year when we lost Condo and had to put the other guy in as a long snapper. We’re gonna run out of tackles and it’s going to be the same thing all over again. Can’t this sh!t be prevented somehow?

  • rediaR

    24 Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 2:07 pm
    Can you 2 just please agree to an address and a date to fight so we can get this over with? Geez
    ————————
    And don’t forget to wear your best colognes.

  • 24

    We have Matt McCants on our practice squad as a tackle…we need to bring him onto the 53 if nothing else.

  • raidertalk

    This has been a consistent problem from the Raids since our last Superbowl appearance. NO high draft/probowl FAs on the O-lines. We got burned with Gallery but we need to try to Build up the O and D lines before skill positions.

    Anyone remember Lincoln Kennedy, or Sam Adams in the middle of the D?

  • RaiderRockstar

    @Purv

    is there an afterlife for your llamas?

    have you made up your mind on that, yet?

  • GhostTooThePost

    24 Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Can you 2 just please agree to an address and a date to fight so we can get this over with? Geez
    =======
    He’s toast, and he knows it.

    As far as “get this over with”?

    When I’m good and ready.

    Until then, I’ll just scroll up and read your words of wisdom.

    Oh.
    So much for that.

  • 24

    Lincoln Kennedy as a BEAST!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    We have Matt McCants on our practice squad as a tackle…we need to bring him onto the 53 if nothing else.

    ***

    is he better than Barron, or even Willie Smith?

    he’s there because he needs “development” otherwise he’d already be on our 53 as thin as we are at TACKLE

  • 24

    GhostTooThePost – You don’t have to be rude with me…I’m not trying to fight.

    My point is, regardless of who’s tougher or more intelligent or whatever…fighting on a blog at this level is ridiculous for anybody.

  • GhostTooThePost

    rediaR Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    24 Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 2:07 pm
    Can you 2 just please agree to an address and a date to fight so we can get this over with? Geez
    ————————
    And don’t forget to wear your best colognes.
    =========
    You a little light in the britches, there Redia?

    You seem to have this mancrush fantasy going on.

    Something you want to tell us?

    Oh, wait. Don’t ask. Don’t tell.

    Gotcha.

  • 24

    RaiderRockstar – I feel like our offensive line in general needs development so does it really matter?

  • RaiderRockstar
  • zopi

    Junior is definitely a moron. I’m sure Indy and Pagano are worried about the “competitive edge” that Junior’s Qb indecision is creating.
    The only competitive edge Pagano is getting is facing an inept coach like Junior.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I feel like our offensive line in general needs development so does it really matter?

    ***

    24,

    Nix, Wiz, Brisiel & Barnes don’t need development!

    if Barnes goes to LT & Pashos starts at RT that changes things drastically

    re-sign Barron. swallow your pride Reggie

  • GhostTooThePost

    24 Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    GhostTooThePost – You don’t have to be rude with me…I’m not trying to fight.

    My point is, regardless of who’s tougher or more intelligent or whatever…fighting on a blog at this level is ridiculous for anybody.
    ==========
    Considering slob has these ongoing fights with most of the posters here, are you saying you jump in with the same suggestions for each of them?

    don’t recall seeing that.

    why is that?

    Want the truth? I enjoy embarrassing the chit. usually when I chit down his neck, he tucks tail and whimpers off.
    He’s a virus, and infests this board 24/7. Dozens and dozens of posters have stated the same.
    I’ll stop.

    When I don’t see his name :)

    Until then? He’s an easy target. If it bothers you, scroll on by. No big deal.

  • willy91137

    What’s with left tackles we can’t keep one well enough to play Watson is looking like injury prone

    it only gets a clear Bridgewater here we come

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Coach Allen refused to reveal the name of his starting quarterback for Sunday. He maintains that it gives the Raiders a competitive edge.
    ———————————–
    We’re truly blessed to have such a genius as our HC.

    Is there any doubt Pagano’s head is spinning ?

    There’s no way the Colts will be prepared now !

    Tits Allen’s clever QB subterfuge has provided the RAIDS with a competitive edge that guarantees victory.

    Can’t wait to see what Tits has in store for next week.

    Blessed, I tell ya.

  • the famous dr robert

    GhostTooThePost Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 2:04 pm
    the famous dr robert Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    u say i’m such a loser.

    except u follow me around constantly.
    ===============
    You ignorant racistcoward.
    Follow you? NO ONE HAS TO FOLLOW YOU, YOU ARE HEAR FROM THE MINUTE YOU WAKE UP TO WHEN YOU PASS OUT ON THE COUCH.

