Heyward-Bey stays in the spotlight

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The Darrius Heyward-Bey discussion continues in a strong piece on ESPN.com by Seth Wickersham.

I know Oakland fans are tiring of reminders that Heyward-Bey is under the microscope as a rookie. But the truth is, he will be one of the most closely watched rookies in the NFL this year after he was a surprise selection at No. 7.

The Raiders and Heyward-Bey knew this the moment he was selected. The Raiders clearly think the speedy receiver can handle it or he wouldn't have been the choice.

I was struck by Heyward-Bey's maturity when I heard him speak at the Raiders' mandatory minicamp in May. He is a bright kid and this whole deal doesn't seem to be too big for him.

He maintained that stance in Wickersham's column. Yes, Heyward-Bey critic Cris Carter also maintained his stance on the rookie in the column as well.