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Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Colts expecting too much from DHB?

By Paul Kuharsky

A look at a player from each team who fans, and perhaps the franchise, might be expecting too much from. Emphasis on might.

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey

Safety LaRon Landry missed 15 games between 2010 and 2011 with a troublesome left Achilles. Cornerback Greg Toler will take on more responsibility with a new team. Outside linebacker Erik Walden hasn’t been much of a pass-rusher. But among the team’s additions, the one who seems to have the most distance to cover to meet the expectations tied to his upside is Heyward-Bey. He was a surprising top-10 pick, seventh overall, by the Oakland Raiders in 2009. A parade of quarterbacks and coordinators certainly made it difficult for him to succeed. But he doesn’t catch the ball well, and that’s an issue that tends to linger for some guys. DHB may be a great target for Andrew Luck and may fit in nicely to Pep Hamilton’s offense, along with Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton. But third-down drops kill drives, and if he doesn’t prove himself to be reliable, Luck could wind up looking other directions at crucial moments.