    And yeah, you are a loser.

    You proudly spend all day and night, every single day of the week, on a blog. WHO DOES THAT WHO IS NOT A LOSER??

    You post racist chit nonstop. Then claim “oh, just kidding” LOSER.

    You, after being challenged, say you have a wife and kids. You’re a lyingassdog, because you never leave this blog.
    LOSER.

    And you post under a dozen handles, that is so obvious to everyone.
    LOSER.

    and when you get your little panties all twisted and knotted, which so many of us laugh at as we easily do it?
    You then try and act tough online, UNTIL SOMEONE CALLS YOU ON IT, AND GIVES YOU NOT ONE CHANCE, BUT THREE CHANGES TO MAN UP.
    And you backed down, like the coward you are.
    Yeah, little boy, you know the phrase.
    Say it with me.

    LOSER
    *********
    meet me here tonite:

    1060 West Addison Chicago, IL 60613

    otherwise ur a puzzy.

  • Plunketthead

    OFFICIAL WEEK 1 PREDICTION THREAD

    24 Colts 34–13
    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
    CPT DAN Raiders 24-17
    CDE Raider colts 37-6
    Cervantes Raiders 26-19
    Dakota Colts 27-17
    DMAC Raiders 23-21
    ElkGRaider Oaktown 24-20
    Elraidmanahattan colts 44-10
    exlaraiderseasonticketholder Raiders 31-28
    fingers Raiders 20-16
    GDog Colts 21-17
    GG Raiders 23-21
    Ghost Colts 31-23
    Ghost to the post Colts 34-10
    guest123 Colts 35-23
    HST Colts 51-10
    Hwnrdr Raiders 24-20
    itzSteve Colts 27–16
    jesusraiderjim RAIDERS 26-24
    Jhill Raiders 26-24
    Jiminy Colts 31-20
    JLofty Raiders 30-28
    Jonathaanv_ colts 31-24
    JONTRAIN Raiders 29-28
    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
    r8eray Colts 31-20
    Raider in Fremont Raiders 24-23
    Raider Koolaid Raiders 23-201
    RaiderRetribution Raiders 24–10
    Raider O Colts 24-13
    Raider talk Raiders 17-14
    RaiderfanNY Colts 34-10
    Raiding Texas Colts 26-3
    rediaR Raiders 27-24
    Relentless Raiders 24-21
    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
    The_Judge37 Raiders 27-24
    Violent Hands Raiders 20-17
    Willie91137 Colts 34-9
    xxRaider2da Colts 33-19

  • RaiderRockstar

    meet me here tonite:

    ***

    @Dr Bob

    that address is for a McDonalds. U work there?

  • 24

    GhostTooThePost – I only interjected because you 2 are going from arguing to wanting to actually fight in person, which is different than most of the arguments or debates on here.

    But…Fine. I’ll scroll on by. No problem.

  • SaintKaufman

    weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • the famous dr robert

    GhostTooThePost Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 2:15 pm
    24 Says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    GhostTooThePost – You don’t have to be rude with me…I’m not trying to fight.

    My point is, regardless of who’s tougher or more intelligent or whatever…fighting on a blog at this level is ridiculous for anybody.
    ==========
    Considering slob has these ongoing fights with most of the posters here, are you saying you jump in with the same suggestions for each of them?

    don’t recall seeing that.

    why is that?

    Want the truth? I enjoy embarrassing the chit. usually when I chit down his neck, he tucks tail and whimpers off.
    He’s a virus, and infests this board 24/7. Dozens and dozens of posters have stated the same.
    I’ll stop.

    When I don’t see his name

    Until then? He’s an easy target. If it bothers you, scroll on by. No big deal.
    *******
    LOL. get used to it cuz i ain’t leaving.

    so prepare to spend a lot more of ur time on me.

    the pryor brigade hates me. bfd.

    i’ve never run from u. but u dance around all the time trying to get in on the convo.

    nobody knew u until u tried glomming onto me.

    easy target. lol. oh, i’m so hurt.

    i especially love how u embarrassingly try to ape my signature “say my name b1tch” with ur pathetic “beg btch”.

    except i never beg u and u ALWAYS say my name.

    i win. b1tch.

    now say it!

  • lefty12

    Whine,snivel,cry,complain-the coach won’t say who is starting.Who cares.Looks like its just another reason for the haters to continue to hate.