What To Expect From Pittsburgh Steelers: 2014: Wide Receivers

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Oct 20, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (81) is unable to catch a pass while defended by Denver Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (45) during the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Darrius Heyward-Bey will be entering his 6th season and first with the Steelers.  Bey was a controversial pickup for the Steelers early in the offseason.  Any fool could tell you that a tall receiver who is effective in the Red Zone was a top priority for the Steelers offense going into 2014.  Most folks figured it would come in the draft.  After signing Bey, some began to wonder if this was their ‘move’ to shore up that skill set.  Even before the Steelers took Martavis Bryant in the 4th round, many felt that Bey was a long shot to be the next “X” receiver.  To be quite honest, he’s a long shot to even make the team.  Undoubtedly, the 6’2″ Bey will be facing off against the 6’4″ rookie during training camp.  The ‘expectations’ are high for Bey – be the guy who can get downfield and be a playmaker.  However, the more realistic expectations are more along the lines of show the coaches you have speed and that you’ve improved your hands enough to stay deep on the depth chart and a competent special teams player.. WR. Exp. 5yrs.. Darrius Heyward-Bey. 85. player. 55