The Oakland Raiders will face-off against a familiar face on Sunday with wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey making his debut with the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1 against his former team.
With Heyward-Bey spending his entire career with the Raiders, the veteran wideout has a soft spot for Oakland and has only good things to say about his former team via Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune:
“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 Raiders selected Heyward-Bey with the seventh overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. The Maryland product was one of the many players Oakland drafted with high picks over the past few years that simply never panned out or lived up to expectations.
During the NFL off-season, Heyward-Bey signed a one-year deal with the Colts for $3 million. The 26-year-old was considered one of the top off-season acquisitions by the team making Luck’s receiving corps that much deeper.
Indianapolis hopes the duo of Reggie Wayne and Heyward-Bey will be one of the best combinations of wideouts in the NFL